March 15, 2007

McGuinty Government Investments Will Strengthen Aboriginal Social Service Agencies

Key Element In Strategy To Boost Jobs And Economic Renewal

Toronto - The McGuinty government is investing more than $760,000 to build, renovate, upgrade and repair Aboriginal social service agencies across Ontario, Community and Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur announced today.

"Our government is continuing to build a healthier future for Aboriginal communities across Ontario," said Meilleur. "This investment will help Aboriginal social service agencies remain safe, secure, and in good repair so they can focus on providing important services to those who need them."

More than $650,000 is being directed to seven projects at Aboriginal agencies that provide services to people with a developmental disability. Aboriginal community agencies that provide programs and services for women who are victims of domestic violence and their children will also share in more than $105,000 for 12 projects. Projects focus on a variety of building and repair projects to improve their agency sites.

Overall, the government is investing $36.5 million into Ontario communities to stimulate employment and improve social services agencies. Funding for these initiatives comes from the government's $190 million economic stimulus package, which is a key component of the government's plan to foster a stronger workforce and a stronger economy.

Announced in the 2006 Fall Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, the stimulus package aims to boost jobs and growth through a focus on four key areas:

  • Focused training and job services to help job-threatened and laid-off workers find new jobs
  • Fast-tracking infrastructure projects to generate immediate economic activity and job creation
  • Encouraging Ontario tourism to boost economic activity and tourism-related jobs
  • Strengthening interprovincial trade to match industrial needs in Alberta with Ontario's industrial capacity.

"While the economy remains fundamentally strong, it is important to remember that slower growth has a real impact on people and communities," said Finance Minister Greg Sorbara. "Each of the four areas we are focusing on represents the building blocks of a sound economic foundation. Investing in these areas now means a more prosperous and competitive future for Ontario."

"For years, our social services agencies have had to stretch their money to cover the cost of providing services and maintaining their facilities," said Meilleur. "This government recognizes that by encouraging a stronger workforce and a stronger economy, we can also help strengthen Aboriginal communities."

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Marc Despatie
Minister's Office
416-325-5219

Paul Doig
Communications and Marketing Branch
416-325-5187

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