$16 million for repairs, upgrades at community agencies

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The Massey Centre, Toronto

The province will be 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 on Thursday to announce that the centre will be given $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.

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Coteau said: “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.”

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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