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Rickford Announces Investment in Housing for Seniors and Elders in Dryden

DRYDEN – On April 21, 2022, The Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) joined the Honourable Minister Greg Rickford, and the City of Dryden to announce funding through the Province of Ontario’s Social Services Relief Fund Phase 4 program in the amount of $1,680,111 for the Senior Housing Complex being developed on Arthur Street in Dryden.

“Today’s provincial investment will help the Kenora District Services Board in serving the needs of seniors and elders, ensuring more community members will have a safe, affordable place to call home,” said Greg Rickford, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River. “As a government, we are committed to supporting service providers with the tools they need to deliver meaningful resources in Kenora-Rainy River.”

Marrbeck Construction and Keewatin-Aski Ltd have been contracted for the development of the 41-unit building by the KDSB. The housing complex will ensure that seniors in the community of Dryden have accessible housing options, regardless of their income. The development also includes an apartment for family members to utilize when visiting a family member who resides in the complex.

“On behalf of the KDSB, we want to acknowledge the strong partnerships between the KDSB, the City of Dryden, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Honourable Minister Rickford. The creation of new senior and elder housing is a community vision coming to reality. It is imperative that as a flourishing community, we can offer options that allow senior community members to stay in their community and age at home. We thank the province of Ontario for this funding allocation announced today as it will greatly contribute to a thriving and diverse place to call home,” says Barry Baltessen, Board Chair of the KDSB.

The KDSB looks forward to providing purpose-built housing that provides accessible living and opportunities for improved social connections for the 41 new senior and elder tenants. The complex will be completed during the summer of 2023. Those who are interested in receiving updates on the Dryden Senior Housing Project can sign up for ongoing newsletter communications here.