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Ontario Helping Non-Profits in Kenora Respond to the Challenges of COVID-19

KENORA ― The Ontario government is providing close to $46 million to support 186 municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations experiencing significant pressures due to COVID-19, including Norman Park and Wauzhushk Onigum Nation in Kenora.

Funding through the Community Building Fund’s capital stream will help them complete much-needed sport and recreation facility infrastructure repairs – including retrofits and rehabilitation to meet COVID-19 public health requirements – to ensure they can continue to provide programs and services vital to their communities once public health measures to combat the growing surge of the Omicron variant are lifted.

“COVID-19 has been a challenge for so many not-for-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations, and I am proud that our government is supporting their recovery though the Community Building Fund,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora – Rainy River. “Norman Park and Wauzhushk Onigum Nation are the bedrock of our community. By helping them weather the storm, we are ensuring people across Kenora will have the opportunity to safely reconnect with the many things that make this community special.”

In total, the province’s Community Building Fund is investing $105 million to support community arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation organizations that are experiencing significant financial pressures due to COVID-19. The fund is administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) through two streams: Operating and Capital. The Capital stream, which closed on September 29, 2021, is providing organizations across the province with support for:

“Since its launch, Ontario has provided 834 Community Building Fund grants to community organizations, municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profit sport and recreation organizations – enhancing the quality of life for people across the province and supporting local jobs,” said Minister MacLeod.

“Thanks to a generous contribution from the Ontario government, the City of Kenora can build a custom-designed fully accessible playground at Norman Park. This project includes retrofitting or replacing the existing playground and building a natural playground behind it, inspiring children of all ages and abilities to run, jump, climb and explore. This project will serve as an example for accessible play structures in other green spaces and playgrounds in the City. We greatly appreciate this funding to build a more inclusive, active community,” said Mayor Daniel Reynard, City of Kenora.

“As Anishinaabe, we believe that our children are truly our future. Being a child should be a fun and healthy experience. We are delighted that this funding will allow us to provide safe and modern play facilities for our children, which will support their health and well-being,” said Chief Chris Skead, Wauzhushk Onigum Nation

For a full list of Community Building Fund: Capital stream recipients, visit the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s website.


  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, working to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario through investments of local grants to non-profit organizations. Its programs support the arts, culture, heritage, sports and recreation, human and social services, and environment sectors across the province.
  • In October, the province announced more than $46 million through the Community Building Fund: Operating stream.
  • As announced in the 2021 Budget, Ontario is investing more than $400 million over the next three years in new initiatives to support tourism, culture, sport and recreation sectors. This builds on investments of $225 million announced earlier, bringing the total support for these sectors to more than $625 million since the pandemic began.