The Government of Ontario is helping community agencies repair and renovate their buildings so they can continue providing vital services to children and families.
“Women’s Resources is a fantastic local organization that does crucial work to provide support to children and women in need,” said MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Laurie Scott. “I’m pleased that this investment will help create a safer environment for their clients, staff, and volunteers.”
The province is investing $8,100.00 in Women’s Resources of Kawartha Lakes to help them upgrade fire protection and life safety equipment.
“We want our community agencies to spend more time helping people and less time worrying about covering the costs of building repairs,” said Lisa MacLeod, minister of children, community and social services. “Our government understands the need for targeted investments while balancing our responsibility to efficiently manage resources.”
Through the annual Partner Facility Renewal program, the government is investing a total of $1.6 million in more than 60 projects that will upgrade and repair community agencies across Ontario. The investments help agencies maintain their buildings so they can provide better services for people with developmental disabilities, women and children experiencing domestic violence, Indigenous people and children with mental health needs, for example.
“It is important that we provide support to our community partners to enable them to continue their essential work,” said Scott. “The safety of clients and staff is paramount and this investment will help improve building safety.”
- Ontario’s emergency women’s shelters serve more than 17,000 women and children yearly.
- There are more than 70,000 adults with a developmental disability in Ontario and about 18,000 receive residential supports in communities across the province.
- In 2017-18, almost 109,000 families across Ontario were served by 49 children’s aid societies, including 11 Indigenous societies and three faith-based societies.