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More Lights, Camera and Action in Nipissing District

Posted on February 03, 2023

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $3 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to eight Nipissing District film and television productions. This investment will help create industry jobs, showcase northern talent and increase the quality of films and TV series produced in Northern Ontario.

"With these investments, we are contributing to the region's reputation as a top film and TV production centre in Canada," said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. "Our government is committed to strengthening this growing local industry because these investments create jobs, develop homegrown talent and support other businesses in the area.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $500,000 for Be Mine Productions to produce the Hallmark film I’m Glad It’s Christmas, in North Bay
  • $500,000 for HP Drive In Productions Inc. to produce the Hallmark film Christmas Drive-in, in North Bay
  • $500,000 for HP Into Winter Productions Inc. to produce the holiday movie Fall Into Winter, in North Bay
  • $500,000 for Love Song H22D Inc. to produce the made-for-TV movie Writing A Love Song, in North Bay
  • $500,000 for Motel WFTBU Inc. to produce the feature film We Forgot To Break Up, in North Bay
  • $440,238 for Whimper Productions Inc. to produce the feature film Civil, in North Bay
  • $280,000 for New Tang Dynasty Television to produce the two-episode television series The Royal Welch Chen Jones, in North Bay
  • $150,000 for The Time We Met Productions Inc. to produce the feature film Mockingbird, in Whitney.

“Through targeted investments, we are putting a spotlight on Northern Ontario’s film and television industry,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “It is a priority for our government to continue to strengthen this vital sector in our northern communities.”

“Some of Ontario’s most breathtaking landscapes are in Nipissing District,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “With this investment, our government is attracting more film and television projects that showcase the beauty of this region on the world stage, while also creating jobs and boosting both provincial and local economies.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north.
  • The NOHFC’s Cultural Supports Program showcases Northern Ontario culture, geography and talent through event partnerships and support for the production of films and TV series.

Additional Resources

Quotes

“We are pleased to be in partnership with the NOHFC on Writing A Love Song. Their support and the tremendous crews in the north allow us to bring the creative on this film to its fullest potential.” – Jesse Ikeman, Producer of Writing A Love Song

“The NOHFC has been a collaborative production partner and an overall asset to the We Forgot To Break Up production phase. Shooting in North Bay with northern crew and vendors went smoothly.” – Nicole Hilliard-Forde, Producer of We Forgot To Break Up

“The NOHFC has created a wonderful platform to allow indie filmmakers the opportunity to tell their unique stories with amazing film infrastructure and beautiful landscapes to support their vision. For this reason, our film Civil was fortunate enough to have some of the best crews, locations, resources and talent all be part of our team and bring this beautiful and diverse story to life. Northern Ontario truly is the Hollywood of the north, and we are excited to return in the future with our next film.” – Yas Taalat, Producer of Civil

“Northern Ontario has become for our movie and television production company the new gateway to Canadian multiculturalism. Northerners are welcoming, bilingual, enthusiastic and incredibly hardworking. In North Bay, we’ve had the opportunity to work with local cast and crew who hail from all parts of the globe who have brought skills and expertise that fashion a fantastic product.” – Joel Etienne, Director of The Royal Welch Chen Jones

“Mockingbird, quite simply, could not have been made without the support of the NOHFC. The gorgeous scenery of Algonquin Park is essentially a key character in our film, and we can’t wait for the world to see this beautiful, remote corner of Northern Ontario up on the big screen." – Jonas Chernick, Actor, Writer and Producer of Mockingbird

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Thunder Bay

Posted on February 02, 2023

THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is providing $255,752 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for eight job placement opportunities in Thunder Bay. This investment will help strengthen and develop Northern Ontario’s health sciences sector workforce.

“Our government is hard at work making targeted investments that support economic development and growth right here in Thunder Bay,” said Kevin Holland, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan. “These investments demonstrate how, together with our northern partners, we are building strong, vibrant communities and creating real opportunities for the people who live in the North.”

The NOHFC is funding the following internships:

  • $140,000 for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre to hire four Research Assistant Interns and $10,752 to hire a Human Resources Intern
  • $105,000 for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute to hire three Research Assistant Interns.

