McGuinty Government Investments will Strengthen Aboriginal Social Service Agencies

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McGuinty Government Investments will Strengthen Aboriginal Social Service Agencies

Ministry of Community and Social Services

Key Element In Strategy To Boost Jobs And Economic Renewal
TORONTO, March 15 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing more than $760,000 to build, renovate, upgrade and repair Aboriginal social service agencies across Ontario, Community and Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur announced today.
"Our government is continuing to build a healthier future for Aboriginal communities across Ontario," said Meilleur. "This investment will help Aboriginal social service agencies remain safe, secure, and in good repair so they can focus on providing important services to those who need them."
More than $650,000 is being directed to seven projects at Aboriginal agencies that provide services to people with a developmental disability. Aboriginal community agencies that provide programs and services for women who are victims of domestic violence and their children will also share in more than $105,000 for 12 projects. Projects focus on a variety of building and repair projects to improve their agency sites.
Overall, the government is investing $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:
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- 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."
"For years, our social services agencies have had to stretch their money to cover the cost of providing services and maintaining their facilities," said Meilleur. "This government recognizes that by encouraging a stronger workforce and a stronger economy, we can also help strengthen Aboriginal communities."
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FUNDING BOOST FOR ABORIGINAL SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCIES
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 Ontario's Aboriginal communities are receiving more than $760,000 to improve and maintain their facilities. The funding will be put towards capital and infrastructure projects such as acquiring a new site for a day program, repairing and replacing floors in group homes, and increasing accessibility features.
In Ontario Aboriginal communities, three agencies are conducting seven capital projects at their developmental services sites, and six women's agencies are involved in 12 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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Moosonee $5,000 1 - James Bay Association for
Community Living
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Ohsweken $640,450 4 - Six Nations Special
Services for Special People
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Wikwemikong $12,000 2 - Wikwemikong Unceded
Indian Reserve
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Violence Against Women Services
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Community Total Number of Agencies
Investment Projects
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Blind River $5,000 1 - Mississauga First Nation
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Hamilton $34,000 2 - Hamilton-Wentworth Chapter
of Native Women
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Moosonee $29,232 3 - Town of Moosonee
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North Bay $7,000 1 - Nipissing First Nation
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Ohsweken $7,000 1 - Ganohkwa Sra
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Thunder Bay $24,000 4 - Beendigen 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 $760,000 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: Marc Despatie, Minister's Office, (416) 325-5219; Paul Doig, Communications and Marketing Branch, (416) 325-5187