TORONTO, ON – CUPE Ontario will join the Ontario Autism Coalition (OAC) and its labour and community allies for a rally at Queen’s Park, starting at 11:30 a.m. on February 18.

The OAC and allies are raising concerns about the plans for a new funding arrangement for children with autism that was promised for April of this year. Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, broke that promise when he announced a year’s delay in creating a needs-based autism program, causing widespread stress among parents. This is compounded by announcements last year that also saw cuts to funding for community based supports, and that saw the loss of critical services families rely on.

WHO: Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario

WHAT: Rally with the Ontario Autism Coalition

WHEN: Tuesday, February 18, at 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Queen’s Park, 111 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, ON

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For more information, contact:

Daniel Tseghay, CUPE Communications, 647-220-9739, [email protected]

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