$156,000 to upgrade and repair local community agencies

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The provincial government is investing $156,000 for repairs and renovations for eight projects at non-profit agencies in Sault Ste. Marie as part of its Partner Facility Renewal program, announced David Orazietti MPP today during a visit to Sault Ste. Marie by Minister Dr. Helena Jaczek.

“Community agencies provide invaluable help to so many Ontarians. Investments in these projects will result in stronger services and better programs for those who use them in our communities,” said Orazietti. “This type of investment in infrastructure renewal means that agency staff can focus on delivering high-quality supports in our communities.”

These investments include:

– Community Living Algoma is receiving $131,000 for 7 projects such as window replacement, resurfacing driveway and heating/cooling upgrades

– Women In Crisis (Algoma) Inc. is receiving $25,000 for upgrade replacements of HVAC systems

Through the annual Partner Facility Renewal program, the province is investing $16 million for upgrades and repairs at more than 170 community agencies across Ontario. These investments help developmental services, community services, Violence Against Women agencies, and Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy agencies better serve clients.

Community Living Algoma’s Executive Director, John Policicchio said, “Community Living Algoma expresses our appreciation to Minister David Orazietti for his ongoing support of developmental services in our community. The funding allocated through the Partner Facility Renewal is much needed funding for the seven minor capital projects which have been approved. The funding will ensure that our properties are adequately maintained to ensure safe, updated and modern buildings for individuals with a developmental disability.”

Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history — about $160 billion over 12 years. This is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.

“Our government believes that people in need deserve all the help we can give them. By investing in our community facilities, we are making sure that vulnerable Ontarians have safe, accessible places to go when they need support the most.” said, Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services

Supporting community agencies that help those most in need is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

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