June 21st, 2017

NDP honours developmental service workers, calls for reliable funding from government

Lisa Gretzky, Ontario NDP community and social services critic, issued the following statement to mark Developmental Service Workers Day.

“New Democrats honour the dedication of developmental service workers who do such an amazing job helping Ontarians with developmental disabilities live full and productive lives in communities across our province.

We are incredibly proud of their contributions that make our society more equitable for every citizen. However, despite their best efforts, the mission of developmental service workers is too often hampered by a lack of dependable funding support from the Liberal government for community living services and programs.

Ontarians living with developmental disabilities deserve every opportunity to realize their full potential. Premier Wynne must understand that underfunding puts an unfair burden on families who never should have to go without the essential services and programs they rely upon.

Developmental service workers who dedicate their professional lives to helping others deserve all of the resources they need from government to do the jobs they love and to deliver the services they are trained to provide.”