• February 28, 2007 11:21 AM
  • - General

McGuinty Government Investing $5.5 Million In Northern Ontario Social Services Agencies


    Infrastructure Investments Will Strengthen Community Agencies Serving
    People In Need

    SAULT STE MARIE, ON, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing
$5.5 million in more than 420 infrastructure projects that will strengthen
community agencies that provide programs and services to people in need in
northern Ontario, Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti announced today on
behalf of Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur.
    "Our government believes that people in need in our communities deserve
all the help we can give them," said Meilleur. "By investing in our social
services agencies, we are making sure that vulnerable Ontarians have a safe,
accessible place to go when they need support the most."
    More than $5.5 million is being directed to 369 developmental services
agency projects and 55 violence against women agency projects in the region.
Projects focus on physical building improvements, such as expanding
residential and day program sites, adding accessibility features for people
with disabilities, and boosting safety and security features.Major investments in northern Ontario include:
    -   Crisis Homes Inc. of Thunder Bay - receiving $135,000 to renovate a
        24-bed shelter for women fleeing domestic violence
    -   OPTIONS Northwest - receiving $90,000 to build an addition to a group
        home to accommodate individuals with complex behavioral needs in
        Thunder Bay
    -   Atikokan Crisis Centre - receiving $63,600 to add more bathrooms to
        an existing shelter
    -   Crisis Centre North Bay - receiving $250,000 to renovate
        administrative office space to better serve those in need.

    "Our government wants to help the organizations that support the people in
our community continue to provide the best possible services," said Orazietti.
"We're confident these investments will do just that and make a positive
difference in the lives of northern Ontarians."
    "We are thrilled that this government remains committed to supporting
social service agencies," said John Policicchio, Chief Executive Officer of
Community Living Algoma. "This investment will go a long way to helping
agencies offer the best possible services to those who need them the most."
    Overall, the government is injecting $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."


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                 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.


    Contact:
    Marc Despatie                                                   Paul Doig
    Minister's Office                     Communications and Marketing Branch
    416-325-5219                                                 416-325-5187


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           SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCIES IN NORTHERN ONTARIO WILL SHARE
                THE BENEFITS OF ECONOMIC STIMULUS INVESTMENTS

    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.
    Social services agencies in northern Ontario are receiving more than  $5.5
million to improve and maintain their facilities. The funding will be put
towards capital and infrastructure projects, such as acquiring a new 24-bed
shelter, installing accessibility features in group home bathrooms, and
improving sites to decrease electricity costs.
    In the region, 55 agencies are conducting 369 capital projects at their
developmental services sites, and 34 women's agencies are involved in 55
projects. The following are receiving funding for projects in these two
sectors:

