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Ontario Investing in Upgrades and Repairs for Community Agencies in Scarborough

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Ontario Investing in Upgrades and Repairs for Community Agencies in Scarborough

Province Providing $580,000 to Improve Local Facilities

Ministry of Community and Social Services

Ontario is helping community agencies provide better, safer and more accessible facilities for individuals and families in Scarborough.

As part of the annual Partner Facility Renewal program, the province is investing approximately $580,000 for repairs and renovations at seven local non-profit agencies in Scarborough that provide services to people with developmental disabilities and women and their children experiencing violence.

For example:

  • Julliette's Place Homeward Family Shelter is receiving $115,000 to replace the 20-ton rooftop cooling unit, structurally improve the rooftop system, and upgrade and enhance security around entrances.
  • Participation House Parent Association is receiving $27,000 to finish repairs on a ramp for better and safer wheelchair access, and to upgrade an old shower room.
  • Mary Centre of the Archdiocese of Toronto is receiving $101,200 to upgrade accessible washrooms, waterproof a foundation and replace an emergency access walkway.

Through the Partner Facility Renewal program, the province is investing a total of nearly $36 million toward upgrades and repairs at more than 350 community agencies across Ontario. This investment includes $28 million that was distributed last summer and nearly $8 million that was delivered in December.

The funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in the province's history -- more than $134 billion over 10 years, which is making 110,000 jobs possible every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In the last six months of 2015, the province announced support for nearly 200 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.

Quick Facts

  • Emergency women’s shelters across Ontario serve approximately 12,000 women and nearly 8,000 children each year.
  • There are approximately 42,000 adults with a developmental disability in Ontario who received government-funded supports.
  • Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors.

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Dr. Helena Jaczek

“Community agencies here in Scarborough and across the province are providing vital residential supports and developmental services for families, and shelter services for women who need a safe haven for themselves and their children. We need to ensure the facilities they depend on are safe, secure and in good repair.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek

Minister of Community and Social Services

“Our government recognizes that the safety and accessibility of community agencies, such as those in my riding of Scarborough-Rouge River is essential to the staff who provide specialized care and assistance to those in need, and to the families who rely on these services.”

Bas Balkissoon

MPP Scarborough-Rouge River

“This investment will help Julliette’s Place provide an even safer environment for women and their children fleeing abuse by providing much-needed repairs and upgrades. We’re pleased that the government of Ontario recognizes the value of keeping community agencies such as ours well-maintained.”

Margaret C. Haynes

Executive Director, Julliette’s Place Homeward Family Shelter

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