Pembroke to Receive Vital Services in Upgraded Building

Published on February 14, 2019

Ontario’s Government for the People is helping community agencies repair and renovate their buildings so they can continue providing vital services to children and families.

"Our local agencies work hard every day to help people who need extra support," said John Yakabuski, MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke. "Those who provide and those who rely on important services in Pembroke will have safer places with these investments."

The province is investing $8,500.00 in Columbus House Inc. to help them with plumbing repairs.

"We want our community agencies to spend more time helping people and less time worrying about covering the costs of building repairs," said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services. "Our government understands the need for targeted investments while balancing our responsibility to efficiently manage resources."

Through the annual Partner Facility Renewal program, the government is investing a total of $1.6 million in more than 60 projects that will upgrade and repair community agencies across Ontario. The investments help agencies maintain their buildings so they can provide better services for people with developmental disabilities, women and children experiencing domestic violence, Indigenous people and children with mental health needs, for example.

"Our residential homes have supported many youth with safe housing, education and employment skills," said Tina Belanger, Executive Director for Columbus House Inc. "Two years ago, we partnered with Safe Shelter for Youth and are now providing short term emergency housing. The Province has continually ensured that our houses are in good condition and maintained. A calm, clean, updated environment is essential for mental health."

"Helping our community partners maintain and upgrade their buildings just makes sense," said Yakabuski. "We want to make sure our buildings are safe and in good shape so they can provide quality services and programming for years to come."



  • Ontario’s emergency women’s shelters serve more than 17,000 women and children yearly.


  • There are more than 70,000 adults with a developmental disability in Ontario and about 18,000 receive residential supports in communities across the province.


  • In 2017-18, almost 109,000 families across Ontario were served by 49 children’s aid societies, including 11 Indigenous societies and three faith-based societies.