McGuinty Government Boosts Economy, Strengthens Social Services Agencies In Hamilton Area



    Infrastructure Investments Will Support Community Agencies Serving People
    In Need

    HAMILTON, ON, March 5 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing
$4.2 million in more than 200 projects in the Hamilton area to build, repair,
renovate and upgrade community agencies that provide programs and services to
people in need, Hamilton West MPP Judy Marsales 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 $4.2 million is being directed to 197 developmental services
agency projects and 13 violence against women agency projects in Hamilton and
the surrounding area. 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.
    "We're doing what we can to strengthen our community agencies," said
Marsales. "The less money they need to spend to maintain their facilities, the
more money they can dedicate to helping people with disabilities, and women
and their children fleeing violence."
    "We are happy that the McGuinty government remains committed to
supporting social service agencies," said Donna Marcaccio, Executive Director
of Rygiel Supports for Community Living. "This investment will make a
significant difference in our community and in the lives of the people we
support."
    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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                             www.mcss.gov.on.ca


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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.

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                             www.mcss.gov.on.ca


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             SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCIES IN HAMILTON AREA 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 the Hamilton area are receiving more than
$4.2 million to improve and maintain their facilities. The funding will be put
towards capital and infrastructure projects, such as replacing a furnace,
installing accessibility features, and repairing a roof.
    In the Hamilton region, 22 agencies are conducting 197 capital projects
at their developmental services sites, and 10 women's agencies are involved in
13 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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    Brantford     $371,258          42   - Brantwood Residential Development
                                           Centre
                                         - Community Living Brant
                                         - Family Counselling Centre of Brant
                                           Inc.
                                         - Lansdowne Children's Centre
                                         - The Group Home for Deafblind
                                           Persons (Brantford) Inc.
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    Burford         $6,400           1   - Community Living Brant
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    Cayuga         $74,264           8   - Haldimand-Norfolk Resource
                                           Education and Counselling Help
                                           (R.E.A.C.H.)
                                         - Community Living Haldimand
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    Dundas         $57,280           7   - CHOICES Association Inc.
                                         - Rygiel Supports for Community
                                           Living
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    Hamilton    $1,263,325         106   - Christian Horizons
                                         - Beth Tikvah Foundation of Hamilton
                                         - L'Arche Hamilton
                                         - Canadian National Institute for
                                           the Blind
                                         - Catholic Family Services of
                                           Hamilton
                                         - Community Living Hamilton
                                         - Hamilton and District
                                           Extend-A-Family
                                         - Hamilton YWCA
                                         - CHOICES Association Inc.
                                         - Rygiel Supports for Community
                                           Living
                                         - The Governing Council of the
                                           Salvation Army in Canada
                                         - Woodview Children's Centre
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    Harley          $5,000           1   - Community Living Brant
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    Lynden          $5,760           1   - CHOICES Association Inc.
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    Ohsweken      $640,450           4   - Six Nations Special Services for
                                           Special People
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    Rockton         $7,640           1   - CHOICES Association Inc.
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    Simcoe      $1,488,010          19   - Community Living Access Support
                                           Services
                                         - Haldimand-Norfolk Resource
                                           Education and Counselling Help
                                           (R.E.A.C.H.)
                                         - Norfolk Association for Community
                                           Living
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    Stoney Creek    $7,000           1   - Community Living Hamilton
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    Townsend       $48,450           5   - Haldimand-Norfolk Resource
                                           Education and Counselling Help
                                           (R.E.A.C.H.)
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    Waterdown       $5,200           1   - CHOICES Association Inc.
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    Violence Against Women Services

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    Community        Total   Number of                 Agencies
                Investment    Projects
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    Brantford      $62,267           1   - Nova Vita Women's Services
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    Hamilton      $172,260           9   - Hamilton-Wentworth Chapter of
                                           Native Women
                                         - Interval House of Hamilton
                                         - Mission Services of Hamilton Inc.
                                         - Phoenix Place
                                         - The Elizabeth Fry Society
                                           - Hamilton Branch
                                         - The Good Shepherd Centre of
                                           Hamilton
                                         - Centre de santé communautaire
                                           Hamilton/Niagara
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    Ohsweken       $12,000           2   - Ganohkwa Sra
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    Simcoe         $19,660           1   - Haldimand and Norfolk Women's
                                           Services
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    In addition, employment supports providers Amity Goodwill Industries and
the Ontario March of Dimes (Rehabilitation Foundation for Disabled) are
receiving $36,000.

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

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                             www.mcss.gov.on.ca
    




For further information:

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

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