McGuinty Government Strengthening Social Services Agencies Through Investment In Orillia Area



    Investments Will Support Community Agencies Serving People In Need

    ORILLIA, ON, March 15 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing
$4.1 million in more than 120 projects in Orillia and the surrounding area to
renovate and upgrade community agencies that provide programs and services to
people in need, Brampton Centre MPP Linda Jeffrey 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 $4.1 million is being directed to 115 developmental services
agency projects and six violence against women agency projects in Orillia and
neighbouring communities. 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, Christian Horizons in Orillia is receiving $500,000 to
build a new group home for people with a developmental disability.
    "These agencies provide important services in the community for people
with disabilities, and women and their children fleeing violence," said
Jeffrey. "The McGuinty government is committed to doing what we can to help
these organizations provide the best possible service."
    "Simcoe Community Services is extremely pleased to have received this
grant which will be used to develop a much needed consolidated Community
Support Program for adults with an intellectual disability accessing services
in Orillia," said Lynn Price, Executive Director at Simcoe Community Services.
    "This funding is good news for the families and individuals we support,
it will be of tremendous assistance both in building community capacity and
addressing the maintenance and repair needs of existing agency owned
properties located in Orillia and Barrie. Simcoe Community Services commends
the government for seeing the importance of investing in Simcoe Community
Services to provide people with safe maintained sites in which to receive
supports," added Price.
    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 ORILLIA 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 Orillia and the surrounding area are receiving
more than $4.1 million to improve and maintain their sites. The funding will
be put towards capital and infrastructure projects, such as replacing the
boiler and hot water tank at a group home, installing a wheelchair lift into a
house, and repairing roofs.
    In this region, 10 agencies are conducting 115 projects at their
developmental services sites, and three women's agencies are involved in six
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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    Angus            $89,200          7          - Camphill Communities
                                                   Ontario
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    Baldwin          $7,360           1          - New Leaf Living and
                                                   Learning Together Inc.
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    Barrie           $433,840         37         - Christian Horizons
                                                 - Simcoe Community Services
                                                 - Catulpa Community Support
                                                   Services
                                                 - York Central Hospital
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    Collingwood      $273,900         13         - Catulpa Community Support
                                                   Services
                                                 - E3 Community
                                                   Services Inc.
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    Cookstown        $146,000         3          - Community Living
                                                   Association for South
                                                   Simcoe
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    Midland          $72,640          12         - Catulpa Community Support
                                                   Services
                                                 - Community Living Huronia
                                                 - Simcoe Community Services
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    Minesing         $5,200           1          - Simcoe Community Services
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    Orillia          $2,933,460       26         - Christian Horizons
                                                 - Simcoe Community Services
                                                 - Catulpa Community Support
                                                   Services
                                                 - Orillia Soldiers Memorial
                                                   Hospital
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    Oro-Medonte      $18,200          3          - Christian Horizons
                                                 - Simcoe Community Services
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    Penetanguishene  $13,940          3          - Community Living Huronia
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    Port McNicoll    $3,380           1          - Community Living Huronia
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    Stayner          $39,600          3          - E3 Community
                                                   Services Inc.
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    Utopia           $5,998           1          - Christian Horizons
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    Victoria
     Harbour         $10,000          2          - Community Living Huronia
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    Waubaushene      $12,000          2          - Community Living Huronia
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    Violence Against Women Services

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    Community        Total            Number of
                     Investment       Projects     Agencies
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    Barrie           $54,000          3          - Women & Children's
                                                   Shelter (Barrie)
                                                 - Huronia Transition Homes
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    Collingwood      $7,000           1          - Huronia Transition Homes
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    Midland          $15,000          1          - Huronia Transition Homes
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    Orillia          $15,000          1          - Green Haven Shelter
                                                   for Women
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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 $760,000 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
    




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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