A graphic that has six colourful houses and a tag line that asks if you're struggling to make ends meet.

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If you are struggling to make ends meet, you are not alone—1 in 6 York Region residents are considered low-income.

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Connecting to Resources

In 1997, York Support Services Network (YSSN) worked with a group of individuals with lived experiences to put together a social service resource guide to help individuals living on limited incomes find the services they needed to meet their basic needs. Over the last twenty years, York Region on a Limited Budget has helped thousands of individuals living on limited incomes find and connect to community resources.

To keep this valuable resource updated and accessible, YSSN has received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to involve the community in the development of a new inclusive and accessible communication tool which will be designed to help connect York Region residents to available community resources and social services while living on a limited income. 

Developing a New Tool to Connect 

YSSN has been working with community partners to find out how we can make finding York Region community services and resources easier for individuals living in low-income situations. 

In order for us to better understand the community needs; we are asking residents to take our short, voluntary, and completely confidential online survey. The survey should take no more than five (5) minutes of your time to complete. Please click on the button below to access the survey. If you require a paper version of the survey, please contact Silvia D'Addario at SDAddario@yssn.ca or 905.898.6455 ext. 2284.

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Calling all Artists! 

We are inviting all visual artists to submit ideas for the cover of the York Region on a Limited Budget community resource guidebook. 

Struggling; resilience; York Region

Any type of visual artwork (e.g. drawings, photographs, paintings, graphic design, sketches or other artistic ideas)


First prize: $250 and cover feature; 5 prizes of $50 and book feature.
Selected artwork will be featured at the book launch on November 7, 2017. 

Deadline Information 

Original artwork must be submitted by midnight, Friday, September 29, 2017.   Please submit your art or a copy of the artwork (originals will be required by selected winners) to sdaddario@yssn.ca or drop off c/o Silvia D’Addario to YSSN, 240 Edward Street, Unit 3, Aurora. Be sure to include your contact information.  An application form and a waiver are required in order to qualify your work. These two forms will be sent to all applicants who submit artwork. 

York Region ART Contest Submission Guidelines

York Support Services Network will consider all genres of original visual art. Entries may be paintings, drawings, collages, prints, computer-generated art, photographs or mixed media. This contest will only accept original artwork. Original works that have been reproduced will not be accepted. Scanned reproduction or copies of the original artwork will only be accepted for submission purposes. Selected/winning pieces are conditional upon receiving the original form.

Artists must be residents of Ontario. While all Ontario residents are eligible to submit, preference will be given to York Region artists.

Five winners in total will be selected by a panel of judges who are either directly affiliated with York Support Services Network and/or are part of the York Region on a Limited Budget working group. The selection committee reserves the right to disqualify works that may be perceived as graphic, violent, obscene or offensive. One winner will receive a cover feature and a $250 prize; five additional art pieces will be selected to be featured inside the York Region on a Limited Budget book and to receive a $50 prize. All five winners, or their representative(s), will be invited to attend the launch of the York Region on a Limited Budget book on November 7, 2017, where the original pieces of artwork will be on display. York Support Services Network reserves the right to use the five winning pieces for future reprints of the York Region on a Limited Budget book.



This YSSN project is funded by: