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Helping Local Children’s Centres Stay Safe and Accessible

Province Supporting Repairs and Upgrades at Community Agencies

Ontario is helping community agencies across the province provide better care for children, youth and their families by supporting critical repairs and renovations that will keep facilities well-maintained, safe and accessible.

Minister of Children and Youth Services Michael Coteau made the announcement this morning at the Thames Valley Children’s Centre in London, which provides specialized rehabilitation services to more than 8,000 children and youth every year. This support will help the centre upgrade its building ventilation and cooling system to maintain safety and comfort for children and youth receiving services.

Ontario is providing support for 70 children’s treatment centres, children’s aid societies and youth centres across the province through its Partner Facility Renewal program. The support will allow these agencies to complete 140 facility upgrade and repair projects, helping them continue to deliver quality care for children, youth and families.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Supporting better care for children, youth and families in their communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $3.8 million in more than 140 facility upgrades and repair projects through this round of Partner Facility Renewal funding, including $399,600 at London’s Thames Valley Children’s Centre.
  • Approved projects across the province include: upgrading accessible washrooms, replacing windows, repairing roofs, replacing furnaces, expanding program space and installing sprinklers and fire alarms.
  • Thames Valley Children’s Centre provides services that support a range of special needs, including physical disabilities, communication disorders, developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders.
  • In August 2016, Ontario invested $16 million through the Partner Facility Renewal program in more than 550 facility upgrades at more than 140 community agencies across the province.

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“Investments in facility repairs and renovations are investments in the safety, security and wellbeing of the children and families that these community agencies serve. Ontario’s children’s treatment centres, children’s aid societies and youth centres provide vital support to our province’s most vulnerable. I’m thrilled to announce this funding, as it will help these organizations continue to provide the kind of care that will position children and youth for success.”

Michael Coteau – Minister of Children and Youth Services

“I’m proud our government is supporting Ontario’s children’s centres with this investment to help maintain their facilities. These important investments in infrastructure will make a positive impact on kids and their families right here in London.”

Deb Matthews – MPP (London North Centre)

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