I was pleased to invite my colleague Lisa MacLeod to the riding today to announce $250,000 in Ontario Trillium Foundation grant funding to support the community and education centre at the new Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward facility. The project will help with the health and wellness of both animals and people in Bay of Quinte. The target date for opening is June 2022. For more, see Ontario Supporting the Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward | Ontario Newsroom.
On the morning of Oct. 18, I welcomed Enbridge vice-president Jim Sanders (left) to Cherry Valley in Prince Edward County to share details about a $5.2-million natural gas expansion project that will provide 153 homes and businesses an opportunity to connect to this affordable energy source. The project is expected to commence within the next two years. Joining us are Athol Councillor Jamie Forrester and Prince Edward County Mayor Steve Ferguson.
My colleague, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services visited the Bay of Quinte Aug. 10 to share news of our 2021 Budget commitment of an additional $240 million for treatment of children with special needs. That's $60 million a year over four years for service providers like the Quinte Children's Treatment Centre at QHC. Specifically, the local CTC will receive a $1.1 million more annually over the next four years (A 22-per-cent increase in their funding, the first of its kind in recent memory).
After our tour, Minister Fullerton and I headed over to the Quinte Field of Ability for an afternoon of fun with Quinte Challenger Baseball players.