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  • November 22, 2017

Supporting the Good Work of Non-Profits in Barrie

Building Healthy and Vibrant Communities Across the Province




22 November, 2017

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

 In Barrie, the province is supporting the following project:

  • Talk is Free Theatre for a project that expands mentorship opportunities for youth between the ages of 12-20 through the production of site specific musicals

 The project is part of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Grow Investment Stream, which helps organizations expand an existing, proven not-for-profit project. An additional project by the Barrie and Community Health Team is being supported by the Collective Impact Grants, which helps organizations work together to address complex issues in their community.

 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 can continue to deliver services and initiatives that make a real difference in the lives of residents in Barrie. I am thrilled our government is supporting these valuable organizations and look forward to seeing the positive impact it has on the community.”

— Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie

 “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



  • Talk is Free Theatre received $627,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Grow Investment Stream.
  • 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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