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Building Community-Based Capacity in Ontario: Innovations from the Independent Living Sector


Ontario’s Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care promises that “everyone who has needs that can be reasonably met in the home or community will receive support to do so.”

For over 50 years Ontario’s Independent (IL) Living sector has supported tens of thousands of Ontarians whose needs are so complex they would otherwise have lived most or all of their lives in institutions. This includes adults with physical disabilities, acquired brain injury and other chronic health and social needs, as well as growing numbers of high needs older persons and caregivers. Building on proven core models such as outreach, supportive housing and self-directed care, IL providers are now innovating transitional care, hub and spoke models, mobile supports for daily living, and regional provider networks. By offering levels of care in people’s own homes, 24/7, comparable to those in long-term care, these innovations can be scaled and spread quickly to build much-needed community-based capacity while avoiding the massive costs and extended timelines of building new beds.

In two back-to-back workshops, hear key findings from a 2017 province-wide review of IL innovations and from the organization leaders now putting them “on the ground.” Speakers include:

  • Paul Williams, Professor, Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto & CRNCC Co-Chair
  • Michael Mathieson, ED, Access Independent Living Services & Chair, Ontario Association of Independent Living Providers (OAILSP)
  • Carole Beauvais, CEO, Nucleus Independent Living
  • Lynn Calder, ED, Assisted Living Southwestern Ontario (ALSO)
  • Lori Holloway, CEO, Bellwoods Centres for Community Living



Event Details

Date & Time
Thursday, October 19th, 2017
10:15 am - 12:30pm

Ontario Community Support Association Conference 2017
Markham Hilton Suites, 8500 Warden Ave, Markham (Hwy 7 and Warden)

OCSA Conference registration is required. Please visit for registration information.



Related Reports and Resources

A complimentary copy of the 2017 report, Building Community‐Based Capacity to Meet Ontario’s Needs, can be downloaded at and at



The CRNCC is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Ryerson University
The HSPRN is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC)