Northwestern Ontario Region - Long Term Care Protection Against COVID-19

Published on April 16, 2021

MPP Greg Rickford and MP Marcus Powlowski announce over $5.6 Million to Long-Term Care Homes in Thunder Bay – Rainy River to protect against COVID-19

Thunder Bay, Ontario, April 16, 2021—Canadians everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods, and their way of life. Together, the governments of Canada and Ontario are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth, and investment.

Today, MP Marcus Powlowski, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River and MPP Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River announced joint funding towards 4 projects to improve long-term care homes in Fort Frances, Rainy River, Atikokan, and Thunder Bay.

The Government of Canada is investing $4,501,264 towards these projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Ontario is contributing $1,125,316 to the projects.


Ultimate Recipient

Total Funding


Atikokan General Hospital

$ 1,860,700

Fort Frances

Riverside Health Care Facilities – Rainycrest

$ 1,948,315

Rainy River

Riverside Health Care Facilities – Rainy River Health Centre

$ 1,477,565

Thunder Bay

St. Joseph’s Care Group – Hogarth Riverview Manor


On April 16, 2021, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Deb Schulte, Federal Minister of Seniors; the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and the Honourable Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Ontario’s Minister of Long-Term Care, announced over $99.4 million in 95 projects to improve long-term care homes across Ontario.

The majority of funding will make important upgrades and improvements to HVAC systems as well as sprinkler and ventilation systems in long-term care homes across Ontario. All residents living in long-term care facilities deserve to live in safe, modern spaces, and these investments will improve the safety of these homes for both residents and long-term care workers.

 The COVID-19 stream, implemented in response to the pandemic, allows Government of Canada to invest up to 80% in projects that support provinces and up to 100% in projects that support territories and Indigenous communities in their response to the pandemic.


“Protecting our most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a top priority for our government.  Upgrading ventilation systems to ensure cleaner air in Ontario’s long-term care homes will be critical to the health and safety of residents and the people that care for them. Our government’s investment of 80 cents on every dollar for these projects not only protects our loved ones but creates jobs in our region.” Marcus Powlowski, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay – Rainy River

“This investment will ensure our community long-term care facilities have the upgrades they need to protect our seniors against COVID-19 and beyond with better air quality and ventilation. We are making sure our loved ones have the comfortable and safe living spaces they deserve.  During COVID-19 we continue to put the safety and well-being of long-term care residents at the heart of everything we do.” Hon. Greg Rickford, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River

 "Today's Covid Infrastructure Stream Funding announcement recognizes the need for timely and targeted investments in our Rainycrest (Fort Frances) and Rainy River long-term care homes. Upgraded HVAC and sprinkler systems will enhance the comfort and safety of our residents and staff. This collaboration between the federal and provincial governments ensures Riverside Health Care is able to continue to provide the highest quality of care in our long-term care homes during these unprecedented times. We extend our sincere appreciation to both levels of government for their continued support of health care services."
Henry Gauthier, President & CEO, Riverside Health Care Facilities

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Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario


Investing in Canada Plan Project Map


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