Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

December 17, 2009 14:30 ET

Canada and Ontario Partner to Deliver Wabano Cultural and Community Centre in Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2009) - Canada and Ontario today announced an investment in partnership with the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health that will create a new cultural and community space for Aboriginals in the Ottawa area. This $4.7 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.

The project will provide a common meeting space for the neighbourhood and Aboriginal communities, training and workshops, outreach and after-school programs, and crisis intervention initiatives.

Ministers Baird and Meilleur were pleased to be joined by Ottawa Police Chief Vern White, who has previously expressed support for this project.

"I am proud to be here today to announce funding for a project that will get shovels in the ground, create jobs, and enable this organization to enhance services for Ottawa's Aboriginal community for years to come," said Minister Baird. "Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, our Government has announced an historic number of projects to help strengthen our communities, and the results of the Plan can be seen right here in Ottawa."

"This investment in the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is another example of the McGuinty government's commitment to strengthening the not-for-profit sector here in Ottawa," said Madeleine Meilleur, MPP for Ottawa-Vanier. "The Wabano Centre is an important part of our community and the services provided there are critical to ensuring that people lead healthy lives and have access to the supports they need. This investment will not only help deliver valued community services, create jobs, and stimulate our local economy, but it will also improve the quality of life for residents in Ottawa and contribute to the rejuvenation of Montreal Road, making Ottawa-Vanier an even better place to live."

"We wish to acknowledge the generosity and foresight of both governments for providing the possibility to create a strong community, to establish a powerfully expressive space that will embody the heart, identity and dignity of Aboriginal peoples. In this moment, the challenge in our cities is to embrace Aboriginal people as true partners and this investment in creating a strong institution, creates the possibility for a strong future," said Allison Fisher, Executive Director, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.

"The health of our community depends on the support from government to be successful. The personal support that we have seen from individual leadership such as the Honourables John Baird and Madeleine Meilleur show how we as individuals can impact positively the community as well. Their support is truly appreciated and greatly welcomed," said Police Chief White.

The Governments of Canada and Ontario and the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health 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 the Honourable Madeleine Meilleur
    Minister of Community and Social Services
    and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs
    Kevin Cooke, Press Secretary
    Infrastructure Canada