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TORONTO A group of employers and unions will launch an unprecedented joint campaign tomorrow calling on the province to reinvest in community-based, nonprofit social services.

According to a report that will be released at 10 a.m. at Queens Park, the provinces community social service infrastructure is poised to buckle under the load of:

  • inadequate and restrictive funding, which has been flatlined for at least eight years
  • growing program delivery expectations
  • increased demand for services from families and individuals resulting from cuts to welfare, social housing, child care, health and education.

Representatives from a variety of organizations, including CUPE Ontario, OPSEU, UNITE!, YWCA Toronto, Family Services Association, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants and several Toronto neighbourhood centres, will be available for comment.

What: Launch of joint call to reinvest in Ontarios nonprofit social services
Who: Speakers will be:
Sid Ryan, President, CUPE Ontario
Heather McGregor, Executive Director, YWCA Toronto
Leah Casselman, President, OPSEU
Yves Savoie, Executive Director, Family Services Association
When: 10 a.m., Friday, February 20, 2004
Where: Queens Park Media Studio

For more information, contact:
Pat Daley
CUPE Communications
416-299-9739 ext 264
416-616-6142 (cell)