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December 2023 Monthly Review

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Investments in the Riding

TBPS Upgrading their Emergency Response System

The Thunder Bay Police Service is receiving $391,700 to upgrade their emergency response system and prepare for “Next Generation 9-1-1.”

Learn more:…/ontario-investing-in…

Provincial Investment to Critical Upgrades at St. Joseph’s Care Group

On behalf of the Minister of Health, Sylvia Jones I’m excited to announce that the province is investing over $2 million to support critical upgrades at St. Joseph’s Care Group !

Additionally, I would like to congratulate St. Joseph’s Hospital on the additional $100,000 from the Fort William Rotary club that will go towards a new nurse call bell system.

Read more on our website:…/

Over $11 Million OCIF Investment to Renew Critical Infrastructure

I’m pleased to announce that the province is investing $11,752,227 through OCIF to help renew critical infrastructure in the following municipalities; Thunder Bay, Oliver Paipoonge, O’Connor, Neebing, Gillies, Conmee, and Atikokan.

This funding has doubled since last year to help municipalities repair and build infrastructure to keep communities safe, vibrant and welcoming.

I think its important to also announce that the province is also investing $2,372,863 in OCIF funds to the following municipalities of Thunder Bay – Superior North; Dorion, Greenstone, Marathon, Nipigon, Red Rock, Schreiber, Shuniah, Terrace Bay, Armstrong Services Board, and Rossport Services Board.

For more information see the news release on our website:…/

Significant Investments in Atikokan

Exciting news for the Atikokan community! I announced 4 significant investments on behalf of Ministers Graydon Smith, Kinga Surma, Stephen Lecce, and Sylvia Jones. Here’s a breakdown of the funds:

$32,500 in funding to support Alternative Level of Care (ALC) and Patient Flow initiatives.

$57,653 in funding for After School Program

$510,754 in funding to help renew and rehabilitate critical infrastructure.

$60 Million to rehabilitate the former mine site from contaminated soil and water.

Kakabeka Legions Annual Rural Cupboard Food Bank Christmas Dinner

I attended Kakabeka Legions annual Rural Cupboard Food Bank Christmas Dinner. While there, I announced that the Legion will receive $109,500 capital grant to install a new roof for the building!

$2.6 Million for Alternative Levels of Care and Patient Flow Initiatives

I’m excited to announce on behalf of Minister Sylvia Jones, Wesway, Meals on Wheels Thunder Bay, and the Alzheimer’s Society of Thunder Bay are receiving funding totaling $2,686,600 for Alternative Levels of Care and Patient Flow initiatives.

Congratulations to the 3 organizations who recieved this funding and thank you to Wesway for hosting this announcement!

See Funding Breakdown and News Release below:

Wesway: $2,546,500

Meals on Wheels: $50,000

Alzheimer’s Society: $90,100

$339,500 in OTF Funding to 3 Non-profit Organizations

I was pleased to announce $339,500 in Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) capital grant funding to 3 different non-profit organizations in the city.

The recipients of this funding are Beendigen that will receive $120,200, the Regional Food Distribution Association (RFDA) that will receive $150,000, and the Thunder Bay Gymnastics Association that will receive $69,300.

Thank you to everyone who came and attended this announcement and to the RFDA for hosting!

TBRHSC Receives over $1.2 Million in ALC and Patient Flow Initiatives

On behalf of Minister Sylvia Jones, I’m happy to announce that the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is receiving $1,284,600 through the Alternative Levels of Care (ALC) and Patient Flow initiatives.

Events in the Riding

Tour of RegenMed

I had the great opportunity to tour RegenMed!

RegenMed is a not for profit human tissue bank and also innovators in healthcare industry.

They are introducing a Canadian-invented decellularized human skin tech that will vastly improve the standard of care related to healing chronic wounds.

Thank you again for giving us the opportunity to tour your facilities!

Stuff the Cruiser in Support of the Rural Cupboard Food Bank

I stopped in Kakabeka to talk with the the officers and community members that were helping with the Stuff the cruiser in support of the rural cupboard food bank. Thank you to everyone involved for all the great work you are doing!

NOHFC Funding to Borderlands Farm

Congratulations to Beverly and Bryan of Borderlands Farm for successfully receiving NOFHC funding towards new machines to process wool into yarn.

Thank you for having me out to the farm, it was a great experience to see first hand how the processing of wool works!

Meetings this Month

Meeting with Ontario Public School Board Association

I had the pleasure meeting with members from the Ontario Public School Board Association (OPSBA) at Queens park. We had great discussions about outstanding achievements of public schools across Ontario, and how we can continue to improve our education system.

Meeting with Volker Kromm

Had a great meeting with Volker Kromm of the RFDA while in Queens Park.

Looking forward to future conversations!

Meetings in Atikokan

I had productive meetings in Atikokan with the Mayor of Atikokan Rob Ferguson and CAO of Atikokan Jason Young. As well as, the Atikokan General Hospital and Community Living Atikokan.


Passing of Bishop Racicot

I am saddened to learn of the passing of Bishop Racicot. I first met Bishop when he was elected as a councillor for O’Connor Township. Being from the neighbouring township we worked together on a number of items. From this, grew a friendship with Bishop that I valued very much.

Bishop was the type of guy that was truly and genuinely happy with any achievement of the people he knew.

He was always positive and upbeat, even during some very challenging times in his life.

He was a good guy and I am going to miss him.

To Linda Racicot,Mitch and the whole Racicot family Lori and I send you our deepest sympathy.

To the Township of O’Connor and all in the municipal field that knew him, we share your loss.

RIP Bishop.