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Provincial News

February 24, 2011 March 1 deadline to submit letters of interest for EnAbling Change Partnership Program

Organizations have until March 1 to submit letters of interest for the provincial government’s EnAbling Change Partnership Program. The program, administered by the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO), provides funding to organizations with vision, leadership and commitment to promoting greater accessibility across industries and sectors.

February 10, 2011 MHCC seeks participants for online evaluation survey

Participants are being sought for a formative evaluation of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). The evaluation, which will include focus groups and key informant interviews in addition to the survey, will assess the MHCC’s early achievements in relation to its five key strategies, effectiveness and impact. The process is required by the MHCC’s funding agreement with Health Canada.

February 10, 2011 OHRC hosts human rights and mental health consultations for LGBTQ communities

As part of their broader consultations on human rights and mental health, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), in partnership with Rainbow Health Ontario, is hosting two consultations for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer (LGBTQ) communities. The discussion will focus on the rights of LGBTQ people with mental health disabilities and addictions to be free from discrimination in employment, housing and services. The information gathered from these consultations will inform the policy work of the OHRC.

February 10, 2011 MCSS seeks feedback on proposed changes to accessibility regulations

The Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) is currently accepting public feedback on the proposed Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) and proposed changes to the Customer Service Regulation. The public feedback process is required under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).

January 27, 2011 Ontario government accepting written submissions to pre-budget consultation until February 1

Pre-budget consultations are being held across the province by the provincial Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs during January and February 2011.

January 27, 2011 OHRC hosts human rights and mental health roundtable consultations

As part of broader consultations on human rights and mental health, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) is hosting a series of roundtable discussions across the province. The discussion topics will focus on questions about the rights of people with mental health disabilities and addictions to be free from discrimination in employment, housing and services.

January 13, 2011 Ontario releases rural and northern health care report and begins public consultation

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has released the Rural and Northern Health Care Framework/Plan: Stage 1 Final Report. The report is the work of a panel created in 2009 to define a vision, guiding principles, strategic directions and guidelines for a framework/plan that the MOHLTC and the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) can use to address access to care in rural, remote and northern communities.

December 23, 2010 OHRC launches survey on mental health discrimination

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has launched an anonymous survey on mental health discrimination. The purpose of the survey is to learn more about individuals with mental health and addiction disabilities, and the human rights issues and barriers they face. The survey is part of the OHRC’s broader consultation process on human rights and mental health-related issues.

December 23, 2010 Minister's Advisory Group releases recommendations for Ontario's mental health strategy

The Minister’s Advisory Group on the 10-Year Mental Health and Addictions Strategy (Minister’s Advisory Group) has released its final report and recommendations to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the result of 20 months of work, including provincial consultations. This is a step in the development of a provincial mental health and addictions strategy.

October 28, 2010 Request for provincial trans health project advisory committee members

Trans people with diverse backgrounds can apply to become members of a provincial trans health project advisory committee.