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  • February 26, 2017

Ontario Keeping Children’s Centres Safe and Accessible

Province Investing $16 Million for Repairs and Upgrades at Community Agencies

Ontario is investing $16 million in more than 550 facility upgrades and repair projects at more

than 140 community agencies across the province to help them better serve Ontario’s children,

youth and families.


Minister of Children and Youth Services Michael Coteau was at the Massey Centre in Toronto

today to announce that the centre is receiving $897,200 to support 23 projects as part of the

investment through Ontario’s Partner Facility Renewal program. This funding will help the

Massey Centre complete these needed upgrades and continue to provide excellent client-

centred infant and early childhood mental health services in the community.

These investments will help children’s treatment centres, children’s aid societies and youth

centres across Ontario to repair and maintain their facilities and offer more secure and

accessible services.


Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history —

about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the

province, with projects such as hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the

province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods

moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure

projects in your community, go to



“Ontario’s children’s treatment centres, children’s aid societies and youth centres support

families by delivering essential services to our next generation. Investing in repairs, renovations

and upgrades, and ensuring they are in good working order helps those who work at these vital

agencies focus on what they do best: helping young people thrive in our communities.”

— Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services


“Children, youth and families rely on the services that these agencies provide. This investment

means that agencies can keep their facilities in good condition and keep their focus where it is

most needed.”

— Harinder Malhi, MPP, Brampton Springdale



 Approved projects include: upgrading accessible washrooms, replacing windows, repairing

roofs, replacing furnaces, expanding program space, and installing carbon monoxide alarms

and fire alarms.

 Last year, hundreds of community agencies received more than $20 million toward

upgrades and repairs.

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