Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund aids 12 local organizations

BAY OF QUINTE– Today, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, announced that 12 local organizations will receive $729,400 to help them offset the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic so they can deliver the bestservice possible for the people of Bay of Quinte and create a stronger Ontario. Thes grants have been provided through the Resilient Communities Fund.

“Non-profit organizations are a crucial and valued part of any community,” said Smith. “Countless people rely on their services every day, and even facing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, they still deliver. This funding will help them offset those impacts and continue supporting those who need it most.”

The grant totals are as follows:

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Hastings-Prince Edward -$25,400

Our organization, with a $25,400 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by engaging staff and experts to develop short and long term sustainability plans to better serve young people with our programs. 

Habitat for Humanity Prince Edward-Hastings - $74,500

Our organization, with a $74,500 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by building an e-commerce platform, hiring a Digital Coordinator, developing a new point-of-sale system and restoring our volunteer corps. 

Heal with Horses Therapeutic Centre - $39,600

Our organization, with a $39,600 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by engaging experts to develop strategic partnerships, renovating facilities to support year-round programming, and expanding programming to create new revenuestreams.

Hospice Quinte - $107,900

Our organization, with a $107,900 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by hiring staff, training staff, and hosting events to supporteducation, outreach, community connections and organizational resiliency.

Music at Port Milford - $22,000

Our organization, with a $22,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 9 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by completing renovations and purchasing equipment to support safe in-person programming.

Prince Edward County Arts Council - $33,700

Our organization, with a $33,700 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by engaging staff and experts to develop, promote and implement a drop-in studio program, and develop a fundraising plan. 

Prince Edward Yacht Club - $132,100

Our organization, with a $132,100 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by purchasing new infrastructure and hiring staff to expand and safely deliver our Learn to Sail program.

Quinte Film Alternative -$41,200

Our organization, with a $41,200 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by engaging experts to develop and implement a marketing plan, supporting rental costs, and supporting board members to attend film festivals.

Quinte Rouge Paddling Club - $58,500

Our organization, with a $58,500 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by hiring staff and purchasing equipment to run boating programs, engaging members and new paddlers and earning revenue.

Reaching for Rainbows - $37,600

Our organization, with a $37,600 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by supporting staffing costs, engaging experts for strategic plan development, and purchasing equipment for safe in-person program delivery.

The Recreation Outreach Centre - $101,100

Our organization, with a $101,100 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by engaging marketing experts for a re-branding of ROC, ensuring our role and value is recognized and supported in the community.

Volunteer Information HPE - $55,800

Our organization, with a $55,800 Resilient Communities Fund grant over 12 months, will rebuild and recover from impacts of COVID-19 by hiring staff and engaging experts to develop a new strategic plan and fundraising plan, and purchasing equipment for remote work. 

In total, the Ontario government is providing $95.8 million this year through the Resilient Communities Fund to help 1,146 non-profit organizations across the province recover and rebuild. The Resilient Communities Fund provides grants of up to $150,000 to eligible non-profit organizations to cover a broad and flexible range of needs, such as:
▪ Mental and physical health and wellbeing supports for staff or volunteers.
▪ Support to adapt or re-imagine program delivery and services to meet the needs of
communities, employees and volunteers, incorporate new health and safety processes, or
purchase new technology and personal protective equipment.
▪ Renovations and facility updates to meet the changing needs of the communities they serve.

“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our government has committed to supporting those
struggling the most,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “That’s why it’s been a priority for us to fund successful programs like the Resilient Communities Fund, which helps non-profits adapt and grow – ensuring they can continue providing the best service possible to the people of Bay of Quinte and make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation will continue to offer the Resilient Communities Fund in 2022-23 to help more eligible non-profit organizations that have been impacted by COVID-19. Application details and a full list of grant recipients to date are available on the OTF website.

QUICK FACTS

▪ The Resilient Communities Fund is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) – an
agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries – and has supported
2,191 projects across Ontario since it was announced in August 2020.
▪ In 2020-21, OTF redirected provincial funding previously allocated for the 2020 Grow and Capital
grant streams into the $83-million Resilient Communities Fund HYPERLINK "https://otf.ca/our�grants/resilient-communities-fund"to rebuild the capacity of non-profit organizations impacted
by COVID-19.
▪ OTF awarded $94.3 million to 1,238 projects in 2021 through its Seed grant stream and Resilient
Communities Fund to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.


Province investing in employment, training supports for newcomers to Quinte region

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2022

BAY OF QUINTE– The Ontario government is working for workers by investing $813,453 from the Skills Development Fund to support Quinte Immigration Services provide training for immigrants to meet crucial needs in the local labour market. This project will provide workers in the Quinte region with the training they need to pursue the in-demand and well-paying jobs in our community.

Details were announced today by Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte on behalf of Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

"People immigrating to our region bring knowledge, skills, and a willingness to work. Quinte Immigration Services is effective in helping them overcome barriers to finding good, stable employment in our region,” said Smith. “This funding ensures that vital work continues, benefiting both job seekers and employers in our local economy.”

The project will offer soft and hard skills training in multiple sectors of the labour market, such as hospitality, manufacturing, transportation or finance and support facilitators in the hiring process.

