The Ontario government is pledging over $240,000 to support youth, families and seniors in Machin.

Kenora – Rainy River MPP, Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Minister of Northern Development, Greg Rickford, was in Machin yesterday to announce four projects aimed to support local youth, gym-goers and seniors throughout the community.

“We are extremely grateful to be receiving these grants from the provincial government,” said Mayor Gordon Griffiths, Municipality of Machin. “Without funding from the government, none of these projects would have been possible.”

“COVID-19 affected every community, but I feel it made a larger impact on smaller communities like ourselves. Our projects are aimed at bringing residents back out into the community in a safe setting,” adds Griffiths.

Ontario’s funding to the Municipality of Machin includes:

- $106,400 to install new playground equipment through the Trillium Foundation,
- $97,200 to hire a full-time Recreation Facilitator, arts and yoga instructors and new equipment,
- $28,600 to the Happy Go Lucky Seniors’ Centre for additional operating funding,
- $7,824 to improve wireless internet at the Happy Go Lucky Seniors’ Centre, to help them host additional events and interactive travel experiences.

“As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize the importance of staying active at all ages for our mental health and wellbeing,” said Greg Rickford, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River. “Our government is pleased to invest in community projects, like the ones we are celebrating today in Machin, that make a big difference in the lives of seniors and families.”

The Ontario government adds the Trillium Foundation invested nearly $209 million into over 2,000 community projects across the province in 2022.