Government of Canada and Ontario announce funding for violence against women's shelters across the province

HUNTSVILLE, ON, May 25, 2017 — The governments of Canada and Ontario today announced funding for repairs and upgrades to violence against women’s shelters throughout the province. Fifty-eight women’s shelters across Ontario will receive more than $4.1 million in capital upgrades.

The announcement was made today at Chrysalis, operated by Muskoka Women’s Advocacy Group, which received $22,600 to increase outdoor security, install electrical and access buttons on doors, and upgrade lighting system.

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), along with the Honorable Dr. Helena Jaczek, Ontario’s Minister of Community and Social Services, made the announcement.

Quick facts:

  • Today’s funding announcement will help ensure violence against women’s shelter sites are safer, more secure and accessible
  • These capital repairs and upgrades will help agencies extend the life of their facilities
  • Upgrades to be completed as part of this announcement include installing security equipment, improving facility accessibility, making energy efficiency upgrades to save on energy costs, among many other initiatives

Quote:

“Our Government is providing Canadians not only with safe, affordable housing, but is also working hard to strengthen our communities. These new investments are another example of our Government’s commitment toward ensuring that survivors of domestic violence are able to enjoy a safe and stable environment.”
— Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

“For women who have experienced violence, a shelter is often the first step to rebuilding their lives. This funding allows Chrysalis to make critical investments so that women and their children who are fleeing domestic violence will have access to a safer, more secure, accessible shelter that is dedicated to helping them begin rebuilding their lives.”
— Hon. Dr. Helena Jaczek, Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services

“Chrysalis shelter is grateful to the Federal and Provincial Government for providing us with funding to extend our fenced yard, install some light fixtures and accessible door buttons. Improving our safety and accessibility means decreasing barriers for women and their children leaving violence.”
— Rachelle Walker, Executive Director, Muskoka Women’s Advocacy Group

Associated links:

  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been helping Canadians meet their housing needs for more than 70 years. As Canada’s authority on housing, CMHC contributes to the stability of the housing market and financial system, provides support for Canadians in housing need, and offers unbiased housing research and advice to Canadian governments, consumers and the housing industry. Prudent risk management, strong corporate governance and transparency are cornerstones of CMHC’s operations. For more information, please call 1-800-668-2642.
  • Investing in safer, more secure, accessible Violence Against Women shelters  is a part of the Ontario government's vision to ensure that everyone in the province can live in safety, free from the threat, fear or experience of exploitation and violence, and supports its goal of ending violence against women and, and also supports the government's It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment.

Stay connected:

Media contacts:

Émilie Gauduchon
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Duclos
819-654-5546
Emilie.Gauduchon@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Lyndsay Miller
Senior Communications Advisor & Issues Manager
Office of Minister Jaczek
416-325-5572
Lyndsay.Miller@ontario.ca

Wilbur McLean
Public Affairs
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
416-218-3331
wmclean@cmhc-schl.gc.ca

Takiyah Tannis
Communications
Ministry of Community and Social Services
416-325-0216
Takiyah.Tannis@ontario.ca

Backgrounder

Improving women's emergency shelters in Ontario — Organizations and projects being funded

Agency Name Region Project Description Approved Funding
Ajax Pickering Women's Centre East Replace Intercom $7,500
Ajax Pickering Women's Centre East Install security cameras $2,300
Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services Inc. West Replace doors/frames to accessible bedroom $2,000
Bethesda - House of Mercy East Repair security system $3,000
Bethesda - House of Mercy East Install security camera $1,200
Bethesda - House of Mercy East Install accessible door opener $2,500
Centre Passerelle pour femmes du nord de l'Ontario North Add asphalt by the entrance to make it accessible $21,800
Centre Passerelle pour femmes du nord de l'Ontario North Install a ramp and pave to make the rear emergency exit accessible $13,900
Chatham Kent Women's Centre Inc. West Replace glass break devices $1,200
Collingwood Crisis Centre Central Install security cameras $2,400
Collingwood Crisis Centre Central Install covered walkway for accessible emergency exit $10,700
Collingwood Crisis Centre Central Wheelchair ramp remediation $3,800
Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre East Upgrade security system $5,500
Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre East Reconfigure lounge area for program use $12,100
Crisis Centre North Bay North Install security system $4,400
Crisis Centre North Bay North Re-configure space, upgrade accessible suite/washroom, renovate basement, sound proof offices $194,400
Crisis Homes Inc. North Upgrade security system $1,800
Crisis Homes Inc. North Improve accessibility of parking area/add 16 spaces $55,000
Crisis Homes Inc. North Renovate office for accessibility/privacy $26,600
Crisis Homes Inc. North Grading of paving stones in driveway for accessibility $5,000
Crisis Homes Inc. North Redesign bedrooms and bathroom entrances for increased privacy $110,000
District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board North Install security camera $2,700
District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board North Install a door strike and release button $2,300
District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board North Install video intercom system $1,800
District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board North Install magnetic door holders connected to smoke alarms $1,300
District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board North Install shower stall to improve bathroom accessibility $6,700
District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board North Replace deteriorating boards and supports for outdoor ramp $2,300
Domestic Abuse Services Oxford West Replace yard fencing $10,000
Domestic Abuse Services Oxford West Rebuild front entry $79,000
Dr. Roz's Healing Place Toronto Install motion sensor light systems $4,800
Elliot Lake Women's Group Inc. North Install reprogrammable security locks on doors $2,600
Elliot Lake Women's Group Inc. North Repair damaged drywall on ceilings of basement $4,700
Ernestine's Women's Shelter Toronto Retrofit indoor and outdoor lighting system $23,300
Ernestine's Women's Shelter Toronto Install security cameras $10,800
Family Transition Place Central Upgrade kitchen to a commercial model and add an office $52,200
First Step Women's Shelter North Upgrade security system $13,800
First Step Women's Shelter North Upgrade exterior site lighting system $4,900
Ganohkwasra Family Assault Support Services West Replace security system $17,400
Good Shepherd Centre Hamilton West Renovate basement into usable space $183,700
Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis Central Upgrade security system $10,000
Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis Central Re-key/install locks on doors $7,500
Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis Central Renovate basement meeting rooms $27,000
Halton Women's Place Central Install security camera $2,600
Halton Women's Place Central Widen the bathroom door for accessibility $1,500
Halton Women's Place Central Reconfigure intake office $5,300
Homeward Family Shelter (AKA Julliette's Place) Toronto Replace/upgrade the security system $41,200
Homeward Family Shelter (AKA Julliette's Place) Toronto Install security filming for windows and replace cracked glass of entrance $29,000
Homeward Family Shelter (AKA Julliette's Place) Toronto Replace/modify locks $4,400
Interim Place Central Install intercom system in bedrooms $36,200
Interim Place Central Install intercom system in bedrooms $36,200
Interim Place Central Install security cameras $7,000
Interim Place Central Install security cameras $4,300
Interim Place Central Install exterior fire exit door with automatic closure $4,200
Interval House Toronto Kitchen rebuild $372,100
Interval House of Hamilton West Replace all electrical outlets with childproof outlets $1,000
Interval House of Hamilton West Replace door locks throughout the shelter $33,500
Kingston Interval House East Create a "Youth" space/room $6,300
Lanark County Interval House East Replace security cameras $16,300
Lanark County Interval House East Upgrade lighting system with motion sensors $6,000
Lanark County Interval House East Upgrade intercom system $3,100
Lanark County Interval House East Replace key pad access systems $3,000
Lanark County Interval House East Replace smoke/ carbon monoxide alarms to add visual alarms $2,400
Lanark County Interval House East Convert main floor space to accessible bedroom and washroom $47,500
Lanark County Interval House East Modify one-bedroom unit bathroom for a second accessible bathroom $12,000
Lanark County Interval House East Install walls, partial walls and windows to optimise space and improve privacy $12,200
Maison Baldwin House East Upgrade security system $3,000
Maison Baldwin House East Upgrade emergency lighting systems $2,000
Maison Baldwin House East Upgrade exit lighting systems $2,000
Maison d'hébergement pour femmes francophones - La Maison Toronto Install security cameras $25,000
Maison d'hébergement pour femmes francophones - La Maison Toronto Reconfigure space to make a room/bathroom accessible $40,000
Maison d'hébergement pour femmes francophones - La Maison Toronto Renovate basement to optimize space $20,400
Maison d'hébergement pour femmes francophones - La Maison Toronto Reconfigure ground floor to create a computer room and playroom $15,800
Manitoulin Family Resources Inc. North Install a controlled entry lever pushbutton lock on door system $900
Manitoulin Family Resources Inc. North Install a controlled entry lever pushbutton lock on door system $800
Manitoulin Family Resources Inc. North Add storage units to house traditional medicines $6,800
Manitoulin Family Resources Inc. North Reconfigure boardroom to allow for group client sessions/cultural ceremonies/wrap around services $6,100
Marjorie House North Install security system $7,000
Marjorie House North Replace existing smoke/fire detectors to include hearing/visual impairment accommodation $1,200
Muskoka Women's Advocacy Group North Extend fenced-in area in backyard $4,700
Muskoka Women's Advocacy Group North Install access buttons on doors $10,500
Muskoka Women's Advocacy Group North Upgrade lighting system $5,900
Muskoka Women's Advocacy Group North Rough in for electrical for access buttons $1,500
New Starts for Women Inc North Upgrade security system $10,000
New Starts for Women Inc North Replace overhead garage door $8,000
Nipissing First Nation - Ojibway Women's Lodge North Install emergency generator $15,300
Nova Vita Women's Shelter Incorporated West Add additional parking space $75,000
Nova Vita Women's Shelter Incorporated West Install security cameras $5,000
Nova Vita Women's Shelter Incorporated West Install accessible ramp at entrance $29,700
Nova Vita Women's Shelter Incorporated West Expand community counselling program area $233,900
Nova Vita Women's Shelter Incorporated West Replace existing wall with folding wall in group room/boardroom $18,800
Pavilion Women's Centre North Upgrade security equipment $31,100
Pavilion Women's Centre North Install security cameras $14,700
Project Hostel (Yellow Brick House) Central Replace fire alarm system to accommodate voice communication $57,200
Project Hostel (Yellow Brick House) Central Install lock keypads on bedroom doors $13,000
Project Hostel (Yellow Brick House) Central Replace security system $9,200
Project Hostel (Yellow Brick House) Central Install safety mirrors for visibility $5,500
Project Hostel (Yellow Brick House) Central Create 2nd accessible emergency exit $30,500
Rainy River District Women's Shelter of Hope North Install three new security doors with strikers $8,900
Rainy River District Women's Shelter of Hope North Reconfigure the porch $23,800
Services de Counselling Hearst-Kapuskasing-Smooth Rock Falls Counselling Services North Replace the front door $6,300
Services de Counselling Hearst-Kapuskasing-Smooth Rock Falls Counselling Services North Add walls to the main entrance to increase client privacy $4,900
Services de Counselling Hearst-Kapuskasing-Smooth Rock Falls Counselling Services North Upgrade security system $3,700
Services de Counselling Hearst-Kapuskasing-Smooth Rock Falls Counselling Services North Install an accessible ramp $9,000
Services de Counselling Hearst-Kapuskasing-Smooth Rock Falls Counselling Services North Repair garage entrance to ensure accessibility $5,700
Services de Counselling Hearst-Kapuskasing-Smooth Rock Falls Counselling Services North Renovate basement bathroom and create a document storage room $11,300
Services de Counselling Hearst-Kapuskasing-Smooth Rock Falls Counselling Services North Modify a basement room to create an office $27,200
Services de Counselling Hearst-Kapuskasing-Smooth Rock Falls Counselling Services North Renovate basement offices $20,800
The Redwood Shelter Toronto Construct a platform for client laundry machines $5,500
The Redwood Shelter Toronto Install security cameras and door control system $19,000
The Redwood Shelter Toronto Modify space to create a new bedroom, a community art room, an expanded program centre and a computer hub $170,600
The Salvation Army Honeychurch Family Life Resource Centre Central Upgrade security system $17,400
The Salvation Army Honeychurch Family Life Resource Centre Central Replace deterioting sidewalk and accessibility ramp $10,300
The Women's Centre (Grey & Bruce) Inc. West Install a sprinkler system $44,400
The Women's Centre (Grey & Bruce) Inc. West Replace aging fence $32,100
The Women's Centre (Grey & Bruce) Inc. West Replace a door with double secure entry with steel doors $16,400
The Women's Centre (Grey & Bruce) Inc. West Install door access system $5,600
The Women's Centre (Grey & Bruce) Inc. West Install concrete sidewalk from fire escape to gate $5,500
The Women's Centre (Grey & Bruce) Inc. West Install a new camera/monitor $1,600
The Women's Centre (Grey & Bruce) Inc. West Install smoke alarms with strobes $700
Women In Crisis (Algoma) Inc. North Update interior and exterior fire doors to be fully accessible $24,000
Women In Crisis (Algoma) Inc. North Update and install new steel entry door system to improve accessibility $3,600
Women's House Serving Bruce & Grey West Install locks on accessible bedroom $700
Women's Interval Home of Sarnia-Lambton Inc. West Replace lighting for visibility and safety purposes $6,000
Women's Interval Home of Sarnia-Lambton Inc. West Reconfigure ramp from accessible parking space to facilitate building access $3,500
Women's Interval Home of Sarnia-Lambton Inc. West Install grab bars in washrooms $1,000
Women's Interval Home of Sarnia-Lambton Inc. West Install automatic push buttons on doors $1,000
Women's Place of South Niagara Inc. West Replace driveway asphalt $38,600
Women's Place of St. Catharines and District Inc. (AKA Gillian's Place) West Renovate unused utility entrance to use for receiving/delivery $41,300
Women's Place of St. Catharines and District Inc. (AKA Gillian's Place) West Replace security system $35,800
Women's Resources of Kawartha Lakes East Install an elevator $40,000
Women's Resources of Kawartha Lakes East Add extension to accommodate hub and add shelter bedroom $520,000
Women's Rural Resource Centre of Strathroy & Area West Replace security system $28,100
Women's Shelter of York Region Inc. (Sandgate) Central Upgrade security system $13,000
Women's Shelter of York region Inc. (Sandgate)

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