McGuinty Government Investment Strengthens Niagara Region Economy, Social Services Agencies



    Community Agencies Serving People In Need Get Financial Boost

    ST. CATHARINES, ON, March 7 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing
$1.4 million in more than 190 projects in the Niagara region to renovate and
upgrade community agencies that provide programs and services to people in
need, Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur and St.
Catharines MPP Jim Bradley announced today.
    "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 $1.4 million is being directed to 184 developmental services
agency projects and 11 violence against women agency projects in Niagara 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.
    "Community agencies provide invaluable help to so many people in Niagara,
but they need our support to do what they do best," said Bradley. "Investing
in these projects will help Niagara agencies provide stronger services and
better programs."
    "It is clear that the Ontario government has made social service agencies
in this province a priority," said Al Moreland, Executive Director of
Community Living St. Catharines. "We believe this funding will help us create
a better environment in which to serve the people in our community."
    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."

    Disponible en français

                             www.mcss.gov.on.ca


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            SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCIES IN NIAGARA REGION 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 Niagara region are receiving more than
$1.4 million to improve and maintain their facilities. The funding will be put
towards capital and infrastructure projects such as replacing windows and
roofs, installing a video monitoring system, and adding a ramp to improve
wheelchair access.
    In the Niagara region, 15 agencies are conducting 184 capital projects at
their developmental services sites, and six women's agencies are involved in
11 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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    Beamsville      $68,900        12       - Community Living - Grimsby,
                                              Lincoln and West Lincoln
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    Dunnville       $24,000         4       - Bethesda Community Services of
                                              Niagara
                                            - Haldimand Association for the
                                              Developmentally Challenged
                                            - Haldimand-Norfolk Resource
                                              Education and Counselling Help
                                              (R.E.A.C.H.)
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    Fort Erie       $36,340         6       - Community Living Fort Erie
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    Grimsby         $27,000         5       - Community Living - Grimsby,
                                              Lincoln and West Lincoln
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    Niagara Falls   $40,860         5       - Niagara Support Services
                                            - Niagara Training and Employment
                                              Agency Inc.
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    Port Colborne   $109,860       14       - Community Living
                                              Port Colborne-Wainfleet
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    Smithville      $12,000         2       - Community Living - Grimsby,
                                              Lincoln and West Lincoln
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    St. Ann's       $10,800         2       - Bethesda Community Services of
                                              Niagara
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    St. Catharines  $823,178      107       - Bethesda Community Services of
                                              Niagara
                                            - Community Living Fort Erie
                                            - Community Living - Grimsby,
                                              Lincoln and West Lincoln
                                            - Community Living
                                              Port Colborne-Wainfleet
                                            - Community Living St. Catharines
                                            - Christian Horizons
                                            - Niagara Support Services
                                            - Bethesda Home for the Mentally
                                              Handicapped
                                            - Community Living Welland Pelham
                                            - Mainstream: An Unsheltered
                                              Workshop
                                            - Niagara Child and Youth
                                              Services
                                            - St. Catharines Mainstream Non
                                              Profit Housing Project
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    Vineland        $69,740         3       - Bethesda Community Services of
                                              Niagara
                                            - Bethesda Home for the Mentally
                                              Handicapped
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    Vineland
    Sation          $10,760         1       - Community Living - Grimsby,
                                              Lincoln and West Lincoln
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    Welland         $110,940       23       - Christian Horizons
                                            - Community Living Welland Pelham
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    Violence Against Women Services
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    Community       Total       Number of   Agencies
                    Investment  Projects
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    Grimsby         $9,000          3       - West Niagara Second Stage
                                              Housing and Counselling
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    St. Catharines  $84,848         5       - West Niagara Second Stage
                                              Housing and Counselling
                                            - Bethlehem Not-For-Profit
                                              Housing Projects of Niagara
                                            - Design For A New Tomorrow:
                                              Counselling for Adults in Abuse
                                              Relationships Inc.
                                            - Women's Place St. Catharines
                                              and District
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    Welland         $20,761         3       - Centre de santé communautaire
                                              Hamilton/Niagara
                                            - Women's Place of South Niagara
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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.

    Disponible en français

                             www.mcss.gov.on.ca
    





For further information:

For further information: Marc Despatie, Minister's Office, (416)
433-8584; Paul Doig, Communications and Marketing Branch, (416) 325-5187

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