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Ontario Supporting Upgrades and Repairs at Community Agencies in Huron, Grey and Bruce Counties

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Ontario Supporting Upgrades and Repairs at Community Agencies in Huron, Grey and Bruce Counties

Improving Safety and Accessibility for Ontario’s Most Vulnerable People

Ontario is investing in repairs, renovations, upgrades and fire safety improvements at more than 170 community agencies across the province to provide more secure and accessible facilities for people who use their services.

Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services was at Women's House Serving Bruce & Grey in Kincardine to announce that it will be receiving funding to make critical repairs to the foundation.  Some of the local agencies that will also receive funding include:

  • Chippewas of Nawash in Neyaashiinigmiing: $32,300 to replace the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system
  • Community Living Hanover & Area HARC Inc: $46,200 to install a sprinkler system
  • Participation Lodge Grey Bruce in Holland Centre: $393,400 to replace brickwork, door frames, doors, the electrical transfer switch and septic system, and repair waterproofing, parking lot and driveway

This investment is part of Ontario’s Partner Facility Renewal (PFR) program, which helps local agencies repair and renovate their facilities to better serve people in the community. This support is also helping agencies ensure that their buildings meet improvements to Ontario’s Fire Code, in order to keep residents safe. 

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Investing in community agencies that help those most in need is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Eight community service agencies in the counties of Huron, Grey and Bruce will receive almost $700,000 as part of the Partner Facility Renewal Program. Women's House Serving Bruce & Grey in Kincardine will receive $125,000.
  • The province is funding approximately 950 projects at 170 community agencies this year.
  • Partner Facility Renewal (PFR) minor capital funding is provided annually to help community and developmental service agencies repair, renovate or upgrade their facilities. Agencies receiving this funding include; agencies who provide supports and services to women and children who have experienced domestic violence, those who provide supports and services to developmentally disabled adults as well as agencies who provide supports and services to Indigenous people delivered through the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy.
  • In 2017/18, under the PFR program, Ontario is investing approximately $16 million in more than 150 community service agencies for approximately 850 projects across Ontario. Approved projects include upgrading accessible washrooms and kitchens; replacing windows and doors; replacing and repairing roofs, furnace and air conditioner replacement; expansion of program space and foundation repair.
  • The province is also investing $6.5 million in 2017-18 in fire safety in more than 90 facilities from over 30 community service agencies across the province. Approved projects include fire alarm system upgrades, installation of fire doors and separations and sprinkler system installations.
  • Ontario is the first province to make sprinklers mandatory in residential occupancy facilities servicing clients with cognitive and physical limitations and are incapable of evacuating the occupancy without assistance.
  • An amendment to the Fire Code that took effect on January 1, 2014 introduced new retrofit requirements requiring facility modifications.

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“Community and developmental service agencies play an invaluable role in providing critical services to many people across Ontario. By investing in repairs, renovations, upgrades and fire safety, we are ensuring that individuals that require services at these agencies have access to improved facilities and that staff who work tirelessly assisting those who require supports can focus on what they do best: helping people in our communities.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek

Minister of Community and Social Services

“Safety measures like upgraded fire alarm systems, fire doors, and sprinkler systems reduce the impact of fire and help save lives. Buildings and facilities across the province that provide community services will benefit from enhanced fire safety measures – further protecting Ontario’s most vulnerable and giving peace of mind to their loved ones.”

Marie-France Lalonde

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“We applaud the provincial government for investing in necessary repairs to our facility. This support helps ensure that we can focus on the work we do best - serving the needs of women and their children who are fleeing violence.”

Lisa Owen

Interim Executive Director, Women's House Serving Bruce and Grey

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