McGuinty Government Strengthening Social Services Agencies Through Investment In Eastern Ontario



    Investments Will Support Community Agencies Serving People In Need

    CORNWALL, ON, March 8 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing
$6 million in more than 180 projects in eastern Ontario to renovate and
upgrade community agencies that provide programs and services to people in
need, Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur 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 $6 million is being directed to 154 developmental services
agency projects and 34 violence against women agency projects in eastern
Ontario. 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 this area include:

    -   North Lanark Community Health Centre - receiving $2 million for a new
        building that will amalgamate their programs and services for people
        with a developmental disability into one local site

    -   Lanark Interval House - receiving more than $1.7 million to build a
        new, accessible, women's shelter in the community

    -   Naomi's Family Resource Centre - receiving $150,870 to build an
        addition onto a women's shelter.
    

    "We are pleased that the McGuinty government is making such a significant
investment in our agency and in our community," said Debbie Fortier from
Maison Baldwin House. "This funding will help us create a safer, more
welcoming environment for women and children who are escaping abuse."
    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



    Backgrounder
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           SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCIES IN EASTERN 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 eastern Ontario are receiving more than
$6 million to improve and maintain their facilities. The funding will be put
towards capital and infrastructure projects such as making structural health
and safety repairs in a shelter, upgrading the electrical wiring in a group
home, and replacing a furnace.
    In the region, 23 agencies are conducting 154 capital projects at their
developmental services sites, and 10 women's agencies are involved in 34
projects. The following are receiving funding for projects in these two
sectors:

    
    Developmental Services

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                    Total       Number of
    Community       Investment  Projects    Agencies
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    Alexandria         $82,000         5    -  Community Living Glengarry
                                            -  S.D. & G Developmental
                                               Services Centre
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    Alfred              $5,000         1    -  Services aux enfants et
                                               adultes de Prescott-Russell
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    Almonte            $92,900        10    -  The Mills Community Support
                                               Corporation
                                            -  Community Living Association
                                               (Lanark County)
                                            -  Perth and Smiths Falls
                                               District Hospital
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    Arnprior           $81,500         8    -  L'Arche Arnprior
                                            -  Community Living Renfrew
                                               County South
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    Barry's Bay        $37,000         7    -  Madawaska Valley Association
                                               for Community Living
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    Carleton Place  $2,040,682         7    -  North Lanark Community Health
                                               Centre
                                            -  Lanark Health and Community
                                               Services
                                            -  Perth and Smiths Falls
                                               District Hospital
                                            -  Community Living Association
                                               (Lanark County)
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    Cornwall          $112,802        19    -  Community Living Stormont
                                            -  Kinsmen Club Residence of
                                               Cornwall
                                            -  Open Hands/Mains Ouvertes
                                            -  S.D. & G Developmental
                                               Services Centre
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    Glengarry          $42,150         3    -  Community Living Glengarry
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Green Valley        $6,000         1    -  Community Living Glengarry
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Hawkesbury         $54,000         5    -  Services aux enfants et
                                               adultes de Prescott-Russell
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Kemptville        $173,030        15    -  Community Living North
                                               Grenville
                                            -  Pathways to Independence
                                            -  Brockville and Area Centre for
                                               Developmentally Handicapped
                                               Persons Inc.
                                            -  Impact Residential Services of
                                               Grenville County
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    Merrickville       $21,000         3    -  Impact Residential Services of
                                               Grenville County
                                            -  Community Living North
                                               Grenville
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    Morrisburg        $114,980        10    -  Community Living Dundas County
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Pembroke           $20,000         4    -  Community Living Upper Ottawa
                                               Valley
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    Perth             $114,034        13    -  Tayside Community Residential
                                               and Support Options
                                            -  County of Lanark - APSW
                                            -  Perth and Smiths Falls
                                               District Hospital
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Plantagenet        $14,000         2    -  Services aux enfants et
                                               adultes de Prescott-Russell
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    Prescott            $7,000         1    -  Brockville and Area Centre for
                                               Developmentally Handicapped
                                               Persons Inc.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Prescott-Russell  $673,347        22    -  Services aux enfants et
                                               adultes de Prescott-Russell
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    Renfrew            $56,000         7    -  Community Living Renfrew
                                               County South
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    Smiths Falls       $66,694         6    -  Community Living Association
                                               (Lanark County)
                                            -  Perth and Smiths Falls
                                               District Hospital
                                            -  The Mills Community Support
                                               Corporation
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    Williamsburg        $7,000         1    -  Community Living Dundas County
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    Williamstown        $7,000         1    -  Community Living Dundas County
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Winchester         $17,000         3    -  Community Living Dundas County
                                            -  S.D. & G Developmental
                                               Services Centre
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    Violence Against Women Services

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                    Total       Number of
    Community       Investment  Projects    Agencies
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    Alexandria          $7,000         1    -  Equipe d'hygiene mentale de
                                               S.D.G.
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    Arnprior            $7,000         1    -  Pembroke General Hospital
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    Barry's Bay         $7,000         1    -  Pembroke General Hospital
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Carleton Place  $1,729,000         4    -  Lanark County Interval House
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Cornwall          $208,420        14    -  Equipe d'hygiene mentale de
                                               S.D.G.
                                            -  Family Counselling Centre of
                                               Cornwall and United Counties
                                            -  Maison Baldwin House
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Deep River          $7,000         1    -  North Renfrew Family Services
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Hawkesbury         $23,240         2    -  Maison Interlude House
                                            -  Services aux enfants et
                                               adultes de Prescott-Russell
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    Pembroke           $38,840         5    -  Bernadette McCann House for
                                               Women
                                            -  Pembroke General Hospital
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    Renfrew             $7,000         1    -  Pembroke General Hospital
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    Winchester        $194,230         4    -  Naomi's Family Resource Centre
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    Contact:
    Paul Doig
    Communications and Marketing Branch
    (416) 325-5187

    Disponible en français

                             www.mcss.gov.on.ca



    Backgrounder
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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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