Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

January 17, 2010 16:15 ET

Canada and Ontario Partner to Deliver Cancer Survivorship Centre

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 17, 2010) - Canada and Ontario today announced an investment in partnership with the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation for the new 'Wellspring Ottawa: Cancer Survivorship Centre.' This $1.7 million 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 Madeleine Meilleur, Ontario's Minister of Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs and the Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier.

Ministers Baird and Meilleur were pleased to be joined by Linda Eagen, President and CEO of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, and Guy Legault, Chair of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Board, for this announcement.

"Learning that you, personally, or someone you care about has been diagnosed with cancer is a very emotionally traumatic event," said Minister Baird. "I'm proud that this centre, which will provide additional support to cancer patients and their families, will soon be a reality here in Ottawa."

"The McGuinty government is proud to make an investment of $850,000 in the Cancer Survivorship Centre. The funding for this centre will go a long way in helping cancer patients and their families receive the emotional and psychological support they need," said Minister Meilleur.

"This project has been a labour of love for so many dedicated volunteers and community leaders. Today's announcement is a reflection of the spirit of partnership that is a core value of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation," said Linda Eagen, President and CEO of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

"Wellspring Ottawa is a service that our community absolutely needs. We are delighted that all levels of government are coming together to support the project with the infrastructure funding," said Guy Legault, Chair, Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Board.

Close to the Ottawa Hospital (General Campus) and backing on to the Cancer Survivors Park, this project, when complete, will resemble a house that will provide additional free-of-charge resources to cancer patients through support programs. Support program topics will include counselling, educational resources, and training for cancer patients, and will be used to complement medical treatments.

The Governments of Canada and Ontario and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation are each investing one-third of the total project cost. Canada's funding is part of its national Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, under Canada's Economic Action Plan. 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.

Disponible en francais

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    James Kusie
    Director of Issues Management
    613-991-0700
    or
    Office of the Honourable Madeleine Meilleur
    Minister of Community and Social Services and Minister
    Responsible for Francophone Affairs
    Kevin Cooke
    Press Secretary
    416-325-5219
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148