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Province providing $230,000 over three years to alleviate poverty in Simcoe County

Mehreen Shahid

By Mehreen Shahid, Special to the Packet & Times

Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, was in Allliston today to announce funding for Simcoe County.
COUNTY OF SIMCOE PHOTO

Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy, was in Allliston today to announce funding for Simcoe County. COUNTY OF SIMCOE PHOTO

Ontario plans on investing up to $230,000 over the next three years to help alleviate poverty among immigrants and other groups in the Simcoe County.

The money will be funneled toward providing specialized skills training to Employment Ontario staff, so they are better equipped to serve immigrants and was announced in Alliston Friday by Deputy Premier and Treasury Board President Deb Matthews.

“Our Poverty Reduction Strategy is about helping everyone get the supports they need to reach their full potential, including newcomers. This funding will help the County of Simcoe to better support its growing community of newcomers so that they can find good jobs and avoid slipping into poverty," she said.

“I thank and applaud the province for providing this important funding,” said Gerry Marshall, County of Simcoe warden. “Our county is an increasingly popular destination for new Canadians to call home. It’s vital we provide support services, training and opportunities needed to benefit newcomers, their families and communities they call home.”

These skills will help staff to develop knowledge, expertise and employer networks so they can help immigrants find jobs around the area instead of slipping into poverty. Under this plan, organizations have two more opportunities to apply for funding: one in 2016 and another in 2017.

The Local Poverty Reduction Fund supports innovative and sustainable programs using regional partnerships to assist various categories of citizens and residents disproportionately affected by poverty, including, women, single parents, people with disabilities, youth, visible minorities, seniors, Aboriginal Peoples and newcomers.

“We know our unemployment rate is higher among recent immigrants compared to Simcoe County residents as a whole,” said Greg Bishop, general manager, Social and Community Services Division, County of Simcoe. “We look forward to working with the province and all our regional partners and service providers to implement strategies that further establishes Simcoe County.”

mehreen.shahid@sunmedia.ca


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