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  • February 25, 2010


McGuinty Government Supporting People, Strengthening Local Economies



Local agencies serving individuals with developmental disabilities and families struggling with domestic abuse are getting much-needed support to repair, renovate and upgrade.

The government is investing $119,500 in 7 community agencies throughout Oak Ridges-Markham. Today’s announcement is part of a broader $5-million investment that will improve community services and bolster local economies across the province. This money will be used to help maintain and upgrade buildings, allowing these agencies to continue to provide important services for residents.

The investment will support:

  • Shadow Lake, a member of Community Living Toronto, to make the necessary repairs to meet the Fire Inspection Report - $70 000
  • Christian Horizons, to install paths for wheelchairs- $10 000
  • J.D. Griffin Adolescent Centre Inc, to repair deck for safe access to the building- $10 000

These community service agencies provide support to people with developmental disabilities so they can lead active, fulfilling lives and they also provide shelter and support to parents and children struggling with domestic abuse.


“Providing local community service agencies with this much needed funding for infrastructure repairs, ensures that we all have the services we need should we be faced with life challenges. These community agencies provide a variety of support to people with developmental disabilities and to parents and to children struggling from domestic abuse. By providing these agencies with funding to make the necessary infrastructure repairs they can continue to offer their services to ensure everyone has the opportunity to lead an active and fulfilling life.” said Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P. Oak Ridges-Markham.

“Community service providers want to help people, not worry about leaky roofs or broken furnaces,” said Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community and Social Services. “Helping them pay for repairs and important renovations means they can focus more on people and less on finding the funds they need to keep their buildings safe, secure and in good repair.”


  • Ontario’s developmental services system helps more than 40,000 people with a $1.5-billion budget each year.
  • In 2008-09, emergency shelters across the province served approximately 13,000 women and 9,000 children.


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