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Provincial News

October 1, 2015 Ontario Developing its First Culture Strategy

Ontario is seeking input from across the province to develop its first culture strategy, which will guide a  vision for arts and culture in Ontario in hopes of building healthier and prosperous communities.  Culture in Ontario can include things like heritage, traditions, and identity, creative arts such music and film, and public spaces including libraries, museums and historical sites.

September 17, 2015 Council for People with Disabilities calls for change

A new report by the Partnership Council on Employment Opportunities urges the Ontario government to eliminate policy barriers and allow more people with disabilities to permanently enter the workforce.

September 17, 2015 Ontario announces new and improved supports for post-secondary students

As many post-secondary youth embark on a new school year, Ontario has announced a number of new programs and improvements to help students with the costs of their education and career goals.

September 17, 2015 New report calls for decriminalizing mental health in Ontario

Unlocking-Change-Draft_Page_01-190x300A new report by the John Howard Society of Ontario (JHSO) calls for increased funding in provincial support systems to decrease the percentage of people with mental health issues in correctional facilities.

September 17, 2015 New bundled care teams receive funding

Ontario recently announced a new approach aimed to help people transition more smoothly out of hospital and into their homes. Six communities across the province will be part of a new bundled care approach to healthcare, which will provide a single payment to a team of health providers to cover care for people in hospital and at home.

September 17, 2015 Ontario announces support for refugees

The Ontario government recently announced $8.5 million over two and a half years to support refugees, increase the number of refugees coming to Ontario, and help settle and integrate them once they arrive.

August 13, 2015 Action Plan Released for Ontario Community Hubs

Action PlanThe Community Hub Framework Advisory Group has released a report to guide the development of community hubs. The report, Community Hubs in Ontario: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan, is the first step towards bringing services together.

August 13, 2015 New funding for small hospitals

Ontario is investing more than $7 million in small hospitals, including many rural hospitals, to improve care for patients closer to home.

August 13, 2015 Local Employment Planning Councils: Call for Proposals

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has released a Call for Proposals to identify organizations, or groups of organizations working in partnership, to pilot Local Employment Planning Councils (LEPCs).  This is a major initiative under the Ministry’s Employment and Training Services Initiative (ETSI).

August 13, 2015 Toronto Homelessness Research Symposium

Toronto Homelessness Research SymposiumThe City of Toronto, in partnership with the Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, is hosting its inaugural Toronto Homelessness Research Symposium on Monday, October 19, 2015.