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Community Living Ontario Media Release: Institutionalization in any form will not be tolerated

Institutionalization in Ontario in any form will not be tolerated

Community Living Ontario and the People First of Canada/Canadian Association for Community Living National Task Force on the Right to Live in the Community are denouncing attemps to re-institutionalize Ontarians who have an intellectual disability and are calling for greater collaboration and investment in the Developmental Services sector.

Angel Oak Communities has proposed converting the former Saint Stanislaus Novitiate Jesuit College at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph into a 70-unit residence for people who have intellectual and physical disabilities and seniors.  In a recent non-binding letter of intent, the Jesuit Province of Canada has outlined its intention to enter into a long-term lease agreement with developer Angel Oak Communities to repurpose their property.

"It wasn't that long ago we were celebrating the closure of institutions for people labelled with an intellectual disabililty in Ontario.  Today, we were outraged to read about the proposed facility at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph.  As one institution closes, another opens.  This is a huge step backwards for the province of Ontario," said Kory Earle, President of People First of Canada.  Continue reading.

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