Grey Bruce - The Fountain Pen

Community Building Receive Grant For Repairs

Web posted on July 12, 2017

Ontario is investing in repairs, renovations, upgrades and fire safety improvements at more than 170 community agencies across the province to provide more secure and accessible facilities for people who use their services. An amendment to the Fire Code that took effect on January 1, 2014 introduced new retrofit requirements requiring facility modifications.

Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services was at Women's House Serving Bruce & Grey in Kincardine to announce that it will be receiving funding to make critical repairs to the foundation.

Eight community service agencies in the counties of Huron, Grey and Bruce will receive almost $700,000 as part of the Partner Facility Renewal Program. Women's House Serving Bruce & Grey in Kincardine will receive $125,000.

Some of the local agencies that will also receive funding include:

  • Chippewas of Nawash in Neyaashiinigmiing: $32,300 to replace the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system

  • Community Living Hanover & Area HARC Inc: $46,200 to install a sprinkler system

  • Participation Lodge Grey Bruce in Holland Centre: $393,400 to replace brickwork, door frames, doors, the electrical transfer switch and septic system, and repair waterproofing, parking lot and driveway

Partner Facility Renewal (PFR) minor capital funding is provided annually to help community and developmental service agencies repair, renovate or upgrade their facilities. Agencies receiving this funding include; agencies who provide supports and services to women and children who have experienced domestic violence, those who provide supports and services to developmentally disabled adults as well as agencies who provide supports and services to Indigenous people delivered through the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy.

This investment is part of Ontario's Partner Facility Renewal (PFR) program, which helps local agencies repair and renovate their facilities to better serve people in the community. This support is also helping agencies ensure that their buildings meet improvements to Ontario's Fire Code, in order to keep residents safe.

"We applaud the provincial government for investing in necessary repairs to our facility. This support helps ensure that we can focus on the work we do best - serving the needs of women and their children who are fleeing violence." Lisa Owen, Interim Executive Director, Women's House Serving Bruce and Grey.

Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province's history. To learn more about what's happening in your community, go to

Ontario is the first province to make sprinklers mandatory in residential occupancy facilities servicing clients with cognitive and physical limitations and are incapable of evacuating the occupancy without assistance.

Investing in community agencies that help those most in need is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.