Petawawa, Carefor receives Community Transportation grant
Sean Chase/Daily Observer Mayor Bob Sweet congratulates Carefor manager of community support services Alice Grenon on the successful awarding of a $499,800 grant from Ontario's Community Transportation Grant program.
PETAWAWA – The Town of Petawawa is one of two municipalities in Renfrew County receiving funding under Ontario’s Community Transportation Grant Program, it was announced Monday night.
The town will be receiving $499,800 in funding under the local municipal transportation stream program. The Ministry of Transportation noted that Petawawa, in its application, referenced the needs identified through the town's 2016 Age Friendly Community Needs Assessment. To facilitate the program, the town will be partnering with Carefor Health and Community Services.
“Top priorities identified through that process were affordable accessible housing and reasonable transportation service and support to provide for the needs of daily living and community inclusion,” said Mayor Bob Sweet who made the announcement during council's committee meeting. “With these objectives in mind, and funding through the Community Transportation Grant program, the town will be able to work with Carefor Health and Community Services to develop a door-to-door transportation service to meet the needs of daily living for our vulnerable sectors.”
Carefor is currently the lead agency for the Champlain Community Transportation Collaborative, a collaboration of 26 Community Support Service organizations, divided into four catchment areas that provides transportation services for older adults and people with disabilities living in the region.
“Carefor is a natural partner to implement this program, having the resources and operational capacity to administer and facilitate not only the transportation service but the integrated service system needed to document extensive reporting metrics required as part of the funding reporting,” added Sweet.
More details on the project will become available to the town with this autumn being the target date for it to start. Carefor manager of community support services Alice Grenon said they were thrilled to be partnering with the town on this initiative.
“Carefor's belief is that transportation is so key to keeping seniors at home and letting them age at home and keeping them connected to their community is vital,” said Grenon. “When talking to seniors, it's the number one concern.”
The Town of Arnprior was announced as a successful applicant and will received $500,000. Through the Community Transportation Grant program, Ontario is provide 40 municipalities with $30 million over five years for improved transportation services within and between communities to make it easier for people to get around, including seniors, students, youths, persons with disabilities and others.