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Ontario Boosting Non-Profit Programming and Services for More Than 350,000 People

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Ontario Boosting Non-Profit Programming and Services for More Than 350,000 People

Province Supporting Over 100 Organizations to Build Stronger Communities

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ontario is helping more than 100 non-profit organizations expand and improve their programs and services for more than 350,000 people and build stronger communities across the province.

Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph, made the announcement today on behalf of Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism Culture and Sport, at the Lakeside HOPE House in Guelph.

The province is supporting the Lakeside HOPE House to help more than 60 low-income people through its Circles ® program. Program volunteers help individuals and their families become more financially independent by offering emotional and practical support and connecting them to resources and training, for example preparing for job interviews.

These 114 organizations will be funded through two Ontario Trillium Foundation streams: Grow grants, which help organizations expand an existing, proven not-for-profit project, and Collective Impact grants, which help organizations work together to tackle complex issues in their own community.

Supporting strong, healthy communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations.
  • Since 2013, the Ontario Trillium Foundation has invested over $432 million in projects to help build healthy and vibrant communities.
  • Sixteen Grant Review Teams across Ontario, composed of active community-based volunteers, review applications and guide granting decisions for the OTF.
  • With an investment of $35.5 million, these 114 projects will have a positive impact on the lives of more than 356,000 people across the province over the next three years.
  • OTF publishes its granting data in a raw, machine-readable format to help drive innovation and collaboration. This aligns with Ontario’s Open Government commitment to increase transparency by making government data more publicly available.

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Quotes

Eleanor McMahon

“I’m inspired to see the positive impact these non-profit organizations are having on the lives of Ontarians. With our government’s support, their projects will reach more people and have greater results in building strong and healthy communities.”

Eleanor McMahon

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Liz Sandals

“The Lakeside HOPE House is making a real difference for vulnerable people in Guelph. I’m pleased that we are supporting the expansion of important projects like these, which contribute so much to the communities they serve.”

Liz Sandals

MPP for Guelph

“Every step we take toward creating equality of opportunity and breaking down the stigma surrounding poverty is a step in the right direction. The Ontario Trillium Foundation is encouraged by meaningful initiatives like this one at Lakeside HOPE House, and we look forward to seeing the program achieve its goals.”

Janet Yale

Board Chair, Ontario Trillium Foundation

“Lakeside HOPE House provides tangible, compassionate assistance and care to individuals experiencing poverty through programs and services that foster a greater level of independence. We are extremely grateful for this grant of $150,000 as it will allow us to continue to offer Circles® Guelph Wellington, a program with proven success in assisting people exiting poverty and changing the way our community thinks and acts on poverty.”

Jaya James

Director, Lakeside HOPE House

Media Contacts

  • Jeff Costen

    Minister’s Office

    Jeff.Costen@ontario.ca

    (416) 314-4266

  • Denelle Balfour

    Communications Branch

    Denelle.Balfour@ontario.ca

    (416) 326-1724

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