Kenora District Services Board Funding of Social Services Relief

Published on December 15, 2020


DRYDEN — Today, Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora–Rainy River, was joined by Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer of the Kenora District Services Board to provide an update on several funding announcements provided by the Government of Ontario to the District Services Board.


MPP Rickford highlighted the Government of Ontario’s $2.5 million investment to fight human trafficking, including $99,964 for the Dryden Youth Centre. This funding will revitalize the centre with much needed equipment, computers, workstations, and other tools.


"During these challenging times, it’s important to note that our government remains committed to funding the services and programs that are so critical to ensuring a safe and secure environment for all people in our region," said Rickford. "To that end, I am pleased to stand with the KDSB’s Board of Directors and Henry Wall today at the construction site of the new administrative offices in Dryden to announce many initiatives that are underway to support these critical services."


Ontario is also allocating an additional $438,500 through the Social Service Relief Fund to continue positive work towards addressing the housing shortage in various parts of the service region and in cooperation and collaboration with other partner agencies. This will bring the total funds provided by the Social Service Relief Fund to the Kenora District Services Board to $4,061,405.


Lastly, through the Child Care Safe Restart program, Ontario is allocating $927,871 to ensure that child care and EarlyON operators are able to reopen programs in a safe manner. This funding will ensure the safety of children and families across Kenora District.


“The funding for these projects from the Province of Ontario will allow KDSB and its partners to move forward on initiatives that will lead to positive community renewal improvements in areas such as individual well-being, employment, supportive services, economic development, and inclusive access to community amenities. The KDSB is pleased to be working in the Province in such vital areas that will ensure betterment for all in the District, particularly during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” said Henry Wall.