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  • December 20, 2017

Building up Kitchener by Supporting Local Non-Profits

Building Healthy and Vibrant Communities Across the Province





December 18, 2017

Ontario is supporting 145 projects that will make positive changes in communities across the province.

In Kitchener Centre, the province is supporting the following projects:

  • Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington
    • $331,700 grant over 24 months to expand the Minds in Motion program to 50 sessions in Waterloo Wellington.  Fostering more active lifestyles, this initiative is helping programs be safe, inclusive, and fair, and has an impact on the lives of 1,000 people in the community.
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region
      • $150,500 grant over 36 months to expand the In-School Mentoring program to reach 300 more children and youth in need.  Supporting the positive development of children and youth, this initiative is helping children and youth who are facing barriers develop strong emotional and social skills, and has an impact on the lives of 300 people in the community.
      • SHORE Centre
        • $197,900 grant over 36 months to hire a full-time Program Coordinator to increase and add to the Newcomer Health Programs.  Building inclusive and engaged communities together, this initiative is helping people who are isolated have connections in their community, and has an impact on the lives of 450 people in the community.
        • Healing of The Seven Generations
          • $750,000 grant over 36 months to enhance and provide comprehensive First Peoples cultural programming and counselling in the Waterloo Region.  Enriching people’s lives through arts, culture and heritage, this initiative is helping the preservation and animation of cultural heritage, and has an impact on the lives of 10,000 people in the community.


The projects are part of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Grow Investment Stream, which helps organizations expand an existing, proven not-for-profit project.   

Our investments will make a difference in people’s lives through activities that encourage active lifestyles, promote arts and culture, build engaged communities, support a healthy and sustainable environment, and invest in the positive development of youth and children. 

Supporting strong, healthy communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.




“It is always inspiring to see how non-profit and charitable organizations, such as Passerelle Intégration et Développement Économique, play a key role in enhancing people’s lives by finding new and innovative ways to address community needs. Ontario believes in equal opportunity when it comes to grant initiatives that support cultural preservation in communities. Through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, our government recognizes the good work and positive impact of projects in communities all across the province.”

— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport


“With the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, local non-profits in our community can continue to deliver services and initiatives that make a real difference in the lives of residents in Kitchener Centre.  By supporting these valuable organizations, we are helping to deliver services to those residents in the community who need help the most.”     

— Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre


“We are proud to support excellent projects across Ontario, and we thank all our volunteers for their work in assessing these great grants. With projects like these, communities will thrive. We are glad to support Francophone, Indigenous, rural communities and other underserved communities with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to ensure that we are building healthy and vibrant communities.”

— Tim Jackson, Board Chair, Ontario Trillium Foundation


“Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington is so grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting Minds in Motion.  There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia but we do know that regular exercise and social activity helps to delay the progression of the disease and support an enhanced quality of life for both the client and the care partner.  This grant will provide enhanced access that will support many people with dementia to live their best day.”  

— Michelle Martin, Executive Director, Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington         


“Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we will be able to significantly expand and improve upon our longstanding Newcomer Health Programs.  We plan to begin to offer the programs in several new languages to ensure that all members of our diverse community have access to accurate information and support around family planning and health relationships.”  

— Lyndsey Butcher, Executive Director, SHORE Centre


“We are very excited about this opportunity to help more students who are in need of additional support in our community.  Together with our volunteer mentors we know this program will have a real impact of the lives of local families and their children.”

— Mallory Boyer, Resource Development Manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region




  • Ontario is investing over $50 million to expand 145 non-profit initiatives that are helping to build strong social and cultural communities across the province. 134 initiatives are receiving a total of $49 million in funding as part of the Grow Investment Stream, and 11 programs are receiving a total of $780,000 as part of the Collective Impact Grant.
  • Since 2013, the Ontario Trillium Foundation has invested over $452 million in projects to help build healthy and vibrant communities.
  • Sixteen Grant Review Teams across Ontario, composed of active community-based volunteers, review applications and guide granting decisions for the OTF.
  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations.





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