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Manitoba puts $3.5 million towards recovery centre construction

Manitoba puts $3.5 million towards recovery centre construction

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is putting $3.5 million into capital construction costs for the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre.

The investment aims to enhance access to mental health and addiction treatment in Manitoba, said provincial Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen in a statement.

“The Bruce Oake Recovery Centre is a brilliant idea and we are pleased to partner with the Oake family whose vision and drive has been unequaled in their commitment to help others struggling with addiction. We look forward to the completion of the facility next spring, knowing the many benefits the recovery centre will provide to Manitoba families,” Friesen said.

The centre will add 50 residential addiction treatment beds into the addiction system, which Friesen said will alleviate pressure on existing residential treatment services and allow partnership organizations to focus on other critical levels of service.

“We are thankful the Government of Manitoba shares our vision of the importance of treatment for those suffering from addiction. This commitment helps ensure we will be able to offer recovery to those with little or no financial means,” said Scott, Anne and Darcy Oake for the Bruce Oake Memorial Foundation in a joint comment.

“Our first-born son, Bruce, lost his battle with addiction at age 25 and we began this project as a way to remember him, while at the same time hoping other families could be spared such a tragic outcome. Our family, our board of directors are truly grateful for its support and confidence,” they added.

The facility is scheduled to open in spring 2021.

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