Who We Are

Our Vision:

A community that celebrates inclusion and inspires possibilities.


Our Mission:

We are committed to supporting people with an intellectual disability to achieve their goals and dreams; empowering them to flourish as full citizens who are valued in their community.


Who We are and What We Do:

Since 1961 Community Living Essex County, a non-profit, registered charitable organization has been committed to assisting people of all ages who have an intellectual disability and their families throughout Essex County.

Community Living Essex County envisions a society where everyone belongs, has equality, respect and acceptance. The gifts, uniqueness and innate value of each person is celebrated, supported and acknowledged as essential to the completeness of the whole community.

We help the community develop its capacity to welcome and support people who have not always had equal opportunities to participate in community life in meaningful, productive ways.

Over 600 employees and hundreds of  dedicated volunteers join together to provide quality supports and inspire opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities of all ages across Essex County.

Facts about Community Living Essex County:

  • We support over 650 people of all ages as they develop their capacity to live, learn, work and participate in their community.
  • Services and supports include supported living, community participation supports, employment supports, family supports, Special Services at Home and assistance with Passport Funding.
  • The majority of our funding for services comes from the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Reasonable fees for services are charged. Additional funding is secured through donations and a variety of fund-raising events including the annual Ruthven Apple Festival, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk and Wheel, Annual Golf Tournament, giftwrapping at Devonshire Mall, etc.