McGuinty Government Strengthening Social Services Agencies Through Investment In Grey-Bruce County



    Investments Will Support Community Agencies Serving People In Need

    WALKERTON, ON, March 12 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing
$840,000 in more than 80 projects in the Grey-Bruce area to renovate and
upgrade community agencies that provide programs and services to people in
need, Huron-Bruce MPP Carol Mitchell 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 $840,000 is being directed to 79 developmental services agency
projects and five violence against women agency projects in Grey and Bruce
counties. 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. For example, The
Women's Centre Serving Bruce and Grey is receiving $250,000 to acquire and
renovate a building in Owen Sound to support the expansion of outreach
counseling supports for women.
    "Community agencies provide invaluable help to so many Ontarians, but
they need our support to do what they do best," said Mitchell. "Investments in
these projects will result in stronger services and better programs for those
who use them 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
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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         SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCIES IN THE GREY-BRUCE 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 Grey and Bruce counties are receiving more
than $840,000 to improve and maintain their facilities. The funding will be
put towards capital and infrastructure projects, such as improving
accessibility features in a respite apartment, repairing the foundation of a
group home, and replacing roofs.
    In the Grey-Bruce area, 11 agencies are conducting 79 capital projects at
their developmental services sites, and two women's agencies are involved in
five 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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    Chelsey           $5,000        1       - Community Living Walkerton
                                               and District
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    Clarksburg       $12,500        1       - Community Living Meaford
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    Durham           $10,000        2       - South East Grey Support
                                               Services
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    Elmwood          $11,000        2       - Community Living Walkerton and
                                               District
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    Eugenia          $19,903        2       - South East Grey Support
                                               Services
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    Flesherton       $35,000        7       - South East Grey Support
                                               Services
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    Georgian Bluffs  $10,000        2       - Community Living Bruce
                                               Peninsula
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    Hanover          $49,669        8       - HARC Inc.
                                            - Community Living Walkerton
                                               and District
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    Holland Centre   $15,438        3       - Participation Lodge
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    Kincardine       $27,120        4       - Community Living Kincardine
                                              and District
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    Markdale         $10,000        2       - South East Grey Support
                                              Services
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    Meaford          $72,000        6       - Community Living Meaford
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    Nuestadt         $12,000        2       - HARC Inc.
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    Owen Sound       $56,000        9       - Bruce Grey Children's Services
                                            - Community Living Owen Sound
                                               and District
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    Port Elgin       $19,000        3       - Community Living Owen Sound
                                               and District
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    Teeswater        $12,000        2       - Wingham and District Community
                                               Living Association
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    Walkerton        $99,000       13       - Community Living Walkerton
                                               and District
                                            - Woodstock General Hospital
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    Wiarton          $74,350       10       - Community Living Bruce
                                               Peninsula
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    Violence Against Women Services

                       Total    Number of
    Community       Investment   Projects   Agencies
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    Kincardine       $15,000        1       - Women's House - Serving Bruce
                                               and Grey
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    Owen Sound      $277,900        4       - Women's House - Serving Bruce
                                               and Grey
                                            - The Women's Centre (Grey and
                                               Bruce) Inc.
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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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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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