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We’re up for an Acorn Prize!

Acorn Prize, Community Living Guelph Wellington

Imagine a gathering space that is creative, inspiring and inviting?

That’s what the people we support have dreamed up for their Guelph Community Living Centre. This space, more commonly known as the ARC Industries building in Guelph, is a gathering place for the people we support. It offers a variety of learning opportunities and day services, and acts as a starting point and hub for the people we support as their find the things that matter most to them in the community.

From January 14th at 8am, until January 25th at 8pm, please vote for us at: https://oaktreeguelph.ca/

The charity with the most votes will receive a $500 prize to be used towards their cause. Your vote will help the people we support make the Guelph Community Living Centre feel more like their own.

Go all-in for Community Living Guelph Wellington!

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Join us on Saturday January 26 for a day filled with fun and poker,
all in support of Community Living Guelph Wellington.

Registration opens at 11:00am, with games getting underway at 12:00pm.

All the action happens at the Guelph Curling Club.

Players initial Buy-In Ticket is $40.00.
All ticket money will be paid out to the top six players.
During the first hour, players may re-buy for $20.00 as many times as they want.
At the first hour break, players may stack up. Stacks are $20.00 for 2000 chips, or $40.00 for 5000 chips.
Proceeds from re-buys and stacking up goes to Community Living Guelph Wellington.

Refreshments will be available through the Guelph Curling Club, at the bar.

Let us know you want to save a seat, ante up, or send us your questions to: Lynn Frost-Arcand at lfrostarcand@clgw.ca

Want to share it with a friend?
Download the flyer here.

Thank you for your support!

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With 2019 right around the corner, we took a look back. And wow, are we grateful for all of the support!

Thanks to amazing community support and engagement, we are excited to share we will be purchasing a new adaptive van in early 2019. With nearly $75,000 raised this past year, we have met our goal. Thank you, thank you, thank YOU!

Your support this past year means that more people we support, are accessing the things that matter most to them. It truly takes a village, and we are grateful that you’re a part of our village.

Special Olympics Coach of the Year!

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Paul Turner being named Canadian Special Olympics Coach of the Year!

Tonight, Paul is being honoured at the Special Olympics Canada 2018 National Awards Night. He has been named Male Coach of the Year. Catch the webcast here: https://www.specialolympics.ca/2018Awards

Congratulations Paul! He has been a member of the Special Olympics family for 40 years, coaching floor hockey, softball and soccer. His most recent major game result was a silver medal in floor hockey at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

Ontario Government Announces Social Assistance Reforms – PooranLaw

Thanks to the folks at PooranLaw, we can share greater clarity on what the reforms to social assistance are in Ontario, as announced by the PC government on November 22, 2018. Below is what was shared by PooranLaw.

Ontario Government Announces Social Assistance Reforms

On November 22, 2018, the PC government announced reforms to social assistance in Ontario. Following a 100-day review of Ontario Works (“OW”) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (“ODSP”), Minister Lisa MacLeod criticized the current system, stating that it created a “cycle of dependence” and proposed a complete over-haul of the system and its administration.

While the government spends $10 billion on social assistance annually for 1 million people, the Minister claimed that one in seven remain in poverty. In addition, half of the people on OW who successfully transition into the workforce end up coming back into the system. The Minister emphasized the need for a “wrap-around” approach that would empower individuals, rather than “police” them. For persons with disabilities, the Minister underscored simplifying programs, reducing red tape and allowing for greater flexibility.

A Plan for Change

While details are sparse, here is what we know about the PC plan to improve social assistance:

  • Definition of Disability for ODSP: The government intends to align the definition of disability with the federal standard, while those already on ODSP would be grandfathered into the system.
  • ODSP Eligibility: Financial eligibility for ODSP will be reviewed annually, rather than monthly.
  • ODSP Earning Exemption: Those on ODSP will receive a flat $6,000 annual exemption, without reducing their assistance. Twenty-five percent of earnings above $6,000 would be exempt. This is $1,200 more per year than the Liberals provided for earlier this year.
  • OW Earning Exemption: Recipients of OW will be able to earn up to $300 per month, without reducing their assistance (up from $200). Twenty-five percent of subsequent earnings would be exempt. Exemptions would start after one month on assistance, rather than after the usual three-month waiting period.
  • LIFT Credit: The Low-Income Individuals and Families Tax Credit (“LIFT”) will allow individuals earning nearly $30,000 per year to keep an extra $850 annually.
  • Multi-ministerial Approach: Minister MacLeod was joined by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities during the announcement and highlighted the need for greater coordination among ministries.
  • Locally Focused Services: Municipal partners will be empowered to deliver services locally, including the creation of a local OW discretionary fund. The government has also tabled legislation on November 21, 2018 establishing a “Social Assistance Research Commission,” an advisory group appointed by the Lieutenant Governor that will recommend ODSP and OW rates for each region in Ontario based on economic geography and the cost of living.
  • Website: A new website has been launched to better match job seekers to employers (Ontario.ca/openforbusiness).

The principles of compassion, dignity and greater independence were referenced repeatedly throughout Minister McLeod’s announcement of the reform. We hope that these principles are reflected in the formal laws and policies that are developed and the manner of their implementation.  Continue reading Ontario Government Announces Social Assistance Reforms – PooranLaw