McGuinty Government Strengthening Social Services Agencies Through Investment In London Area



    Investments Will Support Community Agencies Serving People In Need

    LONDON, ON, March 13 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing
$2.7 million in more than 280 projects in the London area to renovate and
upgrade community agencies that provide programs and services to people in
need, London North Centre MPP Deb Matthews 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 $2.7 million is being directed to 260 developmental services
agency projects and 24 violence against women agency projects in the London
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.
    For example, Participation House, which is building a group home in
London, is receiving more than $190,000 for 19 projects under this program.
    "I would like to thank this government for the welcome news of this
funding to upgrade our existing homes," said Brian Dunne, Executive Director
of Participation House Support Services. "We will be able to repair sidewalks,
replace aging doors and windows and enhance the comfort of residents living in
their homes."
    "For so many years, these agencies have had their budgets for repairs and
physical improvements slashed," said Matthews. "I'm delighted our government
is providing these investments to upgrade and repair these community sites."
    Overall, the government is injecting $36.5 million into Ontario
communities to stimulate employment and improve social service 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 LONDON AND SURROUNDING 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 London area are receiving more than
$2.7 million to improve and maintain their facilities. The funding will be put
towards capital and infrastructure projects, such as replacing the roof and
flooring at a women's shelter and installing accessible bathtubs in a group
home for adults with developmental disabilities.
    In this region, 30 agencies are conducting 260 in projects at their
developmental services sites, and 11 women's agencies are involved in 24
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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    Aylmer        $7,000          1      - Community Services Coordination
                                           Network
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    Belgrave      $7,000          1      - Wingham and District Community
                                           Living Association
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    Blyth         $7,000          1      - Community Living Central Huron
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    Clinton       $7,000          1      - Community Living Central Huron
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    Dashwood      $14,060         2      - Community Living South Huron
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    Egmondville   $10,000         2      - Community Living South Huron
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    Exeter        $30,820         6      - Anago (Non) Residential
                                           Resources Inc.
                                         - Community Living South Huron
                                         - Partners In Employment
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    Glencoe       $7,000          1      - Quad County Support Services
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    Goderich      $14,000         2      - Community Living Central Huron
                                         - Partners In Employment
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    Ingersoll     $43,000         7      - Ingersoll Support Services Inc.
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    Listowell     $31,500         5      - Community Living North Perth
                                         - Partners In Employment
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    London and    $946,287       122     - Alice Saddy Association
    Middlesex                            - Anago (Non) Residential
    Township                               Resources Inc.
                                         - Christian Horizons
                                         - Community Living London
                                         - Community Services Coordination
                                           Network
                                         - Forward House of London
                                         - Hutton House Association for
                                           Adults with Disabilities
                                         - L'Arche London
                                         - Middlesex Community Living
                                         - Parents of Technologically
                                           Dependent Children
                                         - Participation House Support
                                           Services
                                         - Quad County Support Services
                                         - Salvation Army
                                         - The Crest Centre
                                         - Woodstock General Hospital
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    Mitchell      $7,000          1      - Community Services Coordination
                                           Network
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    Mt. Brydges   $6,100          1      - Middlesex Community Living
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    Parkhill      $5,000          1      - Anago (Non) Residential
                                           Resources Inc.
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    St. Thomas    $170,300       22      - Elgin Association for
                                           Community Living
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    Stratford     $175,325       21      - Community Living Stratford
                                           and Area
                                         - L'Arche Stratford
                                         - Partners In Employment
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    Strathroy     $109,000       15      - Anago (Non) Residential
                                           Resources Inc.
                                         - Leads Employment Services
                                           London Inc.
                                         - Middlesex Community Living
                                         - Strathroy Housing for the
                                           Handicapped Corporation
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    Tillsonburg   $424,312       20      - Community Living Tillsonburg
                                         - VON Oxford Branch
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    Wardsville    $15,000         3      - Quad County Support Services
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    Wingham       $27,000         3      - Partners In Employment
                                         - Wingham and District Community
                                           Living Association
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    Woodstock     $177,920       22      - Christian Horizons
                                         - VON Oxford Branch
                                         - Woodstock and District
                                           Developmental Services
                                         - Woodstock General Hospital
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    Violence Against Women Services

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                  Total       Number of
    Community     Investment  Projects   Agencies
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    Goderich      $17,200         2      - Women's Shelter, Second Stage
                                           Housing and Counselling
                                           Services of Huron
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    London        $176,271        6      - At Lohsa Native Family Healing
                                           Services
                                         - Women's Community House
                                         - Women's Emergency Center
                                         - London Abused Women's Centre
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    Onoyota'a:ka  $7,000          1      - At Lohsa Native Family Healing
                                           Services
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    Stratford     $37,000         2      - Emily Murphy Second Stage
                                           Residences
                                         - Perth County Transition Home
                                           for Women
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    Strathroy     $130,000        7      - Women's Rural Resource Centre
                                           of Strathroy and Area
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    St. Thomas    $52,000         4      - St. Thomas Elgin Second Stage
                                           Transitional Residence
                                         - Violence Against Women Services
                                           Elgin County
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    Woodstock     $12,000         2      - Women's Emergency Centre
                                         - Children's Aid Society of
                                           Oxford County
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    In addition, the Canadian Hearing Society in London, London Goodwill
Industries, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind in London, and the
Ontario March of Dimes (Rehabilitation Foundation for the Disabled) are
receiving a total of $31,285.

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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)
325-5219; Paul Doig, Communications and Marketing Branch, (416) 325-5187

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