July 11, 2011
Ontario is expanding the eligibility of Infrastructure Ontario's Loan Program to include additional not-for-profit sectors that provide infrastructure for families and people in local communities.
Eligibility for the program is being expanded to not-for-profit organizations that own or operate community hubs where both community health and social services are offered, as well as not-for-profit sports and recreation organizations that provide facilities to serve the needs of Ontarians.
By expanding the program, Ontario is helping not-for-profits to:
Working to strengthen not-for-profit infrastructure is part of Building Together, Ontario's long-term infrastructure plan to repair, rebuild and renew infrastructure in communities throughout Ontario.
"Access to the loan program allows these organizations to borrow for new infrastructure or repair and refurbish existing facilities, while continuing to provide important services that benefit communities across Ontario."
- Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
"Our province's not-for-profit organizations touch the lives of all Ontarians. We heard it loud and clear from the sector -- this initiative will help them continue to provide the crucial services that help make our people healthier and our communities strong and full of vitality."
- Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
"This is an important step in providing needed and necessary infrastructure that supports people who are the most vulnerable in our communities."
- Laurel Broten, Minister of Children and Youth Services
"Not-for-profit sports and recreational organizations play an important role in our communities in promoting amateur sports, training, fitness, and overall wellness programs and events. These organizations will now be able to access alternative financing to further enhance, improve, build and maintain sport and recreational facilities."
- Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion and Sport
"Broadening the scope of the infrastructure loan program is a welcome innovation that will provide much-needed support to the vital not-for-profit sector in Ontario."
- Glen Murray, Minister of Research and Innovation
"Healthy lifestyle choices and the ability to engage in active living are important elements in a strong and vibrant community. Access to the Infrastructure Ontario Loan Program means that the National Capital Region Y will continue providing our community with a high level of service in safe and modern facilities. We are thrilled with this opportunity."
- Deirdre Speers, Acting CEO at the National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA