February 20, 2007

Making A Difference In Ontario Communities

Through targeted investments in Ontario's social services agencies, the government is helping Ontario workers and communities most affected by slower growth in the economy. The provincewide economic stimulus program of more than $190 million includes $36.5 million for Ontario social services agencies that provide community services to people with disabilities and to women and their children fleeing domestic violence.

Infrastructure investments are a key part of this initiative. Ontario's community social services agencies are receiving a boost in financial support to improve and maintain their facilities. These investments will help:

  • Replace or repair buildings (e.g., roof/shingle replacement; boiler/hot water/furnace/air conditioning replacement or repair; Fire and Building Code compliance)
  • Improve accessibility for people with disabilities (e.g., installing/repairing ramps; accessible washroom renovations; accessible shelter accommodation)
  • Increase and improve day program and residential spaces for people with a developmental disability (e.g., acquiring and/or renovating buildings to accommodate high and/or complex needs; increasing rural capacity for programs)
  • Increase and improve shelter spaces for women and their children (e.g., acquiring and/or renovating shelter spaces and common areas; replacing existing inadequate shelters), and
  • Improve facilities at agencies that serve Aboriginal and francophone communities (e.g., improvements to accessibility for supported independent living; adding new shelter beds in French-speaking communities).

These investments will be shared by social services agencies in communities throughout Ontario, including:

  • More than $29 million to agencies that support individuals with a developmental disability
  • More than $6.3 million to shelters, counselling agencies and transitional and housing support agencies who work to protect women and their children.

More than $2.7 million will support social services agencies that provide French-language services, and more than $780,000 will go to Ontario agencies that serve Aboriginals who live on-reserve or in rural and urban communities.

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Marc Despatie
Minister's Office
416-433-8584

Paul Doig
Communications and Marketing Branch
416-325-5187

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