“Our Ontario-wide health care system is a partnership in its truest form, and with this support from our partners at the NOHFC and Ontario government we can strengthen and develop talent right here in Northwestern Ontario," said Dr. Rhonda Crocker Ellacott, President and CEO of Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and CEO of Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute. "Our interns are working with world-class researchers on innovative technology and clinical research that can directly have a positive impact on people and patient care. I’d like to thank everyone involved for helping make this happen."

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

“We are helping people find opportunities to gain hands-on experience and build rewarding careers here in Northern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our investment helps connect health research facilities to talented individuals, securing highly skilled, good-paying jobs.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the North.

Additional Resources

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

Media Desk, Communications Branch -- mediadesk.ndm@ontario.ca

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Ontario Fostering Business Expansion in the Timmins Region

Posted on February 01, 2023

TIMMINS – The Ontario government is providing more than $440,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to two companies in the Timmins region to support business expansion and development. This investment will help create jobs, increase operational capacity and boost economic growth in northeastern Ontario.

“Supporting businesses in the area like Missinaibi Drilling Services Ltd. and Robert Rubino Trucking Ltd. will help build a stronger, more resilient and prosperous community,” said George Pirie, MPP for Timmins.

Robert Rubino Trucking Ltd. specializes in industrial hauling and float services. The company will use NOHFC funding of $283,953 to expand its facility and trucking fleet, which will increase service and repair capacity, reduce backlog downtime and get trucks back on the road faster. The expansion will increase local natural resource transport capacity, including for the local mining sector.

Missinaibi Drilling Services Ltd. provides drilling services to the mining industry. It will use NOHFC funding of $156,379 to purchase another custom drill rig and several other major pieces of equipment, which will help the company meet contracts held with several mining companies.

“Our government is helping northern Ontario thrive and stay competitive with funding for local businesses that will bring direct economic benefits to the Timmins region and the north, said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “NOHFC funding is increasing service capacity for our local mining and mineral sector, which will boost spending to local businesses and create new full-time jobs.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north.
  • The acquisition of Missinaibi Drilling Services Ltd.’s first drill and other necessary pieces of equipment was accomplished with the assistance of a grant of $200,000 from the NOHFC in 2019.

Additional Resources

  • The NOHFC’s Invest North Program boosts economic growth and attracts more investment by supporting business development, expansion and innovation.

Quotes

“Financial assistance provided by the Ontario government will help improve the quality and efficiency of our existing trucking services and expand our transport capacity for the sectors that we serve,” said Robert Rubino, Robert Rubino Trucking Ltd.

This NOHFC funding that is towards the purchase of additional drilling equipment will help our team continue to thoroughly execute drilling projects safely and on time,” said René Turgeon, Missinaibi Drilling Services Ltd.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

Media Desk, Communications Branch -- mediadesk.ndm@ontario.ca

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Thunder Bay

Posted on January 30, 2023

THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $68,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to Female Boarder Coalition in Thunder Bay for two internship opportunities at the Cinema 5 Skatepark. This investment will help strengthen and develop northern Ontario’s workforce.

“Our government is hard at work making targeted investments that support economic development and growth right here in Thunder Bay,” said Kevin Holland, MPP for Thunder Bay—Atikokan. “These investments demonstrate how, together with our northern partners, we are building strong, vibrant communities and creating real opportunities for the people who live in the north.”

Female Boarder Coalition provides a safe and inclusive space for skateboarding in Thunder Bay, with dedicated programs for people who identify as female, non-binary and 2SLGBTQQIA+. The not-for-profit corporation will use NOHFC funding of $68,890 to hire a:

  • Park Project Officer to manage daily operations of the Cinema 5 Skatepark and shop;
  • Project Co-ordination Officer to develop and implement skatepark programs such as after-school programs, professional development days and winter/summer camps.

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

“With the support of the NOHFC People and Talent Program Workforce Development Stream, the Female Boarder Coalition and Cinema 5 Skatepark will be able to provide important skills and training for two intern positions that will build valuable and transferable skills to the workforce and help us fulfill our mission,” said Vanessa Bowles, Founder and Executive Director of the Female Boarder Coalition. “The community will benefit from the impact these positions will have on the youth who are accessing the indoor skatepark and our programs.”

