October 27th - Application System Under Maintenance

Posted on October 26, 2021

NOHFC's online application system will be under maintenance on October 27th, from 10AM to 7PM.

As part of the maintenance, we are making improvements to the People and Talent Applications to improve the client experience when applying to the program. As a result, Applications to the People and Talent program will not be able to be submitted to NOHFC until after maintenance is complete.

If you have any questions, please contact the Regional Economic Development Branch office nearest you.

Following the maintenance period, if you are experiencing any technical issues with your application system account, or in-progress applications, please send a detailed e-mail to

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Ontario Takes Steps to Increase Economic Development and Job Creation in the North

Posted on February 11, 2021

QUEEN'S PARK - The Ontario government is launching new and improved Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) programs to help increase economic development and promote job creation in the North. The four new programs will target existing and emerging markets, support more projects in small rural communities, address the skilled labour shortage and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply.

"Our government took every opportunity to engage with northern municipal leaders, Indigenous partners, non-profits and businesses to seek feedback on how we can modernize NOHFC programs and better respond to the unique needs of the North," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Minister of Indigenous Affairs and MPP for Kenora-Rainy River. "Our new programming will streamline the application process and help build strong and resilient local economies by making targeted investments in northern businesses, community organizations and municipalities - bringing good jobs and prosperity to every corner of Northern Ontario."

The following new programs begin today and replace the NOHFC's existing programs:

  • The Community Enhancement Program will facilitate upgrades and repairs to vital community assets, such as recreational facilities, community centres and broadband infrastructure that contribute to improved quality of life and support strategic economic development initiatives
  • The Cultural Supports Program will promote and showcase Northern Ontario's culture, geography, and talent through the production of films and television series and by supporting events, such as conferences and festivals that elevate the profile of communities
  • The Invest North Program will boost economic growth and attract more investment to the North by supporting business development and expansion, as well as research and commercialization of new technologies
  • The People and Talent Program will attract, develop, and retain a strong northern workforce by supporting a broader range of internships and apprenticeships and providing more opportunities for Indigenous people to gain job experience

"These exciting new programs will improve and simplify funding delivery to communities and businesses across Northern Ontario," said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. "As we work together to recover as a province from the effects of COVID-19, new and improved supports for infrastructure, culture, economic development and training will ensure that our North thrives and emerges stronger than ever before."

"It's great to see the reopening of funding applications to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation," said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. "The NOHFC has played a critical role in helping many businesses in Northern Ontario adapt and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses in Sault Ste. Marie have shown incredible community spirit and resilience but are eager to get back to work. Opening up applications again will help our businesses continue to diversify and grow our local economy."

"The NOHFC programs have always been a great support to northern businesses," said Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka. "However, I have often heard about difficulties accessing them due to the onerous application process. The changes announced today directly address this concern and will greatly assist businesses and communities in Northern Ontario moving forward. I am particularly pleased to see attention being given to broadband infrastructure, job training and apprenticeships."

Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $262 million in 2,549 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.1 billion in investment and creating or sustaining 4,771 jobs. A running list of projects that received NOHFC funding can be found on the corporation's website.

Quick Facts

  • The NOHFC is a board-governed agency of the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines with a mandate to promote economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects big and small, rural and urban.

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Important information regarding NOHFC service delivery changes

Posted on April 09, 2020

NOHFC remains open to assist with your economic development project. To ensure your project continues to move forward, we are now accepting all documents electronically, including payment claims, contracts, contract changes, and other important documents and forms. Applications will continue to be accepted through the online application portal.

For support with managing and signing electronic documents click here to view our tip sheet, which provides instructions on how to:

• Return Electronically Signed Documents to NOHFC

• Return Physically Signed Documents to NOHFC

• Scan Physical Documents with your Mobile Device

• E-mail Signed PDF Documents

• Sign Documents in Microsoft Word

How to contact NOHFC

We want to let you know that our team remains available by e-mail or telephone. If you have a question regarding your project, please contact your project officer. If you are unsure which project officer is assigned to your project, please call our toll-free number at 1-800-461-8329 or e-mail us at

If you are experiencing technical issues with or the online application system, please contact Mike Orazietti – Stakeholder Outreach Coordinator at

For all other questions, comments, or feedback, please complete our web contact form, or contact the relevant staff member or representative by e-mail or telephone.

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Posted on September 05, 2018

Please be advised we are aware of a current scam using the likeness of Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) stating you have won a financial award. If you are contacted via phone, text or email asking you to send any sum of money to an individual please disregard.

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