Ontario Government Investing in Peterborough Community Organizations

Published on February 14, 2020

PETERBOROUGH, ON — Ontario is helping community agencies in Peterborough repair and renovate vital community buildings so they can continue providing important services to children and families. Today, David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland-Peterborough South, and Dave Smith, MPP for Peterborough-Kawartha, visited Alternatives Community Program Services to meet with staff and tour their facilities.
Partner Facility Renewal program funding is provided annually to help children’s and social services agencies repair, renovate or upgrade their facilities. The province is investing approximately $250,000 in various agencies across Peterborough. This year, the Alternatives Community Program Services received $38,400 to help upgrade their facilities.
“Community organizations in rural areas play a key role in strengthening our rural communities by delivering essential services to Ontarians who need specialized care and assistance,” said MPP Piccini. “These investments help agencies maintain their buildings so they can provide better services and supports for people with developmental disabilities, women and children experiencing domestic violence, Indigenous people and children with mental health needs.”
Through the annual Partner Facility Renewal program, the government is investing a total of $11.5 million in capital funding in more than 380 projects that will help with upgrades and repairs of more than 120 community agencies across Ontario. Of the $11.5 million, $1.7 million is designated to support rural violence against women agencies.
“Our local agencies and frontline staff work hard every day to help Ontario’s most vulnerable communities,” said MPP Smith. “When community agencies are able to make necessary repairs to their buildings, they can better focus on the people they serve. These important investments provide safe working conditions for the staff and those who receive essential services in Peterborough.”
“Support like this is crucial to Alternatives,” said Vikki Etchells, Executive Director at Alternatives Community Program Services. “We are so grateful to have received this provincial support enabling us to completely renovate our accessible kitchen where we can teach people of all abilities to maneuver through kitchen appliances and personal recipes. People gain skills to be more independent while reducing their social isolation and loneliness."
 Ontario’s emergency women’s shelters serve more than 17,000 women and children yearly.
 There are more than 70,000 adults with a developmental disability in Ontario and about
18,000 receive residential supports in communities across the province.
 In 2017-18, almost 109,000 families across Ontario were served by 49 children’s aid
societies, including 11 Indigenous societies and three faith-based societies.