THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is helping agencies in Atikokan, Thunder Bay, and Marathon provide improved services for individuals with developmental disabilities and families struggling with domestic abuse by supporting local repairs, renovations and upgrades.
“Every investment we make in Thunder Bay-Atikokan’s social service agencies is an investment in the people and families of Thunder Bay and Atikokan. Making these investments will strengthen our communities — and economy,” enthused Bill Mauro, the MPP for Thunder Bay Atikokan.
These community service agencies help people with developmental disabilities lead active, fulfilling lives. They also give shelter and support to parents and children struggling with domestic abuse. Ontario is investing $68,000 in 4 community agencies throughout Atikokan, Thunder Bay, and Marathon to help improve accessibility and security, or meet necessary building code and health and safety requirements.
“I am delighted that the Ontario Government is assisting local non-profit social service agencies by providing the necessary funds they need to repair and upgrade accessibility to their facilities. These capital projects will help our community by improving services these organizations provide and by creating jobs in the process,” stated Michael Gravelle the MPP for Thunder Bay Superior North, and Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry.
Atikokan, Thunder Bay, and Marathon agencies sharing in the funding include:
- Atikokan & District Association for Development Services to construct an outside fire escape for upstairs apartment and to repair a broken sewer line
- Atikokan Crisis Centre to repair stairs in the building and security install on windows
- Marathon Marjorie House to re-pave the driveway
- Thunder Bay OPTIONS Northwest Personal Support Services to repair water system holding tanks and the roof
Today’s announcement is part of a broader $6-million investment to keep community facilities in good repair, improve accessibility and services for those in need. These investments also support the province’s Open Ontario Plan to create new opportunities for jobs and growth across the province.