Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) have submitted a joint response to the Ministry of Community and Social Services on the proposed Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR), which harmonizes the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards for information and communications, employment and transportation into a single regulation. Accessibility standards are the rules that businesses and organizations in Ontario have to follow to identify, remove and prevent barriers to accessibility.
The process details of the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) translation are now available on the Community Care Information Management (CCIM) website. OCAN is a standardized, consumer-led, decision-making tool that assists with mental health recovery.
The Ontario government has announced the expansion of the Aging at Home strategy. Programs under this strategy provide health care services to seniors at home so that they can remain living in their own home. The strategy is also meant to avoid unnecessary visits to hospitals, which can ultimately reduce emergency room wait times.
The Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (OHCC) is collaborating with three other provincial healthy community networks on a national project called “Healthy Communities: An Approach to Action on the Determinants of Health in Canada.” The goal of the project is to demonstrate that using a Healthy Community approach is an effective way to address chronic disease prevention in Canada.
The Office of the Correctional Investigator (OCI) has released the fourth and final assessment of Correctional Services of Canada’s (CSC) response to preventable deaths in federal custody, including recommending improved monitoring of inmates with mental health issues in Canada’s prison system.
A review of the current Canadian Sport Policy, set to expire in 2012, is being conducted by federal, provincial and territorial governments. The purpose of the review process is to determine whether future policy should be developed, and what such policy should look like.
In 2007, ARCH Disability Law Centre undertook a strategic planning exercise to assess progress in achieving its goals and priorities and to decide upon activities that would be most useful to the community. ARCH is now looking for input on a new strategic plan currently in development.
The Ontario Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions has released its final report, which includes 23 recommendations for action.
The Government of Ontario has responded to the Beer Review of theAccessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The response addresses the recommendations to harmonize accessibility standards, renew leadership, establish an Ontario Accessibility Standards Board and repeal the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA), which preceded the AODA.
The Government of Ontario and the Trillium Foundation are in process of consulting with the not-for-profit sector as part of the province’s Open Ontario plan.