Feds provide $1.5 million for ‘green upgrades’ at Michipicoten First Nation Health Centre

health centre
Image from https://michipicoten.com/services/health-and-social-services/

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The federal government is contributing more than $1.5 million to the renovation of the Michipicoten First Nation Health Centre.

Upgrades are expected to improve access and the increased footprint will give the centre space to grow its health and wellness services.

Upgrades will also provide for better exit routes should an emergency arise. Moving hand washing from a central location to sinks in each examination room will strengthen infection control measures. Additionally, the building will be modified to fully accommodate patients with mobility issues.

Green initiatives like new roofing, insulation, and solar panels will save energy. As well, the addition of a backup generator, air conditioned cooling centre for heatwaves, and disaster relief provisions will allow the facility to function as a community emergency centre.

The Michipicoten First Nation Health Centre currently serves the community by offering comprehensive health and wellness care, services, and programs in both Ojibway and English. These essential upgrades will enable the health center to better address the physical and mental health needs of youth, adults, and elders within the community.

The enhancements are expected to reduce the facility’s energy consumption by an estimated 61% and greenhouse gas emissions by 3.1 tonnes annually.

“Contributing to a healthier environment has always been and continues to be a high priority for Michipicoten. The green energy enhancements and changes to the building are necessary to promote the health and well being of our Citizens today and into the future. With a growing population in our community, we appreciate the federal government investment in helping to create positive change through these Health Centre renovations.”

The Michipicoten First Nation is located on the coast of Lake Superior, between Sudbury and Thunder Bay.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

I accept the Privacy Policy

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.