OFA in Toronto for a Provincial Budget Conversation

The Province kicked off their budget consultation process in December 2019, and OFA is working to ensure non-profits have their say in the next budget. So far, we have had great conversations in York Region and Peel with non-profits about what they want to see in the budget to better serve their communities.

Questions to consider: How does your organizations and your community feel about social assistance cuts? Where do you want to see new investments in community programs? What fiscal priorities should Ontario focus on in the next year?

At this meeting we will also be seeking input on the provinces recently announced Poverty Reduction Strategy update. RSVP here to join OFA in Toronto on Wednesday January 15th, see below for more event details.

The 519 Church St Community Centre
519 Church Street, Toronto, ON – M4Y 2C9
Click [here] to RSVP to the Toronto Discussion!
The venue is accessible, and refreshments will be provided.

Ontario Oral Health Alliance Forum at Queen’s Park

Over 80 community members from across Ontario met at Queens Park to get MPPs talking about expanding access to dental care – a gaping hole in our healthcare system.
Ontario’s healthcare system does not cover our teeth and gums. An estimated 2-3 million people in Ontario do not visit a dentist, mainly due to the cost. Too many people in our communities have no access to preventive oral health services and treatments that save teeth, health and jobs.

  • We shared with MPPs the challenges to accessing dental care our communities
  • Heard from guest speakers: people with lived experience of this problem; an ER doctor; community dental clinics that are helping to fill the gap
  • Listened and commented as MPPs from the PC, NDP and Liberal parties explained their positions on this issue.

Got lots of coverage on Twitter: Follow this issue at #ONdental

CBC Radio: One ER doctor’s take on the need for universal dental care (audio link), CBC Metro Morning, March 21, 2018