Building Prosperity For London's Most Vulnerable
McGuinty Government Helping Strengthen Services At Salvation Army
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today announced that the government is improving the quality of life for vulnerable families in London by providing a one-time grant to the Salvation Army.
"For 125 years, the Salvation Army has reached out to the most vulnerable, built people up and restored hope," said Premier McGuinty. "We believe in that work -- and that's why we're doing our part to help them continue to transform lives in London."
The government is providing $510,000 to the Salvation Army. The funding could be used to help strengthen local services or support a new child care centre.
London-Fanshawe MPP Khalil Ramal, community members and local families joined Premier McGuinty for today's announcement.
"Quality, affordable childcare is an important investment in our society and the future of Ontario," said Ramal. "The new Salvation Army Village facility will provide children with the best possible start in life and help parents balance the demands of work and family."
"We are very aware that we have a mission to help others. We are also very cognizant of the fact that, we could not do what we do without the support of all levels of government," said Major Cyril Janes, Executive Director of the Salvation Army. "The financial support of Premier McGuinty and the Ontario government to The Salvation Army London Village project will assist us once again to respond with hope to Ontario's families."
Supporting the Salvation Army is the latest way the McGuinty government is working with Ontarians to achieve results for vulnerable citizens. Other measures include:
- Raising the minimum wage four times
- Increasing social assistance rates
- Introducing a new Ontario Child Benefit, which would provide $2.1 billion in benefits to low-income families cumulatively over the first five years.
"Building a province with a great quality of life means building a society where people care for one another," said Premier McGuinty. "By supporting organizations, like the Salvation Army, we're striving for a better, stronger and more compassionate society."