McGuinty Government Investing In Children And Youth In Thunder Bay District

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McGuinty Government Investing In Children And Youth In Thunder Bay District

Children's Treatment Centre, Children's Mental Health and Child Care: Priorities for a Prosperous Ontario THUNDER BAY, ON, July 28 - The Ontario government is giving a big boost to the children and youth of Thunder Bay District by investing in services that provide treatment, care and education for the children and youth in this community, Minister of Children and Youth Services, Dr. Marie Bountrogianni announced today. "Our government believes that a child's healthy development is key to his or her future success," said Bountrogianni. "The investments we're making today will produce results we all want: healthier children who succeed in school and grow up to be productive adults." Bountrogianni joined Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay - Superior North, and Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay - Atikokan, in announcing $5.3 million in capital funding for the George Jeffrey Children's Treatment Centre. The centre provides treatment and service to children with physical and developmental disabilities. Other highlights of today's announcement include: - $696,300 for child care; - $260,790 for children's mental health programs; - $208,856 for youth justice services; and - $37,257 for community service agencies serving children and youth. "We're pleased to see the government recognizes the need to support children and youth with special needs and their families in this community," said Eiji Tsubouchi, Executive Director of the George Jeffrey Children's Treatment Centre. "This is good news for our children and families and good news for this region." These investments are part of the government's commitment to improve the health of Ontarians and help children succeed in school. Provincially, the government is investing $58 million in child care, $25 million in children's mental health and millions more in other programs for children, including providing free immunizations and expanded school nutrition programs. "Children with disabilities, mental health issues and child care are all serious concerns for parents in this community," said MPP Gravelle. "I'm proud to see our government is investing in the programs and services that are helping families right here every day. By investing in children, we're investing in Ontario," said MPP Mauro. Disponible en fran├žais www.children.gov.on.caFor further information: Contacts: Andrew Weir, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7159; Anne Machowski-Smith, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, (416) 325-5156