    Developmental Services

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    Community          Total       Number of   Agencies
                       Investment  Projects
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    Alban               $12,780     1        - Sudbury Developmental Services
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    Atikokan            $56,400     4        - Atikokan and District
                                               Association for Developmental
                                               Services
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    Azilda              $16,800     1        - Community Living Greater
                                               Sudbury
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    Balmertown           $6,960     1        - Harmony Centre for Community
                                               Living
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    Blezard Valley      $40,534     4        - Community Living Greater
                                               Sudbury
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    Blind River         $17,000     3        - Community Living Algoma
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    Bracebridge         $85,899    11        - Christian Horizons
                                             - Community Living South Muskoka
                                             - Muskoka-Parry Sound Community
                                               Mental Health Service
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    Chapleau            $22,000     4        - Intégration Communautaire
                                               Chapleau Community Living
                                             - Services de santé de Chapleau
                                               Health Services
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    Cobalt               $5,000     1        - Community Living Temiskaming
                                               South
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    Cochrane           $167,164    12        - Cochrane Temiskaming Resource
                                               Centre
                                             - Intégration communautaire
                                               Cochrane Community Living
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    Dryden              $69,660     4        - Dryden and District
                                               Association for Community
                                               Living
                                             - Dryden Volunteer Recruitment
                                               and Referral Centre
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    Elliot Lake         $19,000     3        - Community Living Algoma
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    Englehart            $4,200     1        - Community Living Temiskaming
                                               South
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    Espanola            $84,600     7        - Community Living Espanola
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    Fort Frances        $72,536     6        - Community Living Fort Frances
                                               and District
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    Geraldton           $17,000     3        - Superior Greenstone
                                               Association for Community
                                               Living
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    Gravenhurst         $26,000     4        - Community Living South Muskoka
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    Greenstone          $41,000     8        - Kenogamisis Non Profit Housing
    Geraldton Ward                             Corporation
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    Haileybury          $72,185    10        - Community Living Temiskaming
                                               South
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    Hanmer               $4,500     3        - Community Living Greater
                                               Sudbury
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    Hearst              $19,000     3        - Hearst and Area Association
                                               for Community Living
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    Hornepayne           $7,000     1        - Community Living Algoma
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    Huntsville          $54,400     9        - Muskoka-Parry Sound Community
                                               Mental Health Service
                                             - Christian Horizons
                                             - Community Living Huntsville
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    Iroquois Falls      $28,175     5        - Community Living Iroquois
                                               Falls l'Intégration
                                               Communautaire d'Iroquois Falls
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    Kapuskasing        $131,654    10        - Cochrane Temiskaming Resource
                                               Centre
                                             - Kapuskasing and District
                                               Association for Community
                                               Living
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    Kenora              $73,220     3        - Kenora Association for
                                               Community Living
                                             - Kenora-Patricia Child and
                                               Family Services
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    Kirkland Lake       $51,000     9        - Cochrane Temiskaming Resource
                                               Centre
                                             - Community Living Kirkland Lake
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    Little Current       $5,000     1        - Manitoulin Non-Profit Homes
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    Lively               $5,540     2        - Community Living Greater
                                               Sudbury
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    Marathon             $7,000     1        - Corporation of the Town of
                                               Marathon
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    Mattawa             $27,220     4        - Community Living Mattawa
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    Mindemoya          $942,632    13        - Community Living Manitoulin
                                             - Manitoulin Non-Profit Homes
                                             - YWCA Sudbury
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    Moosonee             $5,000     1        - James Bay Association for
                                               Community Living
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    Murillo              $5,000     1        - OPTIONS Northwest
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    Naughton             $7,000     1        - Community Living Greater
                                               Sudbury
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    New Liskeard         $7,000     1        - Cochrane Temiskaming Resource
                                               Centre
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    North Bay          $345,662    24        - L'Arche North Bay
                                             - North Bay and District
                                               Association for Community
                                               Living
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    Parry Sound         $69,995     7        - Community Living Parry Sound
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    Porcupine           $10,000     2        - Cochrane Temiskaming Resource
                                               Centre
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    Port Severn          $5,500     1        - Community Living South Muskoka
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    Powassan            $10,000     2        - Almaguin Highlands Community
                                               Living
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    Red Lake            $85,000     4        - Harmony Centre for Community
                                               Living
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    Red Rock             $7,000     1        - Superior Greenstone
                                               Association for Community
                                               Living
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    Sault Ste. Marie   $219,660    31        - Community Living Algoma
                                             - Children's Rehabilitation
                                               Centre of Algoma
                                             - Sacor Handicapped
                                               Accommodations
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    Sioux Lookout      $112,680     8        - Sioux Lookout and Hudson
                                               Association for Community
                                               Living
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    South Porcupine     $10,000     2        - Cochrane Temiskaming Resource
                                               Centre
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    South River         $22,500     3        - Christian Horizons
                                             - Almaguin Highlands Community
                                               Living
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    Sturgeon Falls      $76,165    12        - Community Living West
                                               Nipissing
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    Sudbury            $214,380    27        - Community Living Greater
                                               Sudbury
                                             - City of Greater Sudbury
                                               Developmental Services
                                             - Christian Horizons
                                             - L'Arche Sudbury
                                             - Sudbury Community Services
                                               Centre
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    Sundridge            $30,400    5        - Christian Horizons
                                             - Almaguin Highlands Community
                                               Living
                                             - Muskoka-Parry Sound Community
                                               Mental Health Service
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    Tehkummah             $5,000    1        - Manitoulin Non-Profit Homes
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    Thunder Bay         $471,940   46        - Avenue II Community Program
                                               Services (Thunder Bay) Inc.
                                             - Canadian Mental Health
                                               Association
                                             - Community Living Thunder Bay
                                             - Independence Plus Housing
                                               Corporation
                                             - Lutheran Community Care Centre
                                             - Ontario March of Dimes
                                             - OPTIONS Northwest
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    Timmins             $416,223   32        - Community Living Timmins
                                               Intégration communautaire
                                             - Access Better Living Inc.
                                             - Cochrane Temiskaming Resource
                                               Centre
                                             - Cochrane Temiskaming
                                               Extend-a-Family
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    Val Caron               $466    1        - Community Living Greater
                                               Sudbury
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    Val Therese           $7,000    1        - Community Living Greater
                                               Sudbury
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    Wawa                  $7,000    1        - Community Living Algoma
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    Wikwemikong $         12,000    2        - Wikwemikong Unceded Indian
                                               Reserve
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    Violence Against Women Services

