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Ontario Investing $6.5 Million in Fire Safety Upgrades For Community Service Agencies

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Ontario Investing $6.5 Million in Fire Safety Upgrades For Community Service Agencies

Funding Will Help Organizations Serving Ontario’s Most Vulnerable

Ontario is providing $6.5 million to improve the fire safety of community service agency facilities where some of Ontario's most vulnerable people receive services.

The Minister of Community and Social Services Dr. Helena Jaczek made the announcement today at Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District, which provides programs that support people with developmental disabilities in York Region.

Across Ontario, more than 130 facilities from over 40 agencies will receive funding to improve fire safety this year. Types of projects will include:

  • Fire alarm system upgrades
  • Installation of fire doors and separations
  • Sprinkler system installations.

This investment brings the total funding to improve fire safety in developmental and community service agency facilities to more than $15 million since 2014-15.

Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Investing in community service agency facilities is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is the first province to make sprinklers mandatory in existing senior care residences and homes for our most vulnerable citizens.
  • An amendment to the Fire Code that took effect on January 1, 2014 introduced new retrofit requirements requiring facility modifications, where necessary, before 2019.

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“We fund agencies like Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District because they provide services that are essential to some of the most vulnerable in our communities. We recognized that it is difficult for many of these organizations to afford the cost of bringing their facilities up to the Fire Code standards. This funding will help to ensure that these services can be provided in a safe facility where dedicated staff and volunteers can focus on caring for people.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek

Minister of Community and Social Services

“Fire safety measures like upgraded fire alarms, fire doors and sprinkler systems significantly reduce the risk of fire and help save lives. Now, even more buildings across the province that provide community services will have fire safety precautions in place to protect Ontario’s most vulnerable and bring peace of mind to their loved ones.”

David Orazietti

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District takes great pride in providing support for some of our community’s most vulnerable people. With this funding, families can rest easy knowing that the facilities at Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District will continue to be a safe place for their loved ones for years to come.”

Chris Ballard

M.P.P., Newmarket-Aurora

“This funding will allow us to make the fire safety upgrades required to keep clients safe and secure. The fire safety funding is critical to ensure compliance with the regulatory changes of the Fire Code. This funding is a welcome relief, as we are now able to focus more on supports/services, and spend less time worrying about how to fund fire safety improvements.”

Colleen Zakoor

Executive Director of Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District

“The safety of Newmarket and Aurora residents is our top priority at Central York Fire Services. Ontario’s investment in crucial fire safety infrastructure and preventative measures will go a long way in keeping important community facilities like Community Living Newmarket/Aurora District safe and fire smart.”

Ian Laing

Fire Chief of Central York Fire Services

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