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If Elected, Ontario NDP Promises To Build & Fund Operation Of 40-bed Detox Centre In Thunder Bay

If elected, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will build and fund the operation of a 40-bed detox centre in Thunder Bay to tackle the long-standing and growing crisis of toxic drug supply and overdose deaths in Thunder Bay.

“Too many parents have had to bury their child because of a toxic overdose. It’s heartbreaking and horrifying how the opioid epidemic is taking precious lives, and tearing families apart. The enormity of the opioid and overdose epidemic is a call to action,” said Horwath.

“We will build the 40-bed detox centre that Thunder Bay needs — to stop the harm and save lives.”

Thunder Bay continues to have the highest rate of accidental overdose deaths in Ontario, with two people dying every five days in 2021. Opioid-related deaths in Thunder Bay are ten times higher than the provincial average.

The Ontario NDP will approve and fund the St. Joseph’s Care Group proposal for a much needed 40-bed integrated crisis centre in Thunder Bay. Horwath will immediately approve capital and operational funding to ensure that timelines for the project are met.

The NDP will also approve operational funding for the Junot Ave Indigenous Youth Transitional Housing Facility to immediately bring culturally appropriate support to youth living in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario who are struggling with addiction and recovery.

Horwath and the NDP will also:

  • Immediately remove arbitrary caps on safe consumption sites across Ontario to remove barriers and improve access to stigma-free services.
  • Bring mental health care under OHIP so counselling and therapy is accessible at no cost.
  • Fund primary care doctors, nurses, community health care workers and social workers to increase the number of culturally-appropriate practitioners, including immediately hiring 40 mental health practitioners in the North.
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