Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

December 23, 2009 10:16 ET

Canada and Ontario Invest in Ottawa Youth Services Bureau

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 23, 2009) - Canada and Ontario today announced an investment in partnership with Ottawa's Youth Services Bureau (YSB) that will renew the present Youth Downtown Drop-in Centre. The $533,334 announcement was made today by the Honourable John Baird, Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister and the Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean, and the Honourable Jim Watson, Ontario's Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister and the Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean.

Ministers Baird and Watson were pleased to be joined by Jane Fjeld, Associate Executive Director of the Youth Services Bureau.

"The Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa provides a helping hand to many of Ottawa's youth in need," said Minister Baird. "I would like to congratulate Alex Munter and Jane Fjeld for their vision and leadership in making this project a reality."

"The McGuinty Government is pleased to partner with the Federal Government to allow the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa to continue it's valuable downtown drop-in program," said Minister Watson. "This investment will not only help the Youth Services Bureau with capital costs, it will also assist the program's operating costs as a result of energy efficient upgrades."

"On behalf of the over 900 homeless and street-involved youth who come to the Downtown Drop-In every year, we would like to thank the Governments of Ontario and Canada for this investment in making their lives better," said Ms. Fjeld. "This funding will provide much needed renovations to the sixty-year-old building. The impact will be improved services for vulnerable youth and higher energy efficiency so that more dollars can go directly into programs."

The Governments of Canada and Ontario and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa are each investing one-third of the total project cost. Canada's funding is part of its new national Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, under Canada's Economic Action Plan unveiled in January 2009. Ontario's matching contribution is provided through the 2009 Ontario Budget - Confronting the Challenge: Building Our Economic Future.

Canada and Ontario are working together to create jobs and boost the economy, while making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    James Kusie
    Director of Issues Management
    Office of Jim Watson, MPP
    Adam De Caire
    Executive Assistant
    Infrastructure Canada