My colleague, Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services visited the Bay of Quinte Aug. 10 to share news of our 2021 Budget commitment of an additional $240 million for treatment of children with special needs. That's $60 million a year over four years for service providers like the Quinte Children's Treatment Centre at QHC. Specifically, the local CTC will receive a $1.1 million more annually over the next four years (A 22-per-cent increase in their funding, the first of its kind in recent memory).
After our tour, Minister Fullerton and I headed over to the Quinte Field of Ability for an afternoon of fun with Quinte Challenger Baseball players.
On Monday, June 7, I was pleased to take part in a virtual event to announce that a $22.4-million YMCA Centre for Life will be built in Belleville's west end. The development is supported by multi-level investments through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan.
The project will include two swimming pools, a gymnasium, and multi-purpose and exercise space and house the YMCA, Volunteer and Information Quinte, and Quinte Vitality Support Services.
The Province of Ontario contributed $7.4 million toward the total cost. The federal government will contribute $8.9 million, and the YMCA of Central Eastern Ontario $5.9 million. The City of Belleville contributed land on the Quinte Exhibition grounds. Here, I join YMCA of CEO President and CEO David Allen to survey the site.
I was pleased to bring some much-awaited news to the community at Belleville's Westgate Lodge long-term care home on March 18. Our government has committed to fund a 160-bed redevelopment with 72 new beds and 88 upgraded beds. The home's owner/operator, Crown Ridge Health Care Services Inc., is hoping to break ground within the next year. Joining me and Belleville Mayor Mitch Panciuk are Crown Ridge representatives Greg Freeman and Fred Freeman. For more information, please see my news releases page.