“Our government is helping more northern Ontario businesses provide on-the-job career development,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “NOHFC funding is helping address skilled labour shortages and creating new opportunities for diverse local talent.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • The construction of the Cinema 5 Skatepark, an indoor skatepark offering year-round skateboard and snowboard programs to all Thunder Bay residents, was accomplished with the assistance of a grant of $58,253 from the NOHFC in 2022.
  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north.

Additional Resources

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

Media Desk, Communications Branch -- mediadesk.ndm@ontario.ca

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Ontario Fostering Business Innovation and Expansion in Sault Ste. Marie

Posted on January 27, 2023

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario government is providing more than $112,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to SK Group Inc. in Sault Ste. Marie to support business expansion and development. This investment will help create jobs, increase operational capacity and boost economic growth in the north.

“SK Group has been serving our community for more that 30 years. I am pleased to announce that NOHFC has provided $112, 672 in funding for the purchase of equipment that will help expand their business and create new full-time positions,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie.

SK Group Inc. is a manufacturing company specializing in promotional branding solutions, with products and services including imprintable wearables and printing for signs, banners and decals. The company will use NOHFC funding of $112,672 to purchase a new direct-to-garment (DTG) printer that will enhance production capabilities, decrease production timelines and keep up with increased demand.

“The funding received from the NOHFC has allowed us to expand our apparel decoration offerings to include an exciting new technology known as direct-to-garment printing that allows us to print full colour images on apparel while significantly reducing our environmental impact. DTG printing uses water based inks and eliminates the waste by-products of traditionally screen-printed and heat-pressed vinyl graphics,” said Sherry Berlinghoff, SK Group Inc., President. “DTG printing will shorten our turnaround times, provide greater design flexibility and an eco-friendly alternative for apparel printing.”

“Supporting local businesses as they expand and innovate helps create jobs, keeps the north competitive and attracts new investment,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “NOHFC funding is helping bring in new equipment and technology to northern Ontario, leading to economic diversification and creating new employment opportunities in Sault Ste. Marie.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north.

Additional Resources

The NOHFC’s Invest North Program boosts economic growth and attracts more investment by supporting business development, expansion and innovation.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

Media Desk, Communications Branch -- mediadesk.ndm@ontario.ca

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Ontario Bringing Economic Opportunities to the Northeast

Posted on January 12, 2023

TIMMINS – The Ontario government is providing more than $4 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to 13 economic development projects in the northeast. This investment will help create jobs, expand company operations and improve quality of life for northerners.

“Supporting community and businesses development creates jobs, keeps the north competitive and attracts new investment,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our government is helping companies and communities thrive, and providing real opportunities in Northeastern Ontario.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $1,238,675 for L’Université de Hearst – Ontario’s first Francophone university – to modernize and add teaching space to its Hearst Campus
  • $500,000 for the Town of Kapuskasing to refurbish the exterior of the Kapuskasing Civic Centre
  • $400,000 for Lecours Lumber Co. Limited – a softwood lumber manufacturer in Calstock – to purchase equipment
  • $400,000 for Pineland Contracting – a wood supply and services company in Moonbeam – to purchase equipment
  • $341,960 for DCS Services LP – a mine site services and maintenance company in Cochrane – to purchase equipment
  • $300,000 for Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa – a resort in Timmins – to build additional accommodations and purchase equipment
  • $256,400 for Maurice Welding – a custom steel fabrication shop in Kapuskasing – to purchase and renovate the building it is currently leasing, as well as $98,352 to purchase equipment
  • $200,000 for the Township of Fauquier-Strickland to refurbish the exterior of the Fauquier-Strickland Community Centre
  • $151,351 for Moonbeam Machine Shop & Welding to expand its facility and purchase equipment
  • $120,541 for Northern Truss – a wood products manufacturer in Moonbeam – to construct a new building and purchase a truck
  • $81,000 for the Local Services Board of Hallebourg to renovate the Hallebourg Community Centre
  • $35,706 for Attawapiskat Pharmacy Inc. to establish a community pharmacy in Attawapiskat First Nation.“Our government is investing $4 million in projects and businesses across the northeast to build Northern Ontario’s economy,” said George Pirie, MPP for Timmins. “This investment includes $300,000 for Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa in my home riding of Timmins for equipment upgrades that will ensure they can continue to provide the wilderness and relaxation experiences that Cedar Meadows is renowned for."

