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Ontario Helping the City of Dryden Respond to the Challenges of COVID-19

Funding for upgrades to sport and recreation facilities will help keep communities

safe once public health measures lifted

DRYDEN ― 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 the City of Dryden.

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. “Milestone Rink is the bedrock of our community. By helping the City of Dryden weather the storm, we are ensuring people across the community 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.

“These investments from the Provincial government are very important to northern communities such as ours,” said Greg Wilson, Mayor of the City of Dryden. “We are most grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their contribution for this project and to our MPP, Minister Greg Rickford, for his ongoing support.”

“Well done and congratulations to the City on the successful application,” said Al Cesiunas, resident of Dryden. “Through the City’s efforts and the funding assistance from the provincial government, this truly is an exciting day for enhancing and increasing the recreational tennis experience in Dryden.”

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


  • 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.
  • more than $46 million through the Community Building Fund: Operating stream.

  • 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.


  • Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.