Backgrounder: Investing in Northern Ontario to respond to the impacts of COVID-19


Backgrounder: Investing in Northern Ontario to respond to the impacts of COVID-19

Joint federal and provincial funding through the Investing in Canada plan will support 9 projects in the Districts of Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora and Timiskaming of Northern Ontario.

This funding will have a positive impact on thousands of families, community programs and services, as municipalities adapt to the changing needs of their citizens as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government of Canada is investing $1,082,178 toward these projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Ontario is contributing $270,544.60 to the projects.

Funding recipients:

Project Name

Project Description

Federal Funding

Timmins City Hall Retrofit

The project will retrofit the City Hall building in Timmins, Ontario in order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will install protective barriers and partitions/walls throughout the building and upgrade the meeting room to allow for safe separation of meeting attendees and video conference capabilities.


Airport Road Multi-use Path and Connecting Trails

The project will extend multi-use paths and create connecting trails and bike lanes in Timmins


Dehumidifier Install in Kenora Recreation Centre

The purpose of the project is to install one roof-top dehumidifier at the Kenora Recreation Centre arena. In order to do so, electrical and gas upgrades will be completed, the arena roof will be reinforced to accommodate the additional weight, and the necessary ducting and interconnections will be installed with appropriate weather- and water-proofing measures.


Connecting a Multi-Use Pathway in Cochrane

The project will support active transportation in the Town of Cochrane by constructing 350m of multi-use paths and boardwalks by Lake Commando


Safety Retrofits to New Municipal Office in Black River-Matheson Township

The project will retrofit the interior of the municipal building in response to COVID-19 located in the Township of Black River-Matheson. This project will include retrofitting the municipal office space. The rooms will be expanded to respect physical distancing, the second floor of the building will be expanded to support physical distancing, and  additional washrooms will be built to ensure distancing protocols can be followed


Rehabilitation of Riverside Park Sidewalk Pathway in the town of Kapuskasing

The project will replace and widen deteriorating sidewalks in Riverside Park.


Retrofit of ice plant in Kirkland Lake's recreation complex

The project will retrofit and upgrade the recreation complex in the Town of Kirkland Lake by upgrading the ice rink facilities.


Front Street Community Park Upgrade and Expansion in Hornepayne Township

The project will upgrade and expand Front Street Community Park in Hornepayne, Ontario. The project will install new play structures, picnic tables, a bike rack, outdoor fitness equipment, fencing and signage, and construct a new walking path.


Construction of New Receiving Bay in the Town of Hearst

The project will build a new receiving bay at the Foyer Des Pionniers long term care facility in the Town of Hearst.


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