Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

December 21, 2009 13:25 ET

Canada and Ontario Partner with London Organizations to Make Important Renovations

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2009) - Canada and Ontario today announced infrastructure funding that will help to create jobs and support infrastructure upgrades for six not-for-profit organizations in the London area. The event was held at Goodwill Industries, which Canada and Ontario are partnering with to build a new 90,000 square foot Goodwill Social Enterprise Abilities Centre.

To make the announcement, John Baird, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, and Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Member of Provincial Parliament for London North Centre, were joined by representatives from the six not-for-profit organizations, as well as, Members of Parliament Ed Holder and Joe Preston and Members of Provincial Parliament Chris Bentley and Khalil Ramal.

The other five other organizations to receive funding from Canada and Ontario are: the South-Western Ontario Children's Care Inc., Hutton House Association, the Grand Theatre, the Ontario Society for Crippled Children (Operating as Easter Seals Ontario), and Youth Opportunities Unlimited.

"Today, I am proud to jointly announce funding for a project that will get shovels in the ground, jobs created, and enable this organization to enhance its services 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, including these projects here in London."

"Today's investment is yet again another demonstration of the McGuinty Government's commitment to strengthening our communities' not-for-profit sector in London," said Matthews. "This investment will not only help deliver valued community services, help create jobs, and stimulate our local economy, but will also improve the quality of life for residents in London."

"We wholeheartedly applaud our government partners for helping Goodwill build a stronger foundation for putting people to work, reducing poverty and strengthening our community." said Michelle Quintyn, President and CEO, Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes.

The total investment for these six projects is more than $31 million, with the Governments of Canada and Ontario providing almost $21 million. The Governments of Canada and Ontario are each providing one-third of the total project costs, while the partners will cover the last third.

Canada's funding is part of the national $4 billion 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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BACKGROUNDER

Canada and Ontario Partner With Six Not-For-Profit Organizations in London, Ontario to Make Important Infrastructure Invesments

On December 21, 2009, the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario announced funds to help six community organizations in London, Ontario complete much needed infrastructure projects by March 31, 2011.

The federal portion of the funding is provided under the $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund to support construction-ready infrastructure projects. The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund complements existing federal infrastructure funding by focusing on short-term objectives for economic stimulus. Ontario's matching contribution is provided through the 2009 Ontario Budget - Confronting the Challenge: Building Our Economic Future.

Canada and Ontario are each investing one-third of project costs, while partner organizations are investing the remaining one-third towards their specific renovation projects.

Goodwill Industries: A total investment of $11,694,454 will go towards building the Goodwill Social Enterprise Abilities Centre, which will be a new 90,000 square foot building to provide socially disadvantaged people with access to affordable goods, skills training and employment opportunities.

South-Western Ontario Children's Care Inc.: A total investment of $7.8 million will go towards the Ronald McDonald House of South-Western Ontario Expansion project, which will increase common area space and the number of bedrooms, ensuites and play areas, in addition to renovation and safety upgrades for the existing building.

The Hutton House Association for Adults with Disabilities: A total investment of $768,750 will go towards the Hutton House Main Building Expansion project, which will rehabilitate and expand the existing facility space to include renovated training, meeting and counselling areas and improve safety standards of the current building.

The Grand Theatre: A total investment of $2,759,375 will go towards the Grand Theatre Rehabilitation project, which will renovate the existing building in order to improve the safety, efficiency, and longevity of the theatre.

The Ontario Society for Crippled Children (operating as Easter Seals Ontario): A total investment of $3,975,790 will go towards the Multi-Sport/ Activity Indoor Centre project, which will replace the existing recreation centre with safer, more accessible facilities, available all year round, for all those who live in the community.

Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU): A total investment of $4,169,872 will go towards The Cornerstone project, which is an historic property currently owned by YOU, and will be converted into temporary affordable housing and an alternative education centre for youth to be operated as a social enterprise.

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    James Kusie
    Director of Issues Management
    613-991-0700
    or
    Deb Matthews MPP
    London North Centre
    Cristina Taglione
    Constituency Assistant
    519-476-7610