Harris government announces more support for teen parents and their children
OTTAWA, March 14 /CNW/ - Minister Responsible for Children John Baird today delivered a cheque from the Harris government for $695,000 to create a new community outreach centre at St. Mary's Home, a residence for pregnant teens and young single parents and their kids.
"This funding is important because it will allow St. Mary's Home to continue to provide a vital service to our community," said Baird. "St. Mary's provides a broad range of valuable programs and services to young teens that encourage them to support healthy lifestyle choices for both themselves and their new-born children. It is easy to support a program of this quality."
The new funding will allow St. Mary's Home to purchase and develop the former Notre Dame de la Joie School from the religious order of Les Filles de la Sagesse in order to create a new bilingual Community Outreach and Program Centre. The Centre will ensure high-quality service delivery of the new and expanding programs at St. Mary's. In particular, it will enable St. Mary's to provide additional services to the francophone community.
"It means a lot to us at St. Mary's that the Ontario Government has come forward with this funding," said Nancy MacNider, executive director of St. Mary's Home. "With this support, we're looking forward to the new opportunities to build on our long and successful working relationship with the government. Much of St. Mary's current success has been enhanced by two programs funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services: Healthy Babies, Healthy Children and Learning, Earning and Parenting."
This investment is part of the government's five-year $20 billion SuperBuild initiative designed to facilitate the largest infrastructure building program in Ontario's history.
"Through SuperBuild, the Ontario government is improving the province's capital planning and investment in infrastructure," said Finance Minister and Minister Responsible for SuperBuild, Jim Flaherty. "Capital investments like these make valuable community services more accessible to the people of Ontario."
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For further information: Contacts: Dan Miles, Minister's Office, (416) 325-5215; Dianne Lone, Ministry of Community and Social Services, (416) 325-5156; For more information visit http://www.gov.on.ca/CSS