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Ontario Investing In Upgrades and Repairs At DeafBlind Ontario Services in Barrie

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Ontario Investing In Upgrades and Repairs At DeafBlind Ontario Services in Barrie

Improving Safety and Accessibility for Ontario’s Most Vulnerable People

Ontario is investing in repairs and renovations for DeafBlind Ontario Services to provide better, more secure and accessible facilities for the people who use their services.

The investment in DeafBlind Ontario Services in Barrie, will be used to 

  • Upgrade the fire monitoring system
  • Replace windows in client bedrooms
  • Widen doorways to the bedroom area
  • Install automatic door openers/self-closers.

As part of the Partner Facility Renewal program, these investments will help pay for repairs and renovations so that the organizations can focus on the people they serve. Agencies receiving this funding include developmental services, community services and Violence Against Women agencies.

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 the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The province is investing $653,000 in upgrades and repairs at 18 community agencies across Ontario through this round of Partner Facility Renewal Funding. DeafBlind Ontario Services in Barrie will receive $44,600.
  • Partner Facility Renewal funding is provided annually to help social service agencies repair, renovate or upgrade their facilities. In 2016-17, through the program, Ontario has invested over $16.6 million in more than 170 community service agencies for approximately 840 projects across Ontario.
  • Projects include replacing a roof; replacing a furnace, heating and boiler pump; constructing wheelchair accessible washrooms and kitchens; replacing ramps and installing new security systems.
  • There are approximately 65,000 adults with a developmental disability in Ontario. Approximately 18,000 people with a developmental disability receive residential supports in the community, while another 15,000 receive direct funding for services and supports.
  • Last year in Ontario, more than 10,000 women and over 6,900 of their children were served by an emergency Violence Against Women shelter.

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“DeafBlind Ontario Services provides critical services to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. This investment ensures that they are able to continue to provide people with safe, accessible places to go when they need support.”

Ann Hoggarth

MPP (Barrie) and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Community and Social Services

“Community Service Agencies work tirelessly every day to help provide services that are essential to some of the most vulnerable in our communities. We recognize that it is difficult for many of these organizations to afford the cost of repairs and renovations. By helping our community agencies pay for these repairs we are allowing them to focus on providing critical supports for the people who need them and ensure that community facilities are safe, accessible places for individuals.”

Dr. Helena Jaczek

Minister of Community and Social Services

“We applaud the provincial government for investing in necessary repairs and upgrades to our residential locations. This support helps ensure that we can focus on the work we do best - serving the needs of a unique group of Ontario citizens, those who are deafblind.”

Roxanna Spruyt-Rocks

CEO, DeafBlind Ontario Services

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