Kenora-Rainy River School Boards Funding

Published on May 04, 2021

Previous Photo with Rainy River Board of Education Director Heather Campbell

MPP Rickford Announces Additional $17 Million for Kenora-Rainy River District School Boards 

Ontario providing school boards with additional resources to respond to COVID-19 and support learning recovery for 2021/22 school year 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 

Kenora-Rainy River, Ont. -- The Ontario government is investing more than $17 million in Kenora-Rainy River school boards to advance and protect public education for the 2021-22 school year. This includes targeted funding to respond to COVID-19, support learning recovery and increased funding for the Grants for Student Needs program. 

“Our government is making historic investments in Ontario’s public education system and I am proud to announce today’s significant funding increase for school boards in Kenora-Rainy River,” said MPP Greg Rickford. “Our kids have faced unprecedented challenges over the past year. We are investing in our students, teachers and school boards to ensure schools in Northwestern Ontario are ready to take on the 2021/22 school year.” 

In advance of the new school year, the Ontario government is investing in resources to protect schools against COVID-19. Funding will support: mental health and special education supports, purchasing additional technology, increased school operations costs, student transportation, COVID-19 testing and staffing supports, purchasing PPE and more. 

“We would like to thank the government for the release of the Grants for Student Needs Program,” said Sherri-Lynne Pharand, Director of Education, Keewatin-Patricia District School Board. “We are grateful for the investment in intervention, mental health and well-being. The continued focus on student learning and student safety will help boards support students as we return from the pandemic.” 

“We are appreciative of the funding announcements made today as they provide further supports for our schools as we navigate teaching and learning during a pandemic,” said Heather Campbell, Director of Education, Rainy River District School Board. “We are grateful to the government and to the Ministry of Education for continuing to provide funding to support our students’ achievement and well-being, with particular emphasis on student mental health and student and staff safety. We know that when our students are mentally and physically well and supported in their learning that they will have a greater availability for engagement, learning, and success at school.” 

Kenora-Rainy River Breakdown: 

Keewatin-Patricia District School Board: 

For the 2021-22 school year, through COVID-19 resources, the Keewatin-Patricia DSB is projected to receive over $3.9 million, including: 

  • • $1.15 million for temporary staffing 
  • • $100,000 for ventilation 
  • • $330,000 for transportation 
  • • $130,000 for special education 
  • • $250,000 for mental health supports 
  • • $60,000 for learning recovery 
  • • Up to $1.67 million by drawing on their reserves up to 2% of their operating allocation 
  • • $80,000 in time-limited language grant supports 
  • • $110,000 as an ongoing technology investment 
  • • $50,000 as an ongoing mental health investment 

 

In addition, Keewatin-Patricia DSB is projected to receive $83.7 million in funding, an increase of $3 million over last year for the 2021/22 school year. 

Rainy River DSB: 

For the 2021-22 school year, through COVID-19 resources, the Rainy River DSB is projected to receive over $2.5 million, including: 

  • • $860,000 for temporary staffing 
  • • $50,000 for ventilation 
  • • $200,000 for transportation 
  • • $120,000 for special education 
  • • $240,000 for mental health supports 
  • • $40,000 million for learning recovery 
  • • Up to $870,000 by drawing on their reserves up to 2% of their operating allocation 
  • • $20,000 in time-limited language grant supports 
  • • $100,000 as an ongoing technology investment 
  • • $50,000 as an ongoing mental health investment 

 

In addition, the Rainy River DSB is projected to receive $43.3 million in funding, an increase of $120,000 over last year for the 2021/22 school year. 

Northwest Catholic DSB: 

For the 2021-22 school year, through COVID-19 resources, the Northwest Catholic DSB is projected to receive over $1.9 million, including: 

  • • $760,000 for temporary staffing 
  • • $20,000 for ventilation 
  • • $90,000 for transportation 
  • • $120,000 for special education 
  • • $240,000 for mental health supports 
  • • $30,000 for learning recovery 

 

 

  • • Up to $500,000 by drawing on their reserves up to 2% of their operating allocation 
  • • $30,000 in time-limited language grant supports 
  • • $100,000 as an ongoing technology investment 
  • • $50,000 as an ongoing mental health investment 

 

In addition, the Northwest Catholic DSB is projected to receive $25.0 million in funding, an increase of $590,000 over last year for the 2021/22 school year. 

Kenora Catholic DSB: 

For the 2021-22 school year, through COVID-19 resources, the Kenora Catholic DSB is projected to receive over $2 million, including: 

  • • $750,000 for temporary staffing 
  • • $200,000 for ventilation 
  • • $70,000 for transportation 
  • • $110,000 for special education 
  • • $240,000 for mental health supports 
  • • $30,000 for learning recovery 
  • • Up to $490,000 by drawing on their reserves up to 2% of their operating allocation 
  • • $40,000 in time-limited language grant supports 
  • • $100,000 as an ongoing technology investment 
  • • $50,000 as an ongoing mental health investment 

 

In addition, the Kenora Catholic DSB is projected to receive $24.7 million in funding, an increase of $220,000 over last year for the 2021/22 school year. 

CSD catholique des Aurores boréales: 

For the 2021-22 school year, through COVID-19 resources, the CSD catholique des Aurores boréales is projected to receive over $1.9 million, including: 

  • • $710,000 for temporary staffing 
  • • $200,000 for ventilation 
  • • $60,000 for transportation 
  • • $110,000 for special education 
  • • $230,000 for mental health supports 
  • • $30,000 for learning recovery 
  • • Up to $530,000 by drawing on their reserves up to 2% of their operating allocation 
  • • $10,000 in time-limited language grant supports 
  • • $100,000 as an ongoing technology investment 
  • • $50,000 as an ongoing mental health investment 

 

In addition, the CSD catholique des Aurores boréales is projected to receive $26.5 million in funding, an increase of $1.3 million over last year for the 2021/22 school year.