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  • July 18, 2017

Ontario Supporting Upgrades and Repairs at Yellow Brick House

Improving Safety and Accessibility For Ontario’s Most Vulnerable People

MPP Michael Chan is pleased to announce that Ontario is investing $411,700 in repairs, renovations and upgrades at the Yellow Brick House Markham Emergency Shelter to provide better, more secure and accessible facilities for the people who use their services.

These investments will help fund numerous projects in the facility including security, safety, electrical, flooring, fencing and kitchen repairs and renovations.

“Yellow Brick House is an outstanding organization that provides critical services to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.  I am so proud of our government’s investments that will help ensure they are able to continue their good work in providing abused women and children with a safe, accessible place to go when they are most in need and empowering them to rebuild their lives.”
— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

As part of Ontario’s Partner Facility Renewal program, these investments will help agencies with needed repairs and renovations so that they can better serve people in the community.

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

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


“The Government’s investment in our infrastructure enables Yellow Brick House staff to continue providing critical, life-saving services to abused women and children in our community.  By providing them with accessible and safe emergency shelter beds, the women and their children can start their journey of healing from abuse, violence and terror experienced in their lives.  Strong communities start with strong individuals and healthy families.”
— Lorris Herenda, Executive Director, Yellow Brick House

“Community and developmental service agencies play an invaluable role in providing critical services to many people across Ontario. By investing in repairs, renovations and upgrades, we are ensuring that individuals that require services at these vital agencies have access to improved facilities and that staff who work tirelessly assisting those who require supports can focus on what they do best: helping people in our communities.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services


  • Partner Facility Renewal minor capital funding is provided annually to help social service agencies repair, renovate or upgrade their facilities. Agencies receiving this funding include developmental services, community services and Violence Against Women agencies.
  • In 2017/18, under the Partner Facility Renewal program, Ontario is investing approximately $16 million in more than 150 community service agencies for approximately 850 projects across Ontario.
  • There are approximately 65,000 adults with a developmental disability in Ontario. Approximately 18,000 people with a developmental disability receive residential supports in the community, while another 15,000 receive direct funding for services and supports.
  • Last year in Ontario, more than 10,000 women and over 6,900 of their children were served by an emergency Violence Against Women shelter.

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