Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

November 30, 2007 14:19 ET

HRSDC: Community Network Program Expands to Reach more Homeless People

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2007) - The Honourable Gregory Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Regional Minister for New Brunswick, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today recognized the expansion of the Community Network program, targeted to help those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Greater Moncton.

The Community Network program, delivered through the Volunteer Centre of Southeastern New Brunswick, is a dedicated information and referral service provider that offers information about addiction treatment programs, counseling, literacy and employment programs, as well as community and government services to those in need.

"The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to help who are homeless and at risk of becoming homeless," said Minister Thompson. "We are proud to support programs such as the Community Network that help vulnerable Canadians find the information and services they need to improve their lives, to become more independent and to enjoy a better quality of life."

The Government of Canada provided funding of $69,644 for this project through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. The Homelessness Partnering Strategy is providing $269.6 million over two years to help communities across Canada combat homelessness more effectively. The Strategy helps prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada by fostering and promoting partnerships between all levels of government and community organizations, with the Community Network program being an excellent example of partnership.

"At the Volunteer Centre, we are committed to building stronger communities through leadership, support and service," said Ms. Annette Vautour-MacKay, the Centre's Executive Director. "This project does just that by ensuring that the marginally disadvantaged in our communities know about and know how to access the broad range of services and supports that are available to them."

For more information on the federal government's Homelessness Partnering Strategy, visit

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Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Volunteer Centre of Southeastern New Brunswick
    Ms. Annette Vautour-MacKay
    Executive Director