Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

May 09, 2013 18:00 ET

Wabano National Centre of Excellence Ready for Business

Multi-purpose complex dedicated to Aboriginal community

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 9, 2013) - With the official opening of the new Wabano National Centre of Excellence, the National Capital Region's Aboriginal community now has a centre that is dedicated to its needs.

The new centre will be run by the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, which provides a wide range of social services, health supports, and youth programs for Ottawa's 35,000 Aboriginal people. In its 14 year history in Ottawa, Wabano has had dramatic success in creating programs that reduce local homelessness, poverty, unemployment, addiction rates and family violence among Aboriginal people. The new 25,000-square-foot expansion provides new meeting spaces for community groups, outreach and after school programs, crisis intervention initiatives, and career training and workshops while showcasing Aboriginal art and culture.

"This centre will make a huge difference in the lives of many Aboriginal people and their families," said Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orleans, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. "Our government is proud to have invested in this project that will be an invaluable resource for both the local community and for the Aboriginal community right here in the National Capital Region."

"The Ontario government is pleased to have contributed to this important centre that will bring together a wide range of services under one roof, and significantly expand opportunities for the Aboriginal community," said the Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, and Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier. "We will continue to make targeted infrastructure investments to create more vibrant communities, strong local economies and jobs."

"We are constructing an architecture for change: an environment that promotes community, a plan to stimulate growth and create a centre of excellence to ensure to ensure our youth have a equal opportunity in our city," says Allison Fisher, Executive Director of the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.

The Government of Canada contributed $1.9 million and the Ontario government contributed $2.3 million through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund towards eligible project costs for the Wabano National Centre of Excellence. In addition, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada contributed $750,000 through Commemoration, a component of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is contributing the remainder of the $16 million total project cost.

Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013 is delivering a New Building Canada Plan to build roads, bridges, subways, commuter rail, and other public infrastructure in cooperation with provinces, territories, and municipalities. Thanks to the Government of Canada's leadership and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery with more than 898,000 net new jobs created since July 2009. The New Building Canada Plan, combined with other federal infrastructure investments, will support Canada's infrastructure advantage, a key enabler of economic growth and job creation.

This investment also supports Building Together, the Government of Ontario's long-term infrastructure plan to repair, rebuild and renew the province's roads and highways, bridges, public transit, schools and postsecondary institutions, hospitals and courthouses. Since 2003, Ontario has invested approximately $75 billion in infrastructure. Building modern, efficient infrastructure has created or preserved close to 100,000 jobs each year, on average, making Ontario's economy more productive and improving quality of life, now and in the future.

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Contact Information

  • Marie-Josee Paquette, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic
    Development Agency of Canada for the Regions
    of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

    Patrick Searle
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Transportation and Minister
    of Infrastructure for Ontario

    Carlie Chase
    Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251 or toll-free 1-877-250-7154