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McGuinty Government Invests In Better Long-Term Care Facilities For Kenora And Dryden

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McGuinty Government Invests In Better Long-Term Care Facilities For Kenora And Dryden

KENORA - The McGuinty government is enhancing the quality of life for northwestern Ontario's elderly citizens by investing $1.2 million to upgrade a long-term care facility in Kenora and expand another in Dryden, Northern Development and Mines Minister and Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) Chair Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Providing the best possible quality of life to our senior citizens is a fundamental staple of a caring society," said Bartolucci. "I am very pleased that provincial support will help expand and improve facilities and services in Kenora and Dryden."

The NOHFC will provide funding to the Kenora District Home for the Aged, including $750,000 to the Pinecrest Home in Kenora for improvements including a new roof, window replacement, accessibility enhancements and kitchen renovations. In Dryden, the Princess Court centre will receive $450,000 to build an expanded facility and add 32 new beds to the home.

"By working to keep our people healthy -- and care for them when they need care -- we are protecting our most precious resource," said Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman. "We have a shared responsibility to protect from harm and care in times of need."

"This funding will not only help improve accommodations for the area's seniors but also create construction jobs and provide ongoing employment for staff at both facilities," said Bartolucci. "From our most elderly residents to the North's youth, our government is working to support initiatives that return hope and opportunity to our communities."

The McGuinty government is returning the Fund to its original mandate of fostering private sector job creation. The NOHFC is working in partnership with the private sector and other levels of government to diversify the northern economy and stimulate job growth. It is an essential part of the government's commitment to delivering a four-year plan for positive change across Northern Ontario.

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