Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

December 22, 2009 14:30 ET

Canada and Ontario Partner With Toronto's Ronald McDonald House to Build a New House

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2009) - Canada and Ontario today announced an investment in partnership with Toronto's Ronald McDonald House to build a new, larger House that will serve 80 families with seriously ill children. This total investment of more than $26 million will not only create local jobs in Toronto, but expand services to families for years to come.

To make the announcement, the Honourable John Baird, Canada's Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, and George Smitherman, Member of Provincial Parliament for Toronto Centre, joined Executive Director Jane Marco of Ronald McDonald House Toronto.

"Today I'm proud to join with Ronald McDonald House to announce an infrastructure project that will benefit families in need, create jobs, and boost the local economy," said Minister Baird. "Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our government has announced an historic number of infrastructure projects to help strengthen our communities, including here in Toronto."

"For nearly 30 years, Ronald McDonald House Toronto has provided invaluable medical services to children with serious illness and disabilities by surrounding them with the comforts of home and family,'' said Minister Flaherty. "I am so proud that our government is helping to expand this facility, and support even more families for years to come."

"When we imagine the strains on a family facing serious health problems, we are grateful that Ronald McDonald House is there to answer the call with love. Today's investment allows that circle of love to expand," said MPP Smitherman.

"Ronald McDonald House Toronto is a place for families to heal better, together," says Executive Director Jane Marco. "We are so grateful to the Government of Canada and to the Government of Ontario for helping us build a larger House, so we can provide many more families with not just a place to stay, but a supportive and compassionate environment while they engage in the fight of their lives."

The project will build a brand new House, in close proximity to local hospitals, in order to serve 80 families and their children in need. The new house will include 65 family bedrooms, 15 two-bedroom suites and other program spaces. By building the new house, Toronto's Ronald McDonald House will be able to provide an additional 18,980 family nights of comfort each year to families who suddenly find themselves in need of a helping hand. Construction will begin in early 2010, with an expected completion in 2011.

The Governments of Canada and Ontario and Toronto's Ronald McDonald House are each investing approximately 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. In March 2008, the Government of Ontario announced a one-time capital grant of $9 million to support the construction of a new Toronto Ronald McDonald House.

To date, the Government of Canada and Ontario have announced close to $11 billion in joint funding for more than 2,600 infrastructure projects across the province to stimulate the economy and create jobs.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    James Kusie
    Director of Issues Management