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  • April 05, 2017

Ontario Supporting Greater Employment Opportunities for Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Thunder Bay

Province Announces Employment and Modernization Fund Project

Ontario is supporting adults with developmental disabilities in Thunder Bay as part of a province wide program that will help promote community-based employment and improve employment services and supports. Community Living Thunder Bay is receiving funding for its Pathway Towards Inclusion Project, which will assist adults with developmental disabilities to find community based activities such as employment, volunteering and other forms of community participation. The project also involves developing a city-wide community employment campaign to engage employers in conjunction with other service providers and people supported through the agency. This is one of 38 projects that is receiving support through the second phase of Ontario’s Employment and Modernization Fund (EMF), which promotes greater inclusion and independence for people with developmental disabilities in their communities. Supporting agencies and helping adults with developmental disabilities live as independently as possible is part of Ontario’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. 


“As I visit agencies across the province, I see the continued expansion of strong partnerships that are driving more inclusivity for people with developmental disabilities in our communities. We have already begun to see the progress that the Employment and Modernization funding has had on agencies being able to deliver programs that are giving individuals with developmental disabilities greater opportunities for employment.”

— Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services                                                                                     

“Congratulations to Community Living Thunder Bay on the outstanding work you do in our community and on receiving funding through Phase II of the Employment and Modernization Fund. We’ve seen firsthand the difference that creative projects, like Pathway Towards Inclusion have made. Today’s announcement means that we can continue to make strides in supporting people with finding meaningful opportunities in our community.”

— Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay Atikokan 


  • As part of Phase II of the Employment and Modernization Fund, the government is investing over $7 million for 38 creative projects across the province.
  • Community Living Thunder Bay is receiving $211,000 for their Pathway Towards Inclusion Project.
  • The EMF is part of the Ontario government’s $810 million multi-year investment strategy in community and developmental services.
  • Ontario currently invests over $2 billion a year in developmental services. 


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