Kitchener, Ontario, May 14, 2018 — The Government of Canada is committed to making investments that will help create jobs and grow the middle class now, while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future.
Today, Raj Saini, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre visited Ray of Hope, which is one of 12 infrastructure projects in Kitchener Centre that have received federal funding as part of the Government’s long-term plan to invest in Canadian communities.
Once complete, this project at Ray of Hope will improve accessibility through the construction and installation of a new ramp and accessible front door. During MP Saini’s visit, CEO Harry Whyte highlighted that this funding will provide greater accessibility to services for members of our community.
The federal government contributed $26,405 to this project under the Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF). Since 2015, our government has invested over $40 Million to our Region in transit infrastructure. In addition, Kitchener Centre has received more than $2.8 Million in infrastructure funding for projects ranging from improving our storm water and wastewater pipes, to refurbishing cultural spaces and making organizations more accessible and environmentally friendly.
As part of our plan to invest in people and improve the lives of Canadians, our Government will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
“I was happy to visit Ray of Hope and learn first-hand how this funding from the Enabling Accessibility Fund will improve access to programs and services thanks to this new accessible entrance. By investing in infrastructure that supports healthy lifestyles, promotes inclusion, and provides increased opportunities for residents, our government is helping to ensure our Region remains a great place to call home.”Raj Saini, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre
“EAF Community Accessibility funds will enable Ray of Hope to complete a concrete ramp with railing and an automatic door opener at the lower level entrance of its Community Centre. The Community Centre serves the disadvantage/marginalized community in Kitchener Waterloo with the assistance of staff and volunteers. The completion of this exterior ramp and door into the building will enable our guests, volunteers and staff with mobility issues to safely enter the building with dignity, to enjoy the programs offered.”Debbie Woodhall, Chief Financial Officer, Ray of Hope
- As part of its plan to invest in people and improve the lives of Canadians, the Government will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities’ infrastructure.
- The Governments of Canada and Ontario signed an agreement on March 14, 2018 that will see the federal government invest over $11.8 billion in public transit, green infrastructure, community, culture and recreation infrastructure and dedicated funding for small communities.
Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ infrastructure plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
*New* – Investing in Canada plan project map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html
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Office of Raj Saini
Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre
209 Frederick Street, Suite 202
Kitchener, ON N2H 2M7
Chief Executive Officer
Ray of Hope
230-659 King St. East
Kitchener, ON N2G 2M4