August 2, 2017

Improving Safety and Accessibility for Ontario’s Most Vulnerable People


Ontario is investing in repairs, renovations, upgrades and fire safety improvements to provide more secure and accessible facilities in Oshawa for people who use their services.

Local agencies that will receive funding include:

  • Community Living Oshawa-Clarington , to install a sprinkler system, repair the foundation, and replace back yard fencing, aluminum siding, the walkway, wood siding and brickwork
  • Oshawa Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), for repairing the roof
  • Christian Horizons, for upgrading the sprinkler system water system, replacing exterior doors, the walkway and insulation, installing a generator, and repairing the brick exterior

This investment is part of Ontario’s Partner Facility Renewal (PFR) program, which helps local agencies repair and renovate their facilities to better serve people in the community. This support is also helping agencies ensure that their buildings meet improvements to Ontario’s Fire Code, in order to keep residents safe.

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Investing in community agencies that help those most in need is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


“Community and developmental service agencies play an invaluable role in providing critical services to many people across Ontario. By investing in repairs, renovations, upgrades and fire safety, we are ensuring that individuals that require services at these agencies have access to improved facilities and that staff who work tirelessly assisting those who require supports can focus on what they do best: helping people in our communities.”
- Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services

“Safety measures like upgraded fire alarm systems, fire doors, and sprinkler systems reduce the impact of fire and help save lives. Buildings and facilities across the province that provide community services will benefit from enhanced fire safety measures – further protecting Ontario’s most vulnerable and giving peace of mind to their loved ones.”
- Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, the staff and, most importantly the residents of YWCA Durham, we would like to take this opportunity to thank The Ministry of Community and Social Services for the $165,000 in Partner Facility Renewal funding.  These funds will be used for much needed repairs to our roof ensuring the safety and sustainability our Violence Against Women 2nd Stage Housing facility.  We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support extended to YWCA Durham.”
- Susanne Groen and Wendy Leeder, Co Executive Directors, YWCA Durham

“Community Living Oshawa Clarington is appreciative of the support received through the Partnership Renewal Funding which will allow us to continue to keep our standards high and ensure our environments reflect the high quality supports and services we provide each day to the people receiving our services.”
- Terri Gray, Executive Director, Community Living Oshawa Clarington

“We are thankful and excited to receive this funding from our partners at the Ministry of Community and Social Services. These resources make an incredible difference in the homes and lives of people we support, providing up-to-code fire safety systems and general maintenance for our community residences in Oshawa.”
- Janet Noel-Annable, CEO of Christian Horizons

Quick Facts

  • Three community service agencies in Oshawa will receive $378,000 as part of the Partner Facility Renewal Program and help to meet improvements to Ontario’s Fire Code.  Oshawa Young Women's Christian Association will receive $165,000; Community Living Oshawa-Clarington will receive $92,000, and Christian Horizons, $121,000.
  • The province is funding approximately 950 projects at 170 community agencies this year.
  • Partner Facility Renewal (PFR) minor capital funding is provided annually to help community and developmental service agencies repair, renovate or upgrade their facilities. Agencies receiving this funding include; agencies who provide supports and services to women and children who have experienced domestic violence, those who provide supports and services to developmentally disabled adults as well as agencies who provide supports and services to Indigenous people delivered through the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy.
  • In 2017/18, under the PFR program, Ontario is investing approximately $16 million in more than 150 community service agencies for approximately 850 projects across Ontario. Approved projects include upgrading accessible washrooms and kitchens; replacing windows and doors; replacing and repairing roofs, furnace and air conditioner replacement; expansion of program space and foundation repair.
  • The province is also investing $6.5 million in 2017-18 in fire safety in more than 90 facilities from over 30 community service agencies across the province. Approved projects include fire alarm system upgrades, installation of fire doors and separations and sprinkler system installations.
  • Ontario is the first province to make sprinklers mandatory in residential occupancy facilities servicing clients with cognitive and physical limitations and are incapable of evacuating the occupancy without assistance.
  • An amendment to the Fire Code that took effect on January 1, 2014 introduced new retrofit requirements requiring facility modifications.

Learn More

Lyndsay Miller, Minister’s Office, 416-325-5450
Kristen Tedesco, Communications Branch, 416-325-5178