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    Community          Total       Number of   Agencies
                       Investment  Projects
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    Atikokan             $68,600    2        - Atikokan Crisis Centre
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    Blind River           $5,000    1        - Mississauga First Nation
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    Bracebridge          $15,000    2        - Muskoka Women's Advocacy Group
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    Dryden               $43,000    3        - Hoshizaki House Dryden
                                               District Crisis Shelter
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    Elliot Lake          $12,000    2        - Elliot Lake Family Life Centre
                                             - Elliot Lake Women's Group Inc.
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    Fort Frances         $10,000    1        - Riverside Health Care Facility
                                               Inc.
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    Geraldton             $5,000    1        - Municipality of Greenstone,
                                               Social Services Department,
                                               Family Resource Centre
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    Haileybury           $36,100    2        - Pavilion Family Resource
                                               Centre
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    Kapuskasing          $14,500    1        - Services de counselling
                                               Hearst, Kapuskasing, Smooth
                                               Rock Falls Counselling
                                               Services
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    Kenora               $12,000    2        - Kenora Sexual Assault Centre
                                             - Saakaate House Inc. Women's
                                               Shelter
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    Marathon              $5,050    1        - Marjorie House
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    Matheson             $36,000    2        - Black River Matheson Canadian
                                               Mental Health Association
                                             - Corporation of the Township of
                                               Black River Matheson
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    Mattawa               $5,000    1        - Mattawa Women's Resource
                                               Centre
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    Moosonee             $29,232    3        - Town of Moosonee
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    North Bay           $369,235   10        - Crisis Centre North Bay
                                             - Nipissing First Nation
                                             - Nipissing Transition House
                                             - Community Counselling Centre
                                               of Nipissing
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    Red Lake             $58,566    3        - New Starts for Women Inc.
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    Sault Ste. Marie     $20,000    1        - Women in Crisis (Algoma) Inc.
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    Sioux Lookout        $24,000    1        - First Step Women's Shelter
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    Sturgeon Falls       $15,000    2        - Sturgeon Falls Family Resource
                                               Centre
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    Sudbury              $14,000    2        - Le Centre Victoria pour femmes
                                             - Le Service familial de la
                                               région de Sudbury
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    Thunder Bay         $203,300   10        - Beendigen Inc.
                                             - Matawa First Nations
                                               Management
                                             - Crisis Homes Inc.
                                             - Family Services Thunder Bay
                                             - Catholic Family Developmental
                                               Centre
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    Timmins              $12,000    2        - Canadian Mental Health
                                               Association
                                             - Cochrane Timiskaming Branch
                                             - Timmins Family Counselling
                                               Centre Inc.
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    In addition, the Ne-Chee Friendship Centre in Kenora, which provides
homelessness programs, is receiving $13,000, and the Sudbury YWCA, which
provides services both for people with a developmental disability and for
women fleeing violence, is receiving $130,400.


    Contact:
    Paul Doig
    Communications and Marketing Branch
    416-325-5187


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                             www.mcss.gov.on.ca
For further information: Marc Despatie, Minister's Office, (416)
325-5219; Paul Doig, Communications and Marketing Branch, (416) 325-5187