Services to IL Centres
Currently, Independent Living Canada has 27 member Independent Living Centres (IL Centres). Membership entitles IL Centres to the services of Independent Living Canada's national office.
The services that are provided are the following:
A National Voice
- Access to, and being a part of, the national voice of the Independent Living movement in Canada.
- Opportunities to become a part of a national net work of IL Centres, enabling information sharing, mutual support, and peer networking.
- Representation from the national office and Board of Directors on federal advisory bodies and working groups affecting Canadians with disabilities.
Services and Supports
- Provides organizational/developmental support to newly emerging groups wanting to develop IL Centres in their community.
- Provides a supportive accreditation process to new membership applicants, as well as monitors and maintains accreditation standards to existing members.
- Member IL Centres have access to Independent Living Canada's health and dental benefits for IL Centre employees.
- Member IL Centres have access to all national tools, materials and resources for use at the local level.
- Member IL Centres have access to organizational and core program supports through one-to-one telephone support, and provincial and national networking opportunities.
- Support and guidance on proposal writing and strategic planning.
- Access to all national training and skills development opportunities conducted by the national office.
- Opportunities to participate in national research and demonstration projects and pilots that are being delivered by the national office.
- Independent Living Canada promotes the national Independent Living movement through promotional materials, and advertisements in national publications and journals.
- Independent Living Canada maintains a website with resources and information about Independent Living, disability, and disability and social policy.
- Independent Living Canada produces a regularly published newsletter for the network of IL Centres, government, the non-profit sector and the general public.
- Each IL Centre has one vote at the Independent Living Canada Annual General meeting.
- Each IL Centre is eligible to put forward nominations for the Independent Living Canada national Board.
- Each province with an IL Centre(s) is eligible to appoint a provincial representative.