The opportunity to vastly improve the quality and accessibility of services provided to Ontarians in their communities is behind the work now underway to establish a Community Health & Social Services Infrastructure Fund (CHSSIF) in response to the economic challenges facing Ontario. The Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC), the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) and the Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs (OFCMHAP) have asked the Federal and Ontario governments to release capital infrastructure funds to support this important initiative.
To Bring Services Closer to OntariansThe Community Health & Social Services Infrastructure Fund presents an unprecedented and historic opportunity to put a down payment on Ontario’s future community health & social services’ infrastructure to meet growing demand, while creating jobs for workers in small and mid-sized construction and related companies. These initiatives will stimulate the economy in rural and urban communities throughout Ontario.
Under one roof would be: community health centres, supportive housing, community support services for seniors and persons with disabilities, community mental health & addiction services, wellness centres, Aboriginal Health Access Centres – the possibilities are endless and would be determined by communities across the province. Not only would this better serve the needs of Ontarians, especially those facing barriers to accessing service, it would also enhance community partnerships and reduce overhead costs for local service providers.
This proposed Community Health & Social Services Infrastructure Fund would be a win for all levels of government, would bring services closer to people, and help people keep or get jobs. The three Associations welcome the opportunity to work with the Federal and Ontario governments to make this vision a reality.
For more information: Lori Payne, Ontario Community Support Association 416-256-3010 Ext 242 [email protected]