As they go for gold in everything they do, Kirkland Lake Gold is rising as a
champion for social services in the district of Cochrane, with a total contribution of $556,321 to
the Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (CDSSAB).

The contribution is split into two programs initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of
$356,045 is earmarked for the Homelessness and Social Distancing project – covering
accommodations, security, and support services for 30 homeless patrons to be housed at the
Northern College residence from March 26 to July 31, 2020.

Another $200,276 will be put toward the Homelessness – ‘Fresh Start’ housing and education partnership project. These funds will be spent between September 1, 2020 and April 30, 2023 to maintain five units at
Northern College to provide safe housing, food, and security while enrolling in college

“At Kirkland Lake Gold, our goal is to make a positive and lasting impact to the communities in
which we operate. That means going beyond just creating jobs and contributing to economic
prosperity,” said Alasdair Federico, Executive Vice President of KL Gold. “We look for ways to
make meaningful contributions to the community, so that everyone benefits from our presence.
By participating in the CDSSAB’s Social Distancing and Fresh Start projects, we hope to give
others the chance to Go for Gold in their own lives.”

“We are so incredibly grateful for this meaningful contribution from KL Gold,” said CDSSAB
CAO Brian Marks.

“Social distancing protocols created some issues we weren’t quite sure how
to deal with at the beginning of the pandemic, and we incurred some costs we weren’t
anticipating in order to keep everyone safe. Northern College was wonderful in offering us this
space, and the program ran very successfully. We’ve also seen some incredible willingness for
change among some of our patrons who had the opportunity to be housed at Northern College
throughout this pandemic, and the Fresh Start program was born from this. With the support of
so many generous community partners, we were able to manage the situation, and create real
change in the lives of some of our community members.”

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