McGuinty Government Supporting Families In Kitchener
Investments Help Community Agencies Reach Out To People In Need
The Ontario government is investing in community agencies in Waterloo Region to support Ontario families who need a little extra help, said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"Building a province with a great quality of life means building a society where people are there for one another -- and right now, there are families out there who need our help," said Premier McGuinty. "Our job, together as Ontarians, is to lend a hand."
The McGuinty government is investing $1 million in the Catholic Family Counselling Centre of Waterloo Region, which helps victims of domestic abuse.
"The provincial government's investment in the building expansion at the CFCC will allow several community partners to work together, all under one roof, to protect and help victims of family violence," said Cathy Brothers, Executive Director, CFCC. "This support of the Family Violence Project collaborative, a first-in-Canada initiative, means that hundreds of additional victims of family violence will find safety and resources, right here, right now, and further that the cycle of domestic violence can be broken for future generations."
"Through the Family Violence Project, the Catholic Family Counselling Centre and their partners are providing meaningful support to women and children in our area through this innovative strategy," said Kitchener Centre MPP John Milloy. "It is serving as an example for other communities throughout Ontario and I am proud of our government's support."
"With this funding the McGuinty government is recognizing the significant community contributions these organizations make to the well-being of our citizens and of our province," said Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur. "We're helping community agencies to continue to support those in our communities who need it most."
The funding is part of the Province's $18-million infrastructure investment in community agencies. Other Budget 2007 initiatives to benefit vulnerable Ontario families include:
- $350,000 to Christian Horizons, which provides programs and services to people with developmental disabilities in Waterloo Region
- $250,000 for Reaching our Outdoor Friends (ROOF), a drop-in centre for youth aged 12 to 25 years
- Creating a new Ontario Child Benefit that will help nearly 1.3 million children in low-income families
- Raising the minimum wage to $10.25 in 2010, and
- Increasing Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works rates by two per cent -- a seven per cent increase since 2003.
"Community agencies help keep Ontario families healthy and happy," said Premier McGuinty. "We're going to keep working, together with Ontarians, to make sure everyone in our province gets the support they need when they need it."