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Making the shelter safer and warmer

$39,400 Ontario150 Capital grant for the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie 
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On Friday, local MPP Ann Hoggarth was at the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie to congratulate everyone on receiving a $39,400 Ontario150 Community Capital Program grant. 

As well as 2017 being Ontario’s 150th anniversary, the Shelter is also celebrating 26 years of serving the community through its current shelter location. Funds from the Ontario150 grant, which is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, will be used to purchase new fire detection equipment and replace windows, making the building safer and more energy efficient.

“Every year, over 30,000 women and children in Ontario take refuge in shelters, which not only provide them with a safe bed, but also do the vital work of educating the public about how to recognize an abusive relationship, and how to help a friend or family member escape from those situations. This grant will help upgrade the Shelter’s infrastructure, so that they can continue to provide important services in a safe and modern space.” – Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie

“Our community is fortunate to have a secure building that supports women and children affected by violence. Unfortunately as our shelter site ages and becomes worn, we face continual repair and maintenance needs. Most recently, our fire panel and windows need to be upgraded for the continued safety of our clients, staff and volunteers.” Teresa MacLennan

About the Ontario150 Community Capital Program:

Administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, Ontario150 Community Capital Program grants will help nonprofit organizations, municipalities and Indigenous communities renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure. The one-time, Ontario150 grant has been designed to help honour the province’s past, showcase the present and inspire future generations. 

For more information on the Ontario Trillium Foundation, please visit: 

About the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie:

The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie has been providing shelter and support services to abused women and their children since 1981. The agency consists of a 27 bed shelter location and an off-site outreach office. Partial funding for the agency comes from the Ministry of Community & Social Services, the Ministry of the Attorney General, with the balance generated through fundraising events and donations from the community. For more information please visit:

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