February 8, 2017
Ontario supporting rebuild of Branchton residence
Ontario is investing in the rebuild of a residence for adults with developmental disabilities in the Cambridge area.
Christian Horizons in Branchton, which once provided housing for four adults with special needs, was destroyed by a fire in January 2015.
The new facility will replace the four-bed, 2,500 square foot home with a modern and accessible six-bed, 4,800 square foot residence. It will better serve residents and provide space for two additional people. Construction is expected to be complete by spring 2018.
Developmental service agencies offer a wide range of supports for people with developmental disabilities, depending on their needs. This includes providing an accessible, safe and comfortable home, connecting people to health and social services, and encouraging people stay active and engaged with family, friends, and their community.
Investing in residential care for people with developmental disabilities is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
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“Supporting safe, accessible and welcoming spaces for those who need community services is critical in all communities across the province. Agencies like Christian Horizons play an invaluable role in providing critical services to people with developmental disabilities. With today’s investment, we are restoring and increasing their capacity to serve the area.” — Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services
“Our government’s decision to fund the rebuild of the Christian Horizons group home is great news for our community. This organization is a leader in providing strong services and supports to adults with developmental disabilities and this additional funding with increase their ability to carry out this important work.” — Kathryn McGarry, MPP for Cambridge
Christian Horizons is very grateful for the Ministry’s investment supporting the rebuild of the home in Branchton that was destroyed by a devastating fire two years ago. I am very happy that six people with developmental disabilities will now have a new home to call their own, a place in the community where they can belong. We commend the government on their continued support for adults with developmental disabilities in the province. — Janet Noel-Annable, CEO, Christian Horizons
• Ontario is providing approximately $1.5 million in capital funding to Christian Horizons to support the rebuild.
• This investment is in addition to the government’s three-year $810 million investment in community and developmental services.
• Ontario currently invests over $2 billion a year in developmental services.
• Approximately 18,000 people with a developmental disability receive residential supports in the community, while another 15,000 receive direct funding for services and supports.
• Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
• Learn more about Christian Horizons