Ontario Helping York Region Non-Profits Improve Community Services

Capital funding will support vital programming and services for people who need it the most

December 22, 2022

YORK REGION ― York Region MPPs announced today that the Ontario government is providing more than $2,500,000 in capital grant funding through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to help 24 non-profit organizations in the region deliver much-needed community support programs.

The York Region Provincial Representatives – Minister Paul Calandra, MPP Logan Kanapathi, Minister Stephen Lecce, Minister Caroline Mulroney, MPP Dawn Gallagher Murphy, MPP Billy Pang, Minister Michael Parsa, MPP Laura Smith, Minister Michael Tibollo, and MPP Daisy Wai are thrilled to see so many of their local projects receive this important funding.

“It is so important that we continue to invest and support youth and adults with developmental and intellectual disability,” said Stephen Lecce, MPP for King-Vaughan. “I am proud to announce that Ontario will invest $250,000 to Schwartz Reisman Centre and the Reena Foundation to upgrade critical infrastructure and add new exercise equipment so individuals with physical and health challenges can improve their physical, social, and emotional well-being. We will continue to ensure individuals in Vaughan and King with disability have every opportunity to live with dignity and good health.” 

“Our government recognizes the important contributions that non-profit organizations make in our local communities,” said MPP Paul Calandra, Markham-Stouffville. “I am pleased that we are supporting the non-profit organizations throughout our communities in creating safe and ready access to the facilities, programs, activities and services that will help connect people while strengthening our local economy and creating local jobs.”

“Funding through OTF’s capital grant stream will have broader impacts on communities across Ontario. By reviving community projects that make a positive difference in people’s lives, these grants will ensure that Ontario continues to be a place to grow” said Michael Parsa, MPP for Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill.

“We support our non-profits, because they support us,” said MPP Laura Smith, Thornhill. “I know that these funds are going to organizations that are doing so much good for the community of Thornhill, such as DANI – who will be using these funds to upgrade their facilities to better serve and accommodate our neuro-diverse community, and Reena, which provides important and much needed housing for adults with disabilities. I am also very pleased to see funds going to the Slovenian Home Association, to help make the facility safe and functional to better serve their community.”

“Non-profit organizations are vital to the fabric of communities across York-Simcoe.” said MPP Caroline Mulroney. “Our government continues to support these organizations, including through the Ontario Trillium Foundation capital grant, which helps improve infrastructure and ensure these critical programs can continue to deliver community supports to local residents.”

“Our government through the Ontario Trillium Foundation continues to support hundreds of non-profit organizations, including 24 here in York Region” said MPP Michael Tibollo. “These grants will help many projects that provide our communities with a variety of social benefits and will help improve access to our facilities, programs, services and programs throughout the province.”

To improve the infrastructure that Ontarians need to thrive, this funding is a part of an Ontario government investment of more than $37 million in capital grant funding to help 417 non-profit organizations across the province deliver much-needed community support programs. These grants will support organizations that are making a positive impact in communities throughout the province.

“Our government promises to make Ontario a more accessible place to live,” said MPP Daisy Wai, Richmond Hill. “With the funding coming through OTF’s Capital Grant, non-profit organizations across the province can get the support to improve their infrastructure by running important capital projects. It directly leads to a positive outcome: that is our people will obtain better and sustainable community services they need and deserve.”

“Non-profit organizations and NGOs are the keys to the betterment of our community. Their programs help support and empower the people in our province. Capital grants, therefore, are essential to assist these organizations in looking after marginalized and vulnerable people. Over $2.5 million in capital grants was awarded by our government through the Ontario Trillium Foundation to 24 non-profit organizations in York Region that provide much-needed community support services. Thanks to the dedication of our government, we are making sure that communities in this region will continue to benefit from facilities providing vital services.” said MPP Logan Kanapathi, MPP for Markham-Thornhill. 

“Our government is committed to investing in local non-profit organizations as they improve the infrastructure and services Ontarians need. Such organizations play an essential role from providing inspiring and useful spaces to delivering quality programs and services for the communities they serve,” said MPP Billy Pang, Markham-Unionville. “I am pleased that the funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation announced today will help 360°kids and Sanatan Mandir Cultural Centre upgrade their facilities to better meet the needs of our diverse communities in Markham-Unionville.”

“I am proud of our government’s initiative to invest in not-for-profit organizations in our communities,” said Dawn Gallagher Murphy, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora. “The OTF Capital Grant stream is assisting organizations in York Region to assist them in improving the infrastructure of their facilities and properties. In Newmarket, the Ontario Water Centre is receiving $150,00 that will help them expand landscaped, lighted, and gravelled parking lot to provide a publicly accessible waterfront recreational site for community events. The Newmarket Soccer Club is also receiving $150,000 to address some much-needed renovating and repairs to the facility including new doors, windows, flooring and siding as well as updating drainage and security. The Rose of Sharon is receiving $17,200 that will help them to purchase a new refrigerator and appliances for their free food security project that supports young mothers. By supporting this grant program, the government is ensuring that our residents have safe and ready to access to the facilities, programs, activities, and services that make Newmarket -Aurora a great place to live and have fun.”

Funded projects will:

  • Improve access to facilities, programs, activities and services
  • Improve existing spaces and support new build projects

“Safe, accessible and well-equipped infrastructure is essential for healthy, vibrant communities. Having appropriate spaces and equipment ensures that non-profit organizations can deliver high-quality programming to the communities they serve,” said Katharine Bambrick, CEO, Ontario Trillium Foundation. “These capital projects are vital and are expected to enhance over 4.5 million square feet of community spaces for Ontarians.” 

The MPPs will be visiting the grant recipients to announce the funding, please visit your local MPP’s website to find out which organizations received funding in your community.

For more information and a full list of Capital grant stream recipients, please visit the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s website.


  • Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, working to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario through investments of local grants to non-profit organizations. Its programs support the arts, culture, sports and recreation, heritage, human and social services, and environment sectors across the province.


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