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OTF Transitional Support Initative

September 22, 2017

Media Release                                                                                   September 22, 2017


$247,800 Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for Transitional Support Initiative

Peterborough – Earlier this month, the Brain Injury Association of Peterborough Region (BIAPR) welcomed agencies in the community to its launch event to mark the continuation of the Seed to Grow grant Transitional Support program that supports individuals with their Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) application. Local MPP Jeff Leal was on hand to congratulate BIAPR and the Brain Injury Association of Durham (BIAD) and had an opportunity to hear more about how this successful program in Durham Region, and its initial pilot in Peterborough will make a more long-term impact in the area thanks to a three-year, $247,800 Grow grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation made earlier this year.


“It’s great to see our government through the Ontario Trillium Foundation partnering with the Brain Injury Association Peterborough Region to help launch the Transitional Support Initiative. This program will enhance the lives of individuals in our community living with cognitive impairments by providing the supports they need to complete their application process.” - Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough


In addition to this program providing assistance for people on applying for ODSP, the grant will be used to provide transportation support for those who need to attend doctor’s appointments, Ontario Works caseworker appointments or any appointments related to completing the ODSP application process and expansion of the project to the other counties (Haliburton, City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland).


“The Transitional Support Program was extremely successful when it was supported by an initial Seed grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2016.  It allowed our Association to hire the staff necessary to assist our members and new clients to transition to support from the Ontario Disability Support Program.  We believe that the program’s success will continue under the continuation of the program with the grow grant as it expands out into the four counties over the next three years.” - Jeff Lanctot President of the Board of Directors for BIAPR


The BIAPR is committed to making this program accessible for all persons living with a cognitive impairment. To learn more about this program and other BIAPR services, please visit the website:


As an agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. 




For more information, please contact:

Teryl Hoefel, Executive Director

Brain Injury Association of Peterborough Region