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Helping Urban Aboriginal People

McGuinty Government Invests In Friendship Centres

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Ontario is partnering with the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres to build or renovate friendship centres so they continue to play a prominent role in the lives of urban Aboriginal people.

Over the next three years, a number of friendship centres will receive funding through this new program for renovations of existing facilities and new building projects. Friendship centres improve the quality of life for Aboriginal people living in urban areas.

This program will support the creation of short-term construction and renovation jobs across Ontario and is part of the Open Ontario Plan to create jobs and strengthen the province's economy.

Quick Facts

  • The Friendship Centre Infrastructure Program is a three-year $8-million capital initiative.
  • According to the 2006 Census, 62 per cent of Ontario's Aboriginal population live in urban centres.
  • The Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres provides programming support to friendship centres across Ontario, helping them to deliver a range of programs and services for Aboriginal people.

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“We are working together with the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres to ensure local centres have what they need to continue providing programs and services to urban Aboriginal people across the province.”

Chris Bentley

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

“Investing in friendship centres supports urban Aboriginal communities, creates jobs for Ontarians and strengthens Ontario for the future.”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Infrastructure

“Friendship Centres are community hubs. They provide a gathering place for urban Aboriginal people to celebrate their culture and access many services and programs. On behalf of the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres we look forward to working with Ontario and express our gratitude to the province for supporting our efforts in providing a safe environment for urban Aboriginal people in our communities.”

Sheila McMahon

President of the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres

“Friendship Centres desperately need to address health and safety issues and space requirements. This new capital will permit them to better provide their services and programs to urban Aboriginal people.”

Sylvia Maracle

Executive Director of the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres



Aboriginal People