Vaughan Social Services Agency Expanding
McGuinty Government Helps Enhance Services, Create Jobs
Ontario is helping one of the GTA's largest developmental services agencies expand its facility, which will create jobs and provide greater access to the agency's services.
Reena, located in Vaughan, will construct a new building that will allow the organization to increase its programs and training space, including:
- Reducing waiting lists for day and evening programs for youth with a developmental disability who no longer attend high school
- Enhancing Reena's professional development training program with 56 new spaces.
The province is providing $1.5 million towards the project, which is part of a $50-million province-wide investment in nearly 1,000 infrastructure projects. These projects will improve facilities at social service agencies and create an estimated 450 jobs.
- The Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act, passed in September 2008, paves the way for a modern, fair and financially sustainable developmental services system.
- Ontario's developmental services system helps more than 40,000 people each year.
“Our government is proud to invest in infrastructure improvements at social service agencies to create jobs for today and build stronger communities for tomorrow. These new facilities mean more people with a developmental disability will have a place to go and learn skills to help them participate in their community.”
“We are thrilled to receive this funding. This funding will allow Reena to significantly increase the number of placements in our Passport Program which support activities of daily living and social skills for young adults with developmental disabilities who are no longer in school.”