Community Living Newmarket /Aurora District is a non-profit, charitable organization which provides support to people who have an intellectual disability.

We do this with a dedicated group of staff, volunteers and family members.

We offer a wide range of supports and services that enable people to reach their fullest potential.

Please explore our website further to learn more about the services, supports and opportunities that we offer.

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12th Annual Tribute Dinner

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Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District will honour York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.

Annual Report

Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District 2013 Annual Report

What's New at Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District?

Eliminating Waitlists for Developmental Services

Government Improving Access For 21,000 People With Developmental Disabilities

Ministry of Finance

Ontario plans to eliminate waitlists for direct funding for 21,000 people with developmental disabilities.

As part of the government's vision for the transformation of developmental services, the province would eliminate the current waitlist for the Special Services at Home program for children in two years and the Passport program for adults in four years. 

These programs provide direct funding for people with developmental disabilities, allowing them and their families to customize their services and supports to best meet their individual needs.

In addition to eliminating waitlists for direct support, this investment would:

  • Provide support for urgent residential needs for approximately 1,400 people
  • Support young adults as they navigate key life transitions such as going to school or getting a job
  • Promote community living partnerships through expanded Host Family and Supported Independent Living programs
  • Provide more funding for agencies and front-line workers in the community services sector
  • Promote innovation and cost-efficiency so that costs savings can be re-invested into improving services

Eliminating waitlists for people with developmental disabilities is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow by focusing on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • The government is proposing an $810 million investment over the next three years, the largest ever funding increase to the developmental services system in Ontario.
  • There are an estimated 62,000 adults with developmental disabilities in Ontario; more than 15,000 are supported through the Passport direct funding program.
  • An estimated 28,000 children with developmental disabilities live in Ontario; the Special Services at Home program currently serves more than 12,500.
  • Ontario currently invests more than $1.7 billion in developmental services, a 63 per cent increase since 2003. The proposed additional funding would increase that to more than $2 billion by 2016-17.
  • Approximately 18,000 people with a developmental disability receive residential supports in the community.

** Alert **

An agreement was reached to access the former Huronia Regional Centre (HRC) site for class action members (former residents or a family member).

The dates are as follows:

Friday April 25 and Saturday April 26

Sunday May 25 and Monday May 26

Friday June 20 and Saturday June 21


The links below provide all of the relevant details about the visit and the registration process.

2013 Annual General Meeting

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Patricia Spindel-Abuse by Ministry Correspondence

MCSS Brief Abuse By Ministry: View Online | Download PDF Document
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Response to Minister: Jan, 4 2014: View Online | Download PDF Document

CLO Proposed Bylaw Changes 2013

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Respite Providers Need

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Community Living challenge in support of United Way

A little healthy competition can be a great motivator, especially when it comes to raising money for a special cause. So when it came to last year’s campaign in support of United Way York Region, three of our partner agencies...

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Your help needed for Select Committee!

The following e-mail has been sent on behalf of Christine Elliott, MPP for Whitby-Oshawa:

Dear Friends -

I am writing with an update on the status of the Select Committee on Developmental Services which, as you know, was unanimously approved by all parties in May.

The Committee, once struck, is scheduled to deliver an interim report by October 31, 2013 and a final report by April 30, 2014.  In order to meet these timeframes, it will be necessary for the Committee to meet during the summer recess, which is currently slated to start as of June 7.

Unfortunately, both the Liberals and the NDP are now stalling, and are refusing to strike the Committee and allow the summer hearings to proceed.  

It is critical that you contact the Liberals and the NDP as soon as possible to urge them to establish this committee.  Remind them of their commitment to support this cause, and let them know how important this is to you. 

If possible, please call, email and tweet to Premier Wynne and Andrea Horwath in the next 24 hours. Their contact information is listed below.

I can’t do this alone.  But together, I’m sure we can get this committee working, and advance this vital cause.

Thanks so much for all of your support!

Best regards,


Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne
Phone: 416-325-1941
Twitter: @Kathleen_Wynne

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath
Phone: 416-325-7116
Twitter: @andreahorwath

6th Annual All Ages Poetry Contest

in support of the Associate Family Program. This year's theme is "Home Sweet Home"

Adult Category:

  • 1st Place – Eve Coleman Jang, “Home and Heart of a Gypsy”
  • 2nd Place – Shawney Enkin, “Sweet Sound”
  • 3rd Place – Daniela Tabachnik, “Home Sweet Home: A Soldier’s Return”

Children’s Category:

  • 1st Place – Fanni Pataki (10 years old), “Hungary”
  • 2nd Place – Emily Rosevear (8 years old), “My House”
  • 3rd Place – Kent Murray (10 years old), “Home Sweet Home”


Making A Difference: Voice Of Joy

Susan Hay from Global News speaks with the members of the Voices of Joy Community Choir. Read the story or see the video »

The Ontario Ombudsman

has announced an investigation of Ontario's services for adults with developmental disabilities in crisis. Read this announcement »

Community Living Ontario

makes a general Announcement regarding the Ontario Ombudsman's investigation read more »

Read the letter from Community Living Ontario to the Ombudsman »

Spotlight On Transformation

Read the latest edition of the Ministry of Community and Social Service's bulletin on developmental services transformation »

To go to the Ministry's website »

We've Been Snap'd!

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