Building a Stronger Community

The SDC promotes positive social change
through advocacy, innovation and facilitation.


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Social Development Council of Cornwall & Area

We are an organization that helps battle poverty in Cornwall and area  by ensuring all of our social agencies are working together to maximize our local efforts in poverty awareness and reduction,  food security, information and referral and employability.

Building on the success of the previous Strategic Plan, the Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area will continue to collaborate with the community on projects that challenge the overarching consequences of poverty and its barriers.

The 2014-2017 Strategic Plan outlines our goals for the next three years and provides a proactive direction for the S.D.C.

Our Vision

To be a healthy, resilient and inclusive community.

Our Mission

The SDC promotes positive social change through advocacy, innovation and facilitation.

To coordinate, advocate & educate the community to:

  • Increase employability
  • Support Community Projects
  • Reduce Poverty

To seek sustainable  opportunities and  engage in:

  • Joint community projects
  • Outreach to S.D. & G
  • Economic action
  • Growth in personnel

To promote information sharing and build community partnerships

Latest News

SDC Hosts Mayoral Debate for City of Cornwall Municipal Election

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The Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area’s and the Seaway Valley Community Health Centre are excited to announce a mayoral candidates debate on the topic of  Health and Wellness in Cornwall on the evening of October 9th , 2014 from 6-8pm at Seaway Valley Community Health Centre at 353 Pitt Street, Cornwall, ON, K6J 3R1.

As part of the Provincial Health and Wellness week, the debate will focus on the candidate’s points of view about the growing concern surrounding health and wellness in Cornwall and explore the programs and solutions they intend to implement should they be given the opportunity.  The Social Development Council of Cornwall and area and the Seaway Valley Community Health Centre believe all community members have the right to know our potential leaders position on important issues like health and wellness. It is our hope that this debate will bridge the information gap between our leaders and community members.

The event will moderated by Hugo Rodrigues, the new managing editor for the Standard Freeholder, the debate will ask the candidates to answer several questions about Health and Wellness in our community and how the intend to improve these situations.

All community members are invited and encouraged to attend this event; there is no prior registration required. There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask the candidates questions. If you would like to ask those questions, we would like you to e-mail us with your question ahead of time. With the election taking place on October 27th 2014 , we intend for this debate to be a resource to help inform voters in our community.

Next Event

New Service-to-Service Referral Forms

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Employability Network

The Social Development Council of Cornwall and Area’s Employ-ability Network has been working for the past year to develop a method to increase referral from on organization to another.  The result, was the creation of the Service-to-Service Referral form.

The new service-to-service referral form to be used by frontline workers that has been developed by the Employability Network.The forms are designed to enhance the referral process from one organization to another in effort to cut down on clients being “lost between the cracks.”

The form comes with a memorandum of understanding that enables organizations to  work together and ensure that client recieves the best possible service.

The forms can be found in our resources section of this website.



A Big Thank You to Our Supporters

Currently, the SDC is now funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation for another 2 year term.

The SDC wishes to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support!!

The SDC is one of 20 official member organizations of the SPNO who work together to promote social justice and human rights, who provide a common voice to influence policy development and implementation, and improve quality of life and community well-being.

Recent municipal funding was made available to the SDC through the city of Cornwall and the Provincial Ministry of Community and Social Services, making this website and other projects possible! THANK YOU!