Ontario government signals more layoffs under new autism model
2019-06-18 from theglobeandmail.com
Ontario’s social services minister is signalling more layoffs to come in the autism services sector after a treatment centre laid off more than 100 people while the government revamps its funding model to offer more choice to parents.
But Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, on Tuesday said she expects service providers will be re-employed once the new system settles in.
Ms. MacLeod said recent changes to the Ontario autism program will ensure that more families receive direct funding for autism services, as opposed to giving money to service providers.
“We understand the challenges that occur during a transition period can be unsettling, but our intended result is a system that provides more choice to families and parents,” Ms. MacLeod said in a statement.
“As these changes are implemented we anticipate further staffing changes. However, we know these changes will also mean an increased demand for autism-related services as funding is increased and more children come off the wait list.”
The higher demand, Ms. MacLeod said, should lead to more service-provider jobs “in the immediate future.” The first cheques to some families are set to go out this week, Ms. MacLeod’s office said.
The funding changes have already affected one of Ontario’s largest treatment centres for children with disabilities.
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