April 18, 2013 People with disabilities and the front
line staff who work with them joined forces on April 10 to tell MPPs: improve
disability benefits, but not in the ways recommended by a provincial commission.
Potential social assistance changes could leave people with
disabilities worse off
April 8, 2013 The government should not implement
changes to social assistance sought by the social assistance review
because they will hurt some of the most vulnerable people in Ontario,
people with disabilities.
December 17, 2012
ODSP members are handing out postcards calling on MPPs to support a humane
system of income and vocational supports for people with disabilities delivered
by provincial staff more...
December 17, 2012 About 1,000 letters have been sent to Community and
Social Services Minister John Milloy, calling on his government to not combine
the Ontario Disability Support Program with Ontario Works and download the new
program to municipalities more...
June 21, 2012 Local 601 held a Sidewalk Bake Sale and Rally to protest changes to the Ontario Disability Support Program June 21
June 19, 2012 Events supporting community based initiatives such as food
banks, youth sports and family shelters took place across the province .more...
May 29, 2012 Roxanne Barnes, CERC Co-Chair OPS and MCSS MERC Co-Chair invites all OPSEU locals to take part in Community Engagement Week June 11 through June 17.
May 24, 2012 The closure of the St. Thomas office of the Ontario Disability Support
Program will force 2,200 people with disabilities to go to London to receive help.
May 23, 2012 OPSEU members who work
for the Ontario Disability Support Program spoke out against the downloading of
the provincial program to municipalities in seven communities. more...
May 22, 2012 Staff with the Ontario Disability Support Program are speaking out against downloading the program from the province to municipalities. They are members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union and are holding public events before work or during their lunch hours.
May 22, 2012 “We are advisors to our clients, providing options for greater participation in
community life and, where appropriate, the workforce,” says OPSEU Local 308 stewards in their message to members.
“We celebrate our clients’ successes, milestones and even baby steps towards full inclusion in the community,”
18, 2012 Downloading the delivery of ODSP to municipalities along with other
proposed changes to social assistance will make people with disabilities worse
off. Read this flyer to find out more
March 12, 2012 The union's third submission to the Social
Assistance Review argues that downloading the Ontario Disability Support
Program to municipalities will raise costs, reduce the quality of service
and further stigmatize Ontarians with a disability
January 17, 2012 The delivery of the Ontario Disability Support Program is at risk o
f being privatized through ServiceOntario or merged with Ontario Works if it is downloaded to municipalities.
OPSEU members are encouraged to lobby all government MPPs.
Memo to All OPSEU members in the Ontario Disability Support Program - January 13, 2012
Lobby Kit, ODSP Campaign - January to March 2012
December 21, 2011 The union will be starting a campaign in January against two major threats to the Ontario Disability Support Program. Click below to download PDF documents..
Calendar of workplace solidarity events, January -March 2012
Flyer on hearings and town hall forums, beginning in January 2012
November 22, 2011 OPSEU has submitted a follow-up report
to the Commission for the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario. The union
calls for continued provincial delivery of ODSP but with substantial
improvements made to the program.
download the document…
October 27, 2011 The provincially-appointed Commission
for the Reform of Social Assistance has told the union it may recommend the
downloading of ODSP to municipalities more…