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Ontario Helping Maintain Social Support Services in Dryden

DRYDEN – The Ontario government is investing more than $22,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for renovations to the Community Support Centre-Northwest in Dryden. This funding will help ensure the centre is a safe, accessible space where programs and services can be provided to children, youth, and families for years to come.

“Our government is proud to help upgrade the Community Support Centre-Northwest, a hub providing crucial community social services,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. “These improvements will reduce maintenance and energy costs—money that can be reinvested into programming to better serve clients. Extending the useful life of buildings such as these is another way we are building strong, vibrant communities and improving the overall quality of life for Northern Ontarians.”

The investment will fund new insulation, roof shingles, siding, and windows to improve the building’s overall energy efficiency so that the centre can continue to deliver important social services to Dryden’s vulnerable populations.

“We are thankful for the support of our provincial government. This funding will assist us in extending the useful life of our aging building by returning it to a state of good repair,” said Debbie Dokuchie, Executive Director, Community Support Centre-Northwest. “Addressing the deficiencies will allow us to continue to provide quality programs and services within a safe and healthy environment.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate recovery, growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $432 million in 4,025 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.4 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 6,200 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In February 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people, and address the skilled labour shortage in the North.

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