Canada And Ontario Announce Funding To Build United Way Community Hubs In Toronto
The governments of Canada and Ontario today announced infrastructure funding that will expand United Way services in Toronto, help to create jobs and support the local community's economy. The joint investments will establish a 62,000 square-foot Rexdale Multi-Service Community Hub and build a new 7,000 square foot Bathurst-Finch Community Hub.
The Honourable John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, and the Honourable Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, made the announcement along with Frances Lankin, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way Toronto, and Suzan Hall, City Councillor for Etobicoke North. Total eligible project costs are $11.19 million.
"Today, I am proud to announce funding for two Toronto United Way projects that will get shovels in the ground, create jobs, and provide important services to Torontonians for years to come," said Minister Baird. "Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our government has announced an historic number of projects to support strong communities and help get Canada's economy back on track."
"Today's investment is another demonstration of the McGuinty Government's commitment to strengthening our communities' not-for-profit sector," said Minister Duguid. "This investment will not only help deliver valued community services, help create jobs, and stimulate our local economy, but will also improve the quality of life for residents in these neighbourhoods."
"This funding announcement marks another significant milestone for both the Rexdale Multi-Service Community Hub and the Bathurst-Finch Community Hub.," said Mayor David Miller. "Together with our funding partners and service providers, we will make a real difference in the lives of the people who reside in these under-serviced priority neighbourhoods. These Hubs will help build stronger, safer communities where residents can have access to the resources and services they need. We are very excited to be moving forward with these much anticipated projects."
"Community hubs like these are key elements of United Way Toronto's Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy -- an initiative that creates accessible community space and brings together community health and social services in priority neighbourhoods across Toronto," said Frances Lankin, President and CEO of United Way Toronto. "We applaud our government partners for their commitment to working together to strengthen our communities."
Canada's funding is part of the national $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, under Canada's Economic Action Plan. The contribution from the government of Ontario will be from the two-year, $32.5 billion infrastructure commitment laid out in the 2009 Ontario Budget - Confronting the Challenge: Building Our Economic Future.