Ontario Ensuring Workplaces are Accessible by Launching Compliance Audits

  Ontario is conducting targeted audits of retail companies with 500 or more employees to ensure workplaces and employee practices are accessible during a three-month audit blitz this fall.   The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure is leading the audits, with the goal of ensuring that employers are making accessibility a regular part of recruiting and supporting employees with disabilities.   The ministry will check that large retailers meet requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), including:
       – Creating and making public a multi-year accessibility plan that outlines the steps put in place to remove and prevent barriers for employees and customers.
     – Developing customized emergency plans for employees with disabilities.
  The province has made resources available and worked with organizations to help ensure workplaces are accessible, and will continue to support businesses in these efforts going forward.   For resources and more information, visit the Ontario government’s Newsroom website.
  Newsroom  


TTC Subway Closure

 
This weekend on November 7th and 8th, there will be no subway service on Line 2 between Keele and St George stations.    All trains on Line 2 will turn back westbound at Keele Station and eastbound at St George Station.    During this closure, replacement buses will stop at all stations.
 
For customers requiring a station with an elevator, Wheel-Trans buses will operate between St George and Jane stations on request, stopping at all stations.   Customers can request the Wheel-Trans bus by speaking with a Supervisor at the station.   Customers travelling eastbound who require the elevator must exit the train at Jane Station and speak to the Supervisor at the bus platform to request the Wheel-Trans bus.
 
For more information, visit the TTC website or call 416-393-4636 (INFO)
 
TTC website


Increasing Support for People Receiving Social Assistance

Ontario has increased financial support for people receiving social assistance.  Social assistance rates were increased in the 2015 Budget, including:

  • $25 more per month for single adults receiving Ontario Works who don’t have children, for a total monthly increase of $75 since 2013
  • One per cent more for families receiving Ontario Works
  • One per cent more for people with disabilities who access the Ontario Disability Support Program
  • One per cent more for various other rates, including the Remote Communities Allowance and Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities.

For more information, visit the Ontario Newswroom Website.

Ontario Newsroom

Additional Resources

The 2015 Ontario Budget: Building Ontario Up

Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy: Realizing Our Potential


Increasing Support for People Receiving Social Assistance

 
Ontario has increased financial support for people receiving social assistance.  Social assistance rates were increased in the 2015 Budget, including:
 
 $25 more per month for single adults receiving Ontario Works who don’t have children, for a total monthly increase of $75 since 2013
 One per cent more for families receiving Ontario Works
 One per cent more for people with disabilities who access the Ontario Disability Support Program
 One per cent more for various other rates, including the Remote Communities Allowance and Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities.
  For more information, visit the Ontario Newswroom Website.
 
Ontario Newsroom
 
 
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES 
 
–  The 2015 Ontario Budget: Building Ontario Up   – Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy: Realizing Our Potential    


TANGLED GETS “FIXED” AT TIFF!

  In commemoration of the International Day for People with Disabilities, Tangled is partnering with the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson and TIFF’s Higher Learning Series to present a screening of Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement.

This will be followed by a panel of a disability studies scholar, writer, and a roboticist who will explore the drive to make ourselves ‘better than human’ and debate the radical technologies that promise to take us there.

When:   December 3rd, 11am-1:30PM

Where:
TIFF Lightbox, 350 King Street W

Free and open to the public, however, please email info@tangledarts.org to reserve a ticket

Access info: Barrier- Free venue and ASL and described video provided

 


Housing Connections is now part of the City of Toronto

  
The City of Toronto is now directly managing the centralized waiting list for social housing, and has agreed with Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) to transfer this function to the City.   The valued employees of Housing Connections, until yesterday a subsidiary of TCHC, have joined Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to become a unit within the Social Housing Unit.    For the thousands of clients with new or existing applications for subsidized housing, and for the agencies and workers who support them, it is business as usual. There are no changes to how people may contact Housing Connections:
    •    Call centre: 416-981-6111, M-F, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
    •    Online: www.housingconnections.ca
    •    In person: Resource Centre, 176 Elm Street, M, Wed-Fri, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Tues, 10 am to 6 pm

The return to the City of waiting list administration was directed by City Council last May. The transfer is expected to be completed by yearend.
The City is looking to provide those on the waiting list for social housing with a range of  services and options to meet their affordable housing needs.
 
 


Tangled Gets “Fixed” at TIFF

In commemoration of the International Day for People with Disabilities, Tangled is partnering with the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson and TIFF’s Higher Learning Series to present a screening of Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement.

This will be followed by a panel of a disability studies scholar, writer, and a roboticist who will explore the drive to make ourselves ‘better than human’ and debate the radical technologies that promise to take us there.

When: December 3rd, 11am-1:30PM

Where: TIFF Lightbox, 350 King Street W

Free and open to the public, however, please email info@tangledarts.org to reserve a ticket.

Access info: Barrier- Free venue and ASL and described video provided.


Housing Connections is now part of the City of Toronto

The City of Toronto is now directly managing the centralized waiting list for social housing, and has agreed with Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) to transfer this function to the City.

The valued employees of Housing Connections, until yesterday a subsidiary of TCHC, have joined Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to become a unit within the Social Housing Unit.

For the thousands of clients with new or existing applications for subsidized housing, and for the agencies and workers who support them, it is business as usual. There are no changes to how people may contact Housing Connections:

  • Call centre: 416-981-6111, M-F, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Online: www.housingconnections.ca
  • In person: Resource Centre, 176 Elm Street, M, Wed-Fri, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Tues, 10 am to 6 pm

The return to the City of waiting list administration was directed by City Council last May.

The transfer is expected to be completed by year end.

The City is looking to provide those on the waiting list for social housing with a range of  services and options to meet their affordable housing needs.


National Housing Day in Toronto: The People’s Assembly on the Right to Housing

  Join the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario and the Right to Housing Coalition in Toronto for a march and People’s Assembly on Friday November 20th to mark National Housing Day!‎   Date:  Friday November 20th   Time:       11:00am – March Begins!‎
Location: meet outside the Superior Court of Justice, 361 University Ave. (north of Queen St. W)   Time:       12:30pm–3:30pm – People’s Assembly!
Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square (behind Eaton Centre)

Rise up, speak up! Be a “spect-actor” in our legislative theatre chambers and join our collective voices for an end to the affordable housing and homelessness crisis!
Our collective ideas on the policies and laws that affect our communities will be shared with policymakers and legislators.
Theatre of the Oppressed performance by Branch Out Theatre.
Free – all welcome! Wheelchair accessible. ASL interpretation provided.
A light, hot lunch will be served at Church of the Holy Trinity at 12:00pm.
This event is part of a national day of action.   To register online: https://nationalhousingday2015.eventbrite.ca
(If you need assistance with registration, call 416-597-5855 or toll free 1-866-245-4182)
 


Disability/Visibility Workshops: Youth with Disabilities (18-30) & Photography

Disability/Visibility is a 9-week Community Arts project in partnership with Holland Bloorview, culminating in a gallery show in February 2016.

Youth 18-30 who identify with the experience of disability will work with artist Maayan Ziv to develop photography skills, and to explore disability, identity, and community.

Participants will work in groups and individually with Maayan.

Dates:
Sundays, November 8 – January 24
No classes: Dec. 20, Dec. 27, Jan. 3

Time:
3:00 – 5:00 pm

Place:
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave at Bloor, www.mnjcc.org.

FREE

To register phone (416) 924-6211 x 0  or for more info contact: liviyam@mnjcc.org.

For more information, please click here.