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The Region of Peel, comprised of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, has a population of approximately 1.3 million residents and continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in Ontario. During the last census period (2001 to 2006), Peelís population grew by 17 per cent, bringing 170,400 new residents into the region, and more than 34,000 residents move to Peel annually.

Access to provincially funded community services has not kept pace with our growing population, posing some real challenges for our communities. Peel residents wait much longer than other Ontarians for key support services, such as affordable housing, mental health and childcare services. When these essential services are not available to our most vulnerable residents, the health, economy and quality of life in our communities suffers.

Child Care

  • The wait list for subsidized child care in Peel is approximately 3,600 children. Why?
  • Parents can wait many months for affordable child care spots to open up. Why?
  • At last count, Peel had 9 children living in low income for every available subsidized child care spot, the worst ratio in Canada. Why?
  • Historically, Peel area children have received over 50% less provincial funding than the rest of the Ontario. Why?

Before the October 6th Provincial Election, ask your candidates why Peel residents wait months or even years for community services, like child care, that are important to all of us.

Housing

  • Over 15,000 households are on Peel's wait list for access to social housing units. Why?
  • Based on a 2009 survey, 84 per cent of those on the waitlist spend more than 30 per cent of their monthly income on shelter. Why?
  • Roughly 11,500 individuals, including approximately 3,300 children and 1,000 youth, used homeless shelters located in Peel in 2009. Why?
  • A family moving into social housing in Peel today has waited up to 15 years for that placement. Why?

Before the October 6th Provincial Election, ask your candidates why Peel residents wait months or even years for community services, like housing, that are important to all of us.

Special Needs

  • In Peel, more than 1,000 families are on a waiting list for funding to provide in home services for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. Why?
  • In Peel, 600 people with developmental disabilities are on a waiting list for a spot in a supervised home. Why?
  • Families with children with special needs can wait up to 12 months for an assessment. Why?
  • Depending on age, in 2010, children in Peel waited between 4 and 9 months to access preschool Speech & Language therapy. Why?
  • In 2010, 1,100 children in Peel and Halton regions were on the waiting list for preschool speech & Language therapy. Why?
  • Nearly 200 children with special needs are currently waiting for child care spaces. Why?

Before the October 6th Provincial Election, ask your candidates why Peel residents wait months or even years for community services, like those supporting individuals with special needs, that are important to all of us.

Mental Health

  • In Peel there is a 6-7 month wait list for persons needing intensive case management services. Why?
  • Youth in Peel can wait up to 8 months to receive youth counselling and 10 months to access day treatment services. Why?
  • Individuals with serious mental illness wait on average approximately 3 1/2 years for supportive housing with over 1200 people on the wait list.
  • In Peel, individuals who are not currently homeless but who require supportive housing as part of their mental health recovery plan face a 10.5 year wait list. Why?

Before the October 6th Provincial Election, ask your candidates why Peel residents wait months or even years for community services, like mental health, that are important to all of us.

 

Revised: Tuesday September 27 2011

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