Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario

February Update

Published on March 1, 2019

We’re continuing to meet with organizations working on accessibility and seniors’ issues, including Easter Seals, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, CUPE Workers with Disabilities Committee (include picture) and the Municipal Retirees Organization Ontario.

I also had an opportunity to speak in support of “Noah & Gregory’s Law”, a bill put forward by my colleague Lisa Gretzky, MPP for Windsor West. The bill would rectify an issue affecting thousands of Ontarians with developmental disabilities, who must re-apply for supports after turning 18. In some cases, people wait years before receiving their Passport funding. I’m pleased to say the bill passed second reading with all-party support. You can watch my speech here:

Finally, I tabled three written questions asking the government to provide clarity on the new definition of disability used to determine ODSP eligibility. We will resist any attempt to deny people their benefits through more restrictive criteria.

Meeting with the CUPE Workers with Disabilities Caucus