Funded activities will include client assessment, intake registration, training and information modalities, and assistance for job seekers and employers seeking to hire a diversified labour force. Another aspect of the program includes connecting foreign investors with economic development stakeholders in the region to promote future growth.

Paul Osborne, the President of Quinte Immigration Services, welcomed the funding.

“On behalf of our board of directors, I would like to thank the Ministry for the financial support provided to our organization so Quinte Immigration Services can continue delivering the programs and services to assist hundreds of newcomers to integrate in the local labour market,” said Osborne. “During these critical times of the pandemic, newcomers were the first in line to fulfill the labour shortages affecting several sectors of the economy. Programs like the ones funded by the Ministry were vital for the success
of training and facilitating the employment of newcomers with the local employers through job development.”

Osborne added that while the funding helps his organization continue the services it has provided the in the Quinte region since 1986, it is also timely as it will assist in providing recently arrived Ukrainian refugees access to the labour market.

The Skills Development Fund has provided over $200 million in funding for innovative projects thataddress challenges to hiring, training, or retraining workers during the pandemic.

“Our government is working for workers every day. Through our Skills Development Fund, we’re giving workers the training they need to fill in-demand jobs, earn bigger paycheques and advance in rewarding careers that make their families and communities stronger,” said Minister McNaughton. “Our government has a workers-first plan to deliver a stronger Ontario. As build today for a better tomorrow, we need all hands on deck. We’re leaving nobody behind and we’re getting it done.”

This investment builds on the government’s ongoing efforts to attract, support and protect workers, making Ontario the top place in the world to work, live and raise a family. It follows legislation McNaughton recently passed that provides foundational rights for digital platform workers, requirements for employers to disclose their electronic monitoring of employees and for businesses in high-risk settings to have Naloxone kits on hand, and several red tape reductions to encourage out-of-province workers to help fill the generational labour shortage.

QUICK FACTS

• Data suggests that the need to replace retiring workers is greater for skilled trades workers than
for other occupations. In 2016, nearly 1 in 3 journeypersons in Ontario were aged 55 years or
older.
• In the fall of 2021, there were more than 360,000 jobs vacant in Ontario.
• Ontario’s Skills Development Fund is supported through labour market transfer agreements
between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
• Ontario has announced a number of supports that will assist Ukraianian refugees access services
and employment. To learn more, see
https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/1001965/province-helping-ukrainians-continue-their�lives-in-ontario.


Provincial investment strengthening rural economic growth in Downtown Belleville

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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2022

BELLEVILLE – The Ontario government is building strong rural communities with investments that will help to support modern and efficient public infrastructure and boost economic development.

Today, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte hosted Randy Pettapiece, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs to announce the Belleville Downtown BIA will receive up to $14,742 in funding through Ontario’s Rural Economic Development (RED) program to build opportunity and support local economic growth.

The funding will help the Belleville Downtown BIA expand upon its popular summer event series by adding picnic tables, umbrellas, planters, a giant Adirondack chair within the downtown core area and supplying other branded and promotional materials to boost attendance. The project, which includes investment from the BDBIA and the Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board, is valued at $48,247.41.

“Downtown businesses are vital to economic growth and recovery in Belleville and across Ontario,” said Smith. “By supporting the Belleville Downtown BIA to attract visitors, we’re helping to direct additional traffic to restaurants, shops, and attractions across the Quinte region. This will be a win for many.”

This funding is part of 61 projects the Ontario government is supporting to help diversify local economies, retain skilled workers, and create jobs in rural communities. The province is committing up to $3.8 million in cost-share funding through the intake of this funding.

 “Our government is listening to the needs of rural Ontario, and we are committed to putting in place programs that will attract investment, create jobs and boost economic growth,” said Pettapiece on behalf of Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Investments through the Rural Economic Development Program are helping shape a strong future for our rural and Indigenous communities by helping create opportunities that boost economic growth and ensure that rural communities can attract the people and investments needed to flourish.

Ontario’s Rural Economic Development Program continues to support rural communities and provide funding that will address barriers to economic development, and better position rural communities for sustained growth and job creation.

Luisa Sorrentino, DBIA Executive Director welcomed the collaboration.

“This project has been designed not only for longevity but also for growth. We can continue to grow the inventory of street furniture each year and invest in other creative solutions that invite people to gather,” said Sorrentino. “As we create the spaces, visitor numbers will increase, which in turn will stimulate the local economy. This will continue to move the Downtown District forward as a tourism destination for day trips and short-term staycations and vibrant community space well beyond RED funding.”

Mitch Panciuk, Mayor of the City of Belleville, was pleased to see investment supporting business growth within the municipality.

“This funding will help create spaces that are welcoming, relaxing - an atmosphere that draws people to the downtown area. Whether it’s to shop, eat, relax or be a part of festivities, this investment will help to attract both tourists and residents which is great for our local economy,” said Panciuk.

QUICK FACTS

  • Applications for the new targeted RED Intake were accepted from February 7, 2022 to March 7, 2022.
  • The Government of Ontario has committed more than $15.2 million to fund more than 287 economic development projects through the RED program since 2019.
  • The RED program supports projects with tangible benefits to rural and Indigenous communities that help to attract business, investment, and create jobs, while also providing greater value for taxpayer dollars.