Ontario Invests In Toronto-Area Aboriginal Centres

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Ontario Invests In Toronto-Area Aboriginal Centres

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Renovation Grants Improve Ability To Provide Better Services TORONTO, May 22 - The Ontario government is investing in renovation projects for nine Toronto-area Aboriginal social services organizations to promote health and prosperity among urban Aboriginal peoples, Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs David Ramsay announced today. "Today's announcement will help Aboriginal organizations in Toronto that provide essential services such as counselling programs, employment and training support and collection of food for low income families and the homeless," said Ramsay. "These centres provide a great deal of support and stability, especially for those who are new to the city." More than $435,000 is being invested through Ontario's Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program. The program funds the construction, acquisition, renovation and expansion of community, friendship and small business centres. Each of the nine organizations has received funding for much-needed renovations ranging from repairs to roofing and flooring to installation of new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. Some of the centres have received grant money to install computer networks, security systems or permanent fixtures. The renovations create healthier environments for those who use the services or facilities such as gymnasiums or conference rooms available at some of these centres. "These organizations reach out to many people in the community," said Ramsay. "They not only provide a range of services to help urban Aboriginal people establish themselves in the city but, just as importantly, they also provide a link to their heritage, culture and traditions." Earlier this year, the Ontario government also announced the establishment of a new Aboriginal Education Strategy which includes a new education framework and an initial $6-million investment to improve achievement for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students in Ontario. Further information on the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program may be obtained by contacting Tim Sim, at 416-314-7217 or by visiting the Ontario Secretariat for Aboriginal Affairs website at www.aboriginalaffairs.osaa.gov.on.ca/english/economy/grants.htm Disponible en français www.aboriginalaffairs.osaa.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- RENOVATION GRANTS FOR MEMBERS OF THE TORONTO ABORIGINAL SOCIAL SERVICES ASSOCIATION ------------------------------------------------------------------------- FUNDING ORGANIZATION AND ITS FUNCTION PROJECT AMOUNT ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Aboriginal Legal Services Installation of a $50,000 of Toronto Inc. computer network and - Provides a variety of legal expansion of services for Aboriginal people phone system line in the area ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Anduhyaun Implementation of energy $50,000 - Supports Aboriginal women and efficiencies at its their children to maintain their Nekenaan Second Stage cultural identity, their Housing facility self-esteem, and their economic, physical and spiritual wellbeing ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment Repairs to the floor in $49,525 and Training the client services area, - Provides the Greater Toronto air quality improvement Area's Aboriginal community and installation of with training initiatives and security fencing employment services ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Native Canadian Centre Renovation to the $47,880 - Provides a gathering place to auditorium, installation deliver programs and services of a security system and for Native people while striving improvements to the to reflect the traditional drainage system Native cultural perspective ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Native Child and Family Services Renovations to its $45,662 of Toronto facility in Toronto's - Provides multi-faceted social east end and culture-based services for Aboriginal children and families, as well as alternative care for Aboriginal children who need foster care services ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Native Men's Residence Painting of the Native $49,820 - Provides a 38-bed shelter to Men's Residence three house and serve the needs of facilities in Toronto homeless Aboriginal men in to improve the environment Toronto ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nishnawbe Homes Roof replacements to its $33,331 - Provides safe, secure housing facility located in for the homeless and under-housed Toronto's east end Aboriginal people in Toronto ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ontario Federation of Indian Replacement of the $46,667 Friendship Centres facility's heating, - Administers a number of programs ventilation and air delivered by local Friendship conditioning system Centres in areas such as health, justice, family support, and employment and training ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Toronto Council Fire Installation of a $63,112 - Provides training, cultural, security system and recreational, counselling and improvements to the drop-in services for Toronto's existing plumbing system Aboriginal community ------------------------------------------------------------------------- TOTAL $435,997 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disponible en français www.aboriginalaffairs.osaa.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Anne-Marie Flanagan, Minister's Office, (416) 327-0654; Sofia Sousa-Dias, Communications Branch, (416) 326-3187 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Anne-Marie Flanagan, Minister's Office, (416) 327-0654; Sofia Sousa-Dias, Communications Branch, (416) 326-3187