Ontario is investing funds to improve community safety in Dryden, Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls and Kenora.  

Announced on April 13, 2022, the provincial government has committed over $1.3 million over three years to provide Dryden, Sioux Narrows-Nester Falls and Kenora with new resources to safeguard the communities. 

This funding is a part of Ontario’s $267 million investment in the Community Safety and Policing (CSP) Grant Program for initiatives that help combat crime locally. 

90 police service boards, Dryden, Sioux Narrows-Nester Falls and Kenora Police Services Boards included, will receive funding through the CPS Grant Program for 147 different public safety initiatives focusing on priorities such as gun and gang violence, sexual violence and harassment, human trafficking, mental health and addictions and hate-motivated crime. 

Projects will be completed with the collaboration of community partners.  

The Dryden Police Services Board will use the funding to work with community partners and stakeholders to enhance social outcomes and make positive choices easier for all residents of the Dryden area. 

They will also focus on utilizing school programming and the community services officer to support and educate students on phone, internet and bike safety.  

The Kenora Police Services Board will use the funding to support the health, justice, mental health and addiction sectors of Kenora District that have joined together to develop a model for a mobile crisis response to better meet the needs of persons experiencing mental health and/or addictions-related crises.  

In partnership with the Kenora Chiefs Advisory Council, Kenora Police Service’s Mobile Crisis Response Team will continue to provide crisis response services for youth ages 12 to 24 in Kenora. Funding will support the team’s work to respond to crisis calls from youth, as well as meet with youth placed into care who are acutely at risk. 

The Sioux Narrows-Nester Falls Police Services Board will use the funding to cover the expense of a community services officer to help enhance community safety. The services officer will patrol the Township of Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls.  

“Community safety is a top priority, and our government has been strengthening our justice system to protect communities and hold offenders accountable,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.  

“This investment is another way we are helping police services address local challenges and improve the well-being of the people they serve. Whether to combat the opioid crisis, share intelligence, or prevent violent crime, this funding will make a difference in all corners of Ontario,” she concluded.