McGuinty Government Strengthening Social Services Agencies Through Investment In Guelph Area

    Investments Will Support Community Agencies Serving People In Need

    GUELPH, ON, March 16 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing
$2.5 million in more than 50 projects in the Guelph area to renovate and
upgrade community agencies that provide programs and services to people in
need, Guelph-Wellington MPP Liz Sandals 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 $2.5 million is being directed to 51 developmental services
agency projects and three violence against women agency projects in
communities in the Guelph 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.
    "Our government is working to make sure the best possible services are
made available to people with disabilities, as well as women and their
children who have suffered violence," said Sandals. "These investments mean
that community agencies will have more money to provide key services to people
in our neighbourhood."
    "I am very pleased that the McGuinty government has recognized the need
to improve facilities for those living with disabilities," said Bob Butella,
Executive Director of the Association for Community Living of
Guelph-Wellington. "Along with the tremendous support of our local community,
this announcement will allow CLGW to fulfill its ARC Industries capital
project dream."
    In total, 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
    -   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."

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    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 Guelph and the surrounding area are receiving
more than $2.5 million to improve and maintain their facilities. The funding
will be put towards capital and infrastructure projects, such as renovating an
existing site to expand capacity for services for clients with developmental
disabilities, and repairing the kitchen and bathroom in a women's crisis
    In the region, six agencies are conducting 51 capital projects at their
developmental services sites, and the Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis Sexual
Assault Centre is involved in three projects. The following are receiving
funding for projects in these two sectors:

    Developmental Services

                 Total       Number of
    Community    Investment  Projects   Agencies
    Ariss        $20,000         2      - Hopewell Children's Homes Inc.
    Belwood      $9,500          1      - Community Living Guelph Wellington
    Fergus       $15,700         2      - Community Living Guelph Wellington
    Guelph       $2,333,368     33      - Community Living Guelph Wellington
                                        - Christian Horizons
                                        - Hopewell Children's Homes Inc.
                                        - Kerry's Place Autism Services
                                        - Torchlight Services
    Harriston    $7,000          1      - Community Living Guelph Wellington
    Mount        $20,700         4      - Community Living Guelph Wellington
    New Hamburg  $55,000         7      - Tri County Mennonite Homes
    Wellington   $5,000          1      - Community Living Guelph Wellington

    Violence Against Women Services

                 Total       Number of
    Community    Investment  Projects   Agencies
    Guelph       $56,850         3      - Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis:
                                          The Sexual Assault Centre

    In addition, St. Joseph's Health Centre in Guelph, which provides a
speech and language program, is receiving $7,000, and Family Counselling and
Support Services for Guelph-Wellington, which provides services for both
people with a developmental disability and women fleeing abuse, is receiving

    Paul Doig
    Communications and Marketing Branch

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    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

    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.

    Marc Despatie                                                Paul Doig
    Minister's Office                  Communications and Marketing Branch
    416-433-8584                                              416-325-5187

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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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