New police building for Couchiching


Couchiching First Nation will receive nearly $1.7 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments to buy a new pre-fabricated building for police officers.
The modular building will be built-off site, but delivered and installed on land designated by the community.
The total amount of funding is $1,692,870, with a federal share being $880,292.40 and provincial share of $812,577.60.
Tuesday’s announcement was part of a joint investment of $20 million to improve policing infrastructure in 12 First Nations’ communities in Ontario.
“This government is committed to giving our police the tools they need to prevent and solve crimes,” said federal Public Safety minister Peter Van Loan.
“Modern facilities are needed to give law enforcement the upper hand to tackle modern criminals.
“Through these investments from Canada’s Economic Action Plan, we are helping make streets in First Nations’ communities safer,” he added.
“Ontario is committed to providing our law enforcement partners with modern infrastructure through investments such as the one we are announcing today,” said Ontario Community Safety minister Rick Bartolucci.
“Our government will continue to work with our First Nations and policing partners to move the yardsticks forward so that all Ontarians have the level of policing that is needed in their communities,” he pledged.
As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the federal government is providing $10.4 million of the total $20-million investment to improve First Nations’ policing infrastructure.
The province is investing $9.6 million.