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Government of Canada Commits $8.7 Million to Build RMH Toronto




TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2009) - Today
it was announced that Ronald McDonald House Toronto (RMH Toronto)
received an $8.7 million capital grant towards building a new House
from the Government of Canada, as part of a joint Canada-Ontario
investment. The announcement was made by the Honourable John Baird,
Canada's Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, and long-time friend
of the House George Smitherman, Member of Provincial Parliament for
Toronto Centre. The new RMH Toronto will be the largest Ronald McDonald
House in the world!



"Today I'm proud to join with
Ronald McDonald House Toronto to announce an infrastructure project
that will benefit families in need, create jobs, and boost the local
economy," said Minister Baird. "Through Canada's Economic Action Plan,
our government has announced an historic number of infrastructure
projects to help strengthen our communities, including here in Toronto."



This
$8.7 million Government of Canada grant follows the $9 million grant
from the Ontario Government towards the project in spring 2008. The
Government of Canada's funding is part of its new national
Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The commitment from the Government of
Ontario is from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.



With
research showing that children do better surrounded by the comforts of
home and family, RMH Toronto plays a vital role in the continuum of
paediatric healthcare delivery. Advances in medical care, improved
patient outcomes and expanded outpatient care means the demand for the
services the House provides is increasing dramatically – at times the
turn away rate is as high as 70 percent.



The
remarkable new RMH Toronto will be located at 240 McCaul Street, and
will accommodate almost three times as many families as the current
location. Located steps away from major hospitals such as SickKids and
Mount Sinai, the incredible new House will be environmentally
sustainable and have an energy efficient design – targeting LEED Gold
Certification.


Designed by award-winning
architectural firm Montgomery Sisam, the total cost for the new House
is approximately $32.5 million. To date, $29 million has been raised.
Construction is expected to begin February 2010.



About Ronald McDonald House Toronto (RMH Toronto)

For
more than 28 years, RMH Toronto has been fulfilling our mission to
enhance the quality of life for out-of-town families with seriously ill
children through a caring and supportive home away from home. Providing
an array of services for families to heal better, RMH Toronto offers a
place for sleeping, schooling, working, cooking and playing. It also
provides vital therapeutic programs that help sick children, their
siblings and their parents get to a better place emotionally. For more
information, visit www.rmhtoronto.org.









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