The sum invested as part of Rio Tinto’s COVID-19 Fund will help five organisations offering mental health services in the Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean region.
To help as many people as possible at a time when the pandemic has increased needs, each of the following organisations will receive $20,000: Centre de prévention du suicide 02, Tel-Aide Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, FADOQ Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Le Groupe de Ressources pour le Trouble de Panique (GRTP) et autres troubles anxieux, and the Fondation pour l’enfance et la jeunesse.
In addition to this grant, Rio Tinto is providing each organisation with a video clip to promote its services in the community.
About the COVID-19 Fund
Rio Tinto is investing US$10 million in various projects in Canada and the United States to support the efforts of the communities in which it operates and to combat COVID-19 and its social and economic impacts.
In Quebec, the Saguenay–Lac-St-Jean facilities have, among other things, donated 25,000 masks and other equipment worth approximately CAD$100,000 to local health authorities (CIUSSS), and CAD$75,000 to Entreprise Prémont to set up a new production line that helped alleviate the shortage of surgical masks. Rio Tinto also produced hand sanitiser to free up stocks for communities in the region.