Fort Frances Out of the Cold centre sees funding boost


Centre has been provided with $1.4 million for ongoing renovations and transitional housing

The Ontario government is providing $1.4 million to the Out of the Cold Warming Centre in Fort Frances.

The funding is for the former church to be retrofitted and for transitional housing to be implemented.

Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board CAO Dan McCormick said without this support, the Board would have been unable to develop the warming centre.

MPP Greg Rickford said his government is committed to ensuring more community members have a safe, affordable place to call home.

Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing praised Rickford’s support of the housing projects.

“Supporting innovative solutions like these is critical,” said Clark.

A funding boost will enable the Fort Frances Out of the Cold warming Centre to retrofit its location, and add transitional housing units. – Facebook photo

This funding is part of the Ontario government’s $3.6 million investment to support seven housing projects in Kenora-Rainy River through the Social Services Relief Fund.

Ontario launched the Fund in March 2020 to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable.

Throughout the pandemic, the Fund has provided over $1 billion to help municipalities and Indigenous program partners create longer-term housing solutions.