Ontario Investing $520,000 in Waterloo Region Community Organizations

Published on March 02, 2020

February 19 2020

Waterloo — Ontario is helping agencies in Waterloo Region repair and renovate vital community buildings.

Last Thursday, MPP Mike Harris, MPP Amy Fee, and MPP Belinda Karahalios visited Monica’s House to announce $520,000 for local agencies to help maintain buildings and improve working conditions for frontline staff so they can focus on providing supports to those they serve.

“I am excited to share this funding announcement with the hard-working staff at Monica House,” said MPP Mike Harris. “This organization and others receiving this crucial investment should be given every opportunity to continue their amazing work for the most vulnerable in our community.”

This investment will assist agencies that support people with developmental disabilities, women and children experiencing domestic violence, Indigenous people, and children with mental health needs. This includes Monica’s House, which will receive $118,400 for required renovations and repairs to their facility in Waterloo.

“This funding is so important for our agency. It quite literally provides a new roof over our heads, an accessible washroom for moms and their babies and replaces old carpets with new clean laminate flooring, said Monica House Executive Director Jennifer Breaton. “This isn’t just an investment in infrastructure, it is an investment in our families’ futures.”

KW Habilitation is receiving $63,800 in funding to upgrade facilities in Waterloo and Kitchener.

“Partner facility renewal is essential to ensure safe living environments for people supported at KW Habilitation,” said KW Habilitation Executive Director Ann Bilodeau. “This funding support is greatly appreciated and will go towards much needed repairs and maintenance at several homes through Kitchener and Waterloo.”

Through the annual Partner Facility Renewal program, the government is investing a total of $11.5 million in more than 350 projects that will upgrade and repair community agencies across Ontario.

“I’m proud that our government continues to support important services people rely on,” said Minister Smith. “When community agencies are able to make necessary repairs to their buildings, they can better focus on the people they serve.”

Local agencies receiving funding:

Monica House $118,400
KW Habilitation Services $63,800
Community Living Guelph Wellington $24,800
Parents for Community Living KW $102,900
Christian Horizons $37,400
Deafblind Ontario Services $177,900

Quick Facts

  • 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.

Media Contact

  • Matthew Stubbings, Office of MPP Mike Harris, 519-669-2090