211 on Social Services Newsletter June 2015
New Show Portraying Stories of Newcomers in Canada
New Canadians is an online program that showcases settlement, education, employment and small business resources available to newcomers to help them maximize their chances of success and ease their integration into Canadian society and workforce. It will also profile successful immigrants who have overcome many challenges and established themselves in Canada. New Canadians is produced in association with the New Canadian Media Professionals Network, a Professional Immigrant Network’s (PINS) association.
Ontario Launches the Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund
The Province of Ontario has launched the Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund (SEDF) to grow social entrepreneurs and enterprises who are tackling social and environmental issues and creating jobs, especially for disadvantaged populations. SEDF will contribute $4 million to 11 social finance organizations based on such factors as potential for maximum economic impact, job creation and inclusion of disadvantaged people. Each participating regional organization is leveraging the province’s funding to raise more capital from other sources for micro-loans and grants. For example, RISE Asset Development provides low-interest small business loans, training and mentorship to social entrepreneurs who cannot access traditional financing, specifically individuals with a history of mental health or addictions challenges or experience in the criminal justice system. For more information visit Social Enterprise Ontario.
Home Cooking Program for Students Aged 12 to 17
Sobeys Better Food Fund, Sobeys Inc. and Free the Children have co-developed Home Cook Heroes, an empowering program that provides students aged 12 to 17 with nutritional literacy, food awareness and basic cooking skills. Cooking skills are life skills and they teach people how to be self-reliant, independent and instil a natural sense of wellbeing. Combined with nutritional literacy, cooking skills empower people to take control of their health. To find out more and to get this in your school, please visit https://www.we.org/home-cook-heroes/
Smiles For a Lifetime Program Launches in Canada
Davis Orthodontics in Richmond Hill has become a founding member of one of the first Canadian chapters of the Smiles for a Lifetime Foundation. The Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization that provides orthodontic care (free braces) to children, aged 11-18, with financial challenges. To qualify, patients must submit an application form to the Smiles for a Lifetime GTA Board which consists of a diverse group of community members. If approved, the orthodontic treatment is provided at no charge to the patient. Davis Orthodontics will award 12 orthodontic scholarships or treatments per year. Applications can be downloaded from the Davis Orthodontics website at www.davisortho.ca
Canada’s Rare Disease Strategy
The Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders (CORD) released Canada’s Rare Disease Strategy and called upon the federal, provincial and territorial governments along with researchers, healthcare providers, educators, employers, and the patient community to join forces to make the strategy a reality. Canadians can read the strategy and voice support for governments and others to take action by signing an on-line declaration on the CORD website at: www.raredisorders.ca.
Grants for Community Projects Using Recycled Tires
Ontario Tire Stewardship has re-launched their Community Renewal Fund. The first grant program launched in 2011 as a way to encourage Ontario communities and organizations to think green and build green by using recycled tire products by Ontario recyclers and manufacturers. The program, which awards eligible Ontario-based communities and organizations up to $50,000 toward the purchase and installation of Ontario-manufactured recycled rubber products, has benefited communities across Ontario through projects such as playgrounds, community sidewalks and roofing retrofits. Click here for details.
HSBC Family Literacy Free Program in English, French and Chinese
HSBC Family Literacy First is a free program created by ABC Life Literacy Canada to bring parents and children together to practice family literacy. Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher, and whether you’re engaging in a learning activity in your first or second language, both the parent and child benefit. HSBC Family Literacy First offers four independent modules each with a story and various activities, designed to bring families together to celebrate and practice their literacy skills. Modules are available in three languages: English, French and Simplified Chinese with more languages to be added in the coming years. Visit http://www.familyliteracyfirst.ca/ to download modules.
Let’s Talk Science Receives Government Funding for STEM Programs for Children
The Government of Canada is providing $12.5 million in funding over five years to Let’s Talk Science, a national charity. Let’s Talk Science will quadruple its reach, engaging an estimated 5 million more Canadian children and youth in their award-winning programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Let’s Talk Science offers programs and resources to support both youth and educators from the early years through to Grade 12, as well as a focus on research.
Business Families Foundation and RBC Create Online Program for Family Businesses
The non-profit Business Families Foundation and RBC form a partnership to provide family businesses with a robust suite of support tools to help with transition planning, with the ultimate goal of keeping more businesses within the family. The partnership will help produce an extensive online education program entitled Discovering Family Ownership, with videos and courses focused on the unique challenges family business owners face, as well as a range of events and whitepapers geared towards business owners and their families. For more info visit http://businessfamilies.org/rbc/.
Kunuwanimano Child and Family Services Receives Ministry Designation
Kunuwanimano Child and Family Services in Timmins received designation as a fully mandated child welfare agency by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services in May. Kunuwanimano means ‘keeping our own’, and designation will allow the agency to provide child protection services to its 11 First Nation communities and Aboriginal people living in its jurisdiction in a manner that respects cultural identity, and to continue service and program development as a multi-service child, family and community agency with all of the responsibilities of any Children’s Aid Society in Ontario.
Improving Transportation for Youth, Seniors, Persons Living With Disabilities
A new pilot grant program will improve community transportation services for seniors, persons living with disabilities, youth and other members of the community who need transportation. A total of 22 municipalities were selected to receive funds to partner with community organizations, such as health and community agencies, transit agencies, school-bus operators and private transit operators, to co-ordinate local transportation services, so more rides can be provided for more people to more destinations. Click here for info:
New Ontario Government Toll-Free Line to Report AODA Violations
There is a new Ontario Government toll-free line to report AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) violations by calling 1-866-515-2025 or TTY: 1-800-268-7095. It is not necessary to first notify the organization of your concern that it has violated the AODA. If you have tried to address this with the organization, please mention this and the organization’s response when you call the Government’s toll-free number.
LGBT Persons at the End-of-Life Resource
Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre has pulled together an inventory of resources for end-of-life care for LGBT persons. Find the Toronto LGBT end-of-life resource inventory here
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