May 7, 2007

Toronto And Area Community Social Services Agencies Receive Significant Funding Boost

Capital Investment Recognizes The Important Community Work Of Local Agencies

Toronto - The McGuinty government is investing more than $4.7 million in 33 Toronto and surrounding community social services organizations that serve people with developmental disabilities, and women and their children fleeing domestic violence.

"This funding recognizes the significant community contributions these organizations make to the well-being of our citizens and of our province," said Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur. "We're helping community agencies to keep their facilities accessible, safe and secure for people who need their services."

These grants will go to projects that will help to improve the quality of life for thousands of Ontarians in Toronto and in communities in and around the GTA.

"The investment of $4.7 million in capital repairs and maintenance across Toronto is a positive sign that the Government is committed to ensuring that people with a developmental disability can live with respect and dignity in our communities," said Sandy Keshen, President & CEO of Reena.

"Through this initiative, we are helping community agencies concentrate their efforts on services for people in need," said Thornhill MPP Mario Racco. "By helping more people with a developmental disability achieve a higher quality of life, we're investing in a brighter future for Ontario."

The funding comes from the 2007 Ontario Budget, which included additional measures that will benefit vulnerable individuals and families, such as:

  • Creating a new Ontario Child Benefit that will help nearly 1.3 million children in low-income families
  • Raising the minimum wage to $10.25 in 2010
  • Increasing Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works rates by 2 per cent - a 7 per cent increase since 2003

"By supporting agencies that work for people who need a little extra help, we are helping to build stronger, safer communities for us all," the minister said.

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Marc Despatie
Minister's Office
416-325-5219

John Letherby
Communications and Marketing Branch
416-325-5187

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