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $580 million in 4,997 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,900 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north.

Additional Resources

Quotes

"The building we want to renovate was built in 1958. 65 years later, our classrooms are too small, not numerous enough, and not well adapted in terms of technology. NOHFC's funding contribution comes at the perfect time for us to modernize our Hearst Campus and continue our growth in and for Northern Ontario." – Luc Bussières, President, Université de Hearst

“NOHFC’s programs are instrumental for the development of the economy in Northern Ontario. Our project is one example what can be accomplished when the Ontario government gets involved. We will continue to expand our business and employ more people so we can attract more visitors to the north. We are forever grateful.” – Richard Lafleur, President, Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa

“The Local Services Board of Hallebourg would like to thank NOHFC for its financial support for our small community. With these funds, we were able to repair, improve and make accessible our community hall, as well as purchase new play structures to improve our community park for our young, growing families. Without Ontario government support, we would not have been able to do all these renovations in a single year.” – Gaëtane Hébert, Chair, Local Services Board of Hallebourg

“Because of NOHFC support, the dream came true. Attawapiskat community members now have access to a full services pharmacy. We would like to express our gratitude to the Ontario government.’ – Mohammed Goda, Owner and Manager, Attawapiskat Pharmacy Inc.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Bringing Economic and Job Training Opportunities to Atikokan

Posted on December 21, 2022

Ontario Bringing Economic and Job Training Opportunities
to Atikokan

Provincial investment supporting business growth and skills development

NEWS

December 21, 2022

ATIKOKAN – The Ontario government is providing more than $706,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to six business development projects in Atikokan. This investment will help create jobs and expand company operations in the northwest.

The following projects are receiving NOHFC funding:

  • $539,773 for BioPower Sustainable Energy Corporation – a manufacturer of commercial and residential grade wood pellets – to purchase new equipment to diversify its product offerings, increase its production capacity and expand its market presence into the United States and Italy
  • $66,664 for Branch’s Seine River Lodge Outfitters – a hunting and fishing lodge – to upgrade and winterize its facilities and purchase new equipment
  • $35,000 for the Atikokan General Hospital to hire a Rehabilitation Aide Intern
  • $35,000 for the Museum of Atikokan to hire a Curatorial and Archivist Assistant Intern
  • $26,312 for Caron's Auto – a car repair shop – to hire an Automotive Mechanic Apprentice
  • $3,620 for Beaten Path Nordic Trails – a non-profit cross-country ski club that operates 30 kilometers of trails connecting Atikokan to Quetico Provincial Park – to purchase a mechanical brusher for the maintenance of the trail system.

“Supporting internships and local businesses will help create jobs, keep the north competitive and attract new investment,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our government is helping companies thrive and providing real opportunities for employment in Atikokan.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north.

Additional Resources

Quotes

“The NOHFC has been instrumental in reducing the rehabilitation waitlist for Atikokan. The funding that Atikokan General Hospital received was used to hire a Rehabilitation Aide Intern. This intern support increased mobility programs for our long-term care residents and alternate level of care patients. The hospital is extremely grateful for this support, which directly impacted the quality of care for Atikokan and surrounding communities. Thank you!" – Jorge VanSlyke, President and CEO, Atikokan General Hospital

“The NOHFC’s internship program is invaluable to the modernization of the museum operation, helping transform the management of the museum from the slow and difficult years of paper records to digital records. The museum collection was established 50 years ago, so there is a massive amount of work in the digitization effort. The Curatorial and Archivist Assistant Intern is benefiting from practical, hands-on experience and has brought skills, interests and talents that serve them well in their work.” – Lois Fenton, Curator, Museum of Atikokan

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Media Contacts

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Erika Robson, Minister’s Office

416-450-1309

erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Growing Agriculture Sector in