“Where’s Home?” is published jointly by the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) and the Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada, Ontario Region (CHFCO), and reveals the results of the annual survey of the affordable housing situation in Ontario. The 2011 edition contains long-standing information on renter statistics (there are 1.3 million renter households across the province), housing vacancies (bachelor vacancies are down), the wait list for affordable housing (up this year by 10,442 households) and a comparison of renter and home owner markets comparative to income.
The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario) and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) made a joint submission to the review of Ontario’s Social Assistance System. The submission is in response to the “Discussion Paper: Ideas and Questions” that the Commission used to guide public consultation in July 2011.
Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) across Ontario have invested $40 million to enhance services for seniors who are displaying behaviours that are associated with complex and challenging mental health, dementia or other neurological conditions. The new investments are for local initiatives that improve care by hiring and training new staff – nurses, personal support workers and other health care providers with the specialized skills needed to provide appropriate care for seniors.
The Local Health Integrated Network Collaborative (LHINC) is an Ontario provincial advisory body formed by the LHINs in 2009 to strengthen relationships with health service providers, their associations and LHINs collectively on system-wide issues. LHINC established a Working Group (WG) on mental health and addictions in April 2010 for the purposes of providing practical, consistent provincial advice on improving access to care for people with lived experience and methods to measure and track the changes. Members of the group represent the geographic diversity of the province as well as service provider sectors across Ontario. Through surveys, interaction with provincial groups and literature reviews, the WG developed an understanding of the issues around mental health and addictions.
The Ontario government has announced a review into the implementation and effectiveness of amendments to the Human Rights Code that took effect June 30, 2008.
The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has just released a “Draft Framework for the Law as It Affects Older Adults” for public feedback. Once finalized, the framework can be used by legislators, policy-makers, advocacy organizations, community groups and service providers in the evaluation of new or existing laws, policies, and practices as they impact older adults. The framework will also promote consideration of the circumstances and experience of older Ontarians when legislation and policy are developed.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has produced an online learning video titled “Human Rights 101.” This educational video includes three units:
The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has released its annual report for 2010–2011. Titled “Looking Back, Moving Forward,” this report not only reviews the past fiscal year, it also celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the founding of the OHRC.
As part of the broader Creating Together: Co-Creating a Mental Health and Addictions Research Agenda for Ontario initiative (see the May 5th issue of Mental Health Notes for more information about Creating Together), in September 2010, OMHAKEN and Rainbow Health Ontario partnered to sponsor the first mental health and addictions research consultation with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities in Ontario.
As of July 25, 2011 Ontarians can now apply for the province’s new government-issued photo identification (ID) card. The new photo ID card can be obtained at one of 21 ServiceOntario locations across the province and will be available at all locations by 2012.