Tarragon Theatre & Camp Winston receive provincial funding

Celebrating Ontario150

February 16, 2017

Ontario is celebrating its 150th anniversary as a province with $463,900 for two community organizations, delivering better facilities for families in St. Paul’s.

Dr. Eric Hoskins, MPP for St. Paul’s, announced today that organizations receiving support through the Ontario150 Community Capital Program include:

  • $299,400 for Camp Winston, headquartered at 55 Eglinton St. East, to make essential structural upgrades and retrofit one of the camp’s original lodges in Kilworthy. The camp supports the positive development of children and youth who face barriers to development of strong emotional and social skills, impacting the lives of 1,000 people in the midtown Toronto area.
  • $164,500 to Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Avenue, to improve the infrastructure, including the roof, new windows, new HVAC system. This initiative is helping arts, culture and heritage in our community.

“Local grassroots organizations are strong pillars that support community life. It gives all of us welcoming spaces to come together, to be active and to honour our heritage. Our government is supporting Camp Winston and Tarragon Theatre to help them make a difference in our everyday lives.”

— Dr. Eric Hoskins, MPP for St. Paul’s.

“We are very grateful to the Ontario150 program that will facilitate much needed repairs to our iconic theatre. With this support Tarragon Theatre will remain a thriving community hub.”

--Susan Moffat, Managing Director Tarragon Theatre.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating our 25th season in working with young people who have complex neurological disorders. These exceptional children have warmed our hearts and have opened us to the realization that achieving success in the acquisition of life and social skills is indeed possible. Our campers make life-long friends, connect with nature and experience the comfort and joy of living in a nurturing, inclusive community. With the help of the Ontari150 Community Capital Program, we have the privilege of refreshing our Teen Lodge which will provide an enhanced space to accommodate our campers’ needs well into the future.”

--Gerald Enchin, Executive Director, Camp Winston Foundation, Co-Director - Camp Winston.

The Ontario150 Community Capital Program will help not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and Indigenous communities renovate, repair and retrofit existing community and cultural infrastructure. This support will be used to increase accessibility, improve safety and maximize community use of public spaces.

In celebration of Ontario’s 150th anniversary, the province has also released a new recording of A Place to Stand (Ontario Song), the province's unofficial anthem. The 50-year-old song has been refreshed to instil a sense of pride and belonging for all.  

  • Ontario is investing $25 million in the Ontario150 Community Capital Program to support 203 capital projects. In total, these investments are expected to result in almost 1.4 million square feet of renovated community space and more than 36,000 hours of additional availability for physical activity and arts programming.

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