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$1.5 Million For Atikokan Organizations

By Adam Riley Dec 21, 2022 | 6:57 PM

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The provincial government is dropping just shy of $1.5 million to several organizations in the Atikokan area.

A lions share of $794,057 is going to the Atikokan General Hospital, there the money will be used for upgrades to the facility including roofing, windows, security systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.

Thunder Bay – Atikokan MPP Kevin Holland says he is pleases to see the funding come to the region.

“The money will allow our partners in the health care system to address urgent infrastructure renewal needs.”

The Atikokan General Hospital is a 41-bed facility that includes a long term care facility.

“We are grateful for the funding support from the Ministry that will allow us to complete our sprinkler update for the entire building.” said President and CEO Jorge Van Slyke.

Funding specific to the hospital is part of a $182 million investment through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund and the Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund.

Elsewhere in the community five other organizations are splitting $702,000 for maintenance and infrastructure repairs such as upgrading accessibility ramps and lifts, installing security systems, and retrofitting kitchen and washroom spaces

  • Beendigen Incorporated $118,900
  • Dilico Anishinabek Family Care $460,000
  • Northwestern Ontario Metis Child & Family Services $5,500
  • Rainy River District Women’s Shelter of Hope $84,100
  • Community Living Atikokan $33,500

“These upgrades are necessary to enhance safety, increase emergency preparedness, and improve facilities’ efficiency. Once completed, the improvements will provide children, youth, and families with enhanced safe and accessible spaces to continue to access critical health and social services,” said Director of Mental Health & Addiction Services for Dilico Anishinabek Family Services, Tina Bobinski. “Dilico is committed to ensuring children, youth and families receive culturally safe services that contribute to their overall wellness.”

The funding is part of a $12.2 million investment in 122 community organizations across the province which provide programs and services for residents with developmental disabilities, women and children escaping domestic violence, Indigenous people, children with special needs and mental health needs and many others.



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