At the heart of the People First movement is the right to live in community. People First believes in the right of every individual to live in their community and will work to close institutions and educate Canadian society about the better options available.
People First of Canada (PFC) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) define an institution as follows:
An institution is any place in which people who have been labelled as having an intellectual disability are isolated, segregated and/or congregated. An institution is any place in which people do not have, or are not allowed to exercise control over their lives and their day to day decisions. An institution is not defined merely by its size.
People First has several tools to promote awareness and educate people about the right to live in community.