We are dedicated to supporting individuals with developmental disability and their families.

Who We Are

The Elmira District Community Living is a non-profit, charitable association founded in 1961 in order to ensure that persons with an intellectual disability should live in a state of dignity, share in all elements of living in our ‘community’ and have the opportunity to participate effectively.

Operating under a 12 member volunteer Board of Directors, the association has grown steadily over the years to a point where today many services are delivered by over 180 full and part time staff members and numerous enthusiastic volunteers. The Board of Directors is elected annually by the membership and is responsible for the establishment of operating policies as well as the overall operation of services and programs.


The purpose of this Association is to ensure that people with an intellectual disability will receive such education, training, and guidance as will enable them to develop to their fullest potential. To assist families to understand and aid their relative and to foster awareness within the community of the abilities and needs of its citizens who have an intellectual disability.


In carrying out our purpose, the Association provides services and programs or ensures that other agencies or organizations provide services and programs which will assist people with a intellectual disability to live, be educated, work, and play in this community in situations which are normalizing as possible. The Association endeavours to increase the capacity of the community to receive its citizens who are intellectually challenged through the operation of facilities, public education, and the solicitation of funds.

Catchment Area

The Association supports persons living in the townships of Woolwich, Wellesley, and Mapleton in the Waterloo Region.