Community Living Algoma’s executive director said he is disappointed in provincial government cuts to social assistance programs, including a 50 per cent slash to the planned increase to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

“It certainly was an unexpected decision and we hope this is not a sign of what we can continue to see happen within the developmental services sector,” said John Policicchio.

When the three per cent increase to ODSP was announced, there was a sense of “hope and optimism,” he added.

“That is no longer the feeling amongst people with intellectual disabilities, their families and the developmental services sector,” Policicchio said.