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Partners & Funders

Our Partners

At the Disability Justice Network of Ontario, we recognize that achieving a just and accessible world is a collaborative effort. We're honoured to be partnered with dedicated organizations who share our vision and commitment to creating spaces where people with disabilities can truly be free.

DAWN Canada

DAWN Canada is located on the Kanien'kéha Nation's territory of Tiohtià:ke, also known as Montreal.

DAWN Canada was founded in 1985 following a meeting between seventeen women from across Canada who came together to discuss issues of mutual concern. In a society which devalues and often punishes difference of any kind, women with disabilities face many barriers. If we are Indigenous women, LGBTQ, older women, women of colour or immigrant women, we encounter even more discrimination and more barriers.

Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI)

Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion is a charitable organization driven by a mission to mobilize all Hamiltonians to create an inclusive and welcoming city. Founded in 2006, HCCI has undertaken many initiatives that have impacted the vision of building a united community that respects diversity, practices equity, and speaks out against discrimination. To achieve this, the organization engages with partners and supporters and works hard to be proactive and responsive as society evolves and new challenges emerge.

Refuge - Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health (HCNH)

Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health (HCNH) aims to be a community leader in providing timely and high-quality healthcare services to Hamilton’s newcomer population. The centre is comprised of a group of client-focused, community-driven, diverse interdisciplinary healthcare professionals, who provide comprehensive healthcare services to Hamilton’s new immigrant and refugee population. The centre addresses the health disparities and the needs specific to newcomer populations. Their primary focus is to reduce barriers to healthcare access as identified by those client populations.

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The Youth Alliance for Intersectional Justice (YAIJ)

The Youth Alliance for Intersectional Justice (YAIJ) is a Black youth-led collective of Black and racialized neurodiverse youth, adults (with and without intellectual disabilities), and allies. Youth defy intellectual and/or developmental dis/ability (DD/ID) labels by engaging in youth-centred, community-based projects and research focused on education, technology, housing, and entrepreneurship.

Centre for Diverse Learners

The Centre for Diverse Learners’ mission is to support and empower diverse learners through advocacy, education, and services so that individuals with diverse learning needs are valued, included, and empowered.

Their goal is a world where their organization isn’t needed – where every student automatically gets the help they deserve.

Our Funders

Support from our funders is essential to the work we do at the Disability Justice Network of Ontario. We deeply appreciate their commitment to our cause, helping us push forward in our mission for a more accessible Ontario.

Hamilton Community Foundation (HCF)

Hamilton Community Foundation (HCF) is part of a network of over 191 Canadian community foundations that contribute time, leadership and financial support to initiatives that benefit their community most, based on an intimate understanding of local needs and opportunities.

Ontario Trillium
Foundation (OTF)

Ontario Trillium Foundation’s (OTF) mission is to build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario by investing in community-based initiatives and strengthening the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector.

Anti-Racism Anti-Hate
Grant (ARAH)

Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant (ARAH) is investing $3.2 million to build stronger, safer and more inclusive communities. It provides funding to 58 community-led projects that increase public awareness of the impacts of racism and hate and improve access to services and support for those who experience it.


These projects aim to:

  • build capacity to recognize and prevent acts of racism and hate

  • enhance community services and dialogue on racism and hate

  • deepen society’s understanding of the impact of hate

The Law Foundation of Ontario

The Law Foundation of Ontario was established in 1974 under the Law Society Act. The Foundation receives and uses the interest in lawyers’ and paralegals’ mixed trust accounts to support legal education, legal research, legal aid, and law libraries in Ontario. We do this through grantmaking to nonprofits and providing funds to Legal Aid Ontario.

The Laidlaw Foundation

The Laidlaw Foundation has officially taken up residence at Foundation House – a new hub for philanthropic collaboration, learning and sharing in Toronto. As one of three founding partners, along with the Lawson Foundation and the Counselling Foundation of Canada, the Laidlaw Foundation is excited by the potential of Foundation House to spark greater collaboration in the philanthropic and charitable sector.

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