Kenora city councillor Kirsi Ralko says Kenora is smaller than Peterborough -- in terms of population -- but she notes they have roughly the same number of homeless at about 220.

"Despite this, Peterborough received $3.4 million through the community homelessness prevention initiative, while Kenora received $1.9 million," Ralko noted, during a delegation before the province's finance committee last week.

The difference is $1.5 million, even though Kenora's population of more than 15,000 is just a fraction of Peteborough's 81,000. Provincial help with supports for the homeless would help ease the burden on the city's ratepayers, Ralko added.

Queen's Park is already taking steps to reduce the number of accused waiting for court dates, create more beds in Kenora for those involved in the legal system, as well as supports for those in need on the street.

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