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Local agencies getting $4.7M to deliver 'critical' front-line services: MPP

Province providing $310 million over three years to address increasing operational costs for community organizations that support vulnerable populations
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The Ontario government is increasing support to community agencies so they can continue to deliver vital front-line services to individuals and families across the province.

“Our local agencies make our communities stronger, more resilient and inclusive. They work hard to provide people with access to the right resources and services they need to succeed and thrive,” said Jill Dunlop, MPP Simcoe North. “By strengthening support to community agencies in Simcoe County, we are helping them deliver critical services to people in need.”

As part of the 2024 Budget: Building a Better Ontario, the Ontario government is providing $310 million over three years to address increasing operational costs for community organizations that support vulnerable populations. This includes children in care and those with special needs, people with a developmental disability, people who have experienced genderā€based violence and survivors of human trafficking.

“Community agencies provide many front-line services to vulnerable Ontarians,” said Michael Parsa, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. “Our government is pleased to invest in hundreds of agencies across the province so they can continue supporting those who need it most in their communities.”

In Simcoe County, the following agencies will receive a total of $4,764,952.76;

  • Community Living Association for South Simcoe
  • Empower Simcoe
  • Catulpa Community Support Services Inc.
  • CLH Developmental Support Services
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County Branch
  • Colibri Centre des Femmes Francophones du comte de Simcoe
  • Elizabeth Fry Society Simcoe County
  • New Path Youth & Family Counselling Services of Simcoe County
  • North Simcoe Victim Crisis Services
  • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
  • The John Howard Society of Simcoe and Muskoka
  • Victim Services of Simcoe County
  • YMCA Of Simcoe/ Muskoka
  • Huronia Transition Homes
  • Camphill Communities Ontario
  • Collingwood Crisis Centre
  • E3 Community Services Inc.
  • Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre Inc.
  • Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital
  • People In Transition (Alliston) Inc.
  • Women & Children's Shelter of Barrie
  • Community Living Georgina
  • Green Haven Shelter for Women


  • Community agencies deliver vital programs related to anti-human trafficking, autism, child welfare, developmental services, child development, Indigenous wellness, interpreter and intervenor services, violence against women and youth justice services.
  • Developmental services agencies provide vital community-based services and supportive living supports to help adults with a developmental disability fully participate in their communities and live more independently.
  • Children’s treatment centres and rehabilitation service agencies provide early intervention and specialized services, such as clinical assessments, speech language pathology, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, to improve outcomes for children and youth with special needs and their families.
  • +-Ontario offers a range of services and supports to people experiencing or at risk of gender-based violence through community agencies and providers, such as emergency shelters, counselling, 24-hour crisis lines, transitional and housing supports and specialized anti-human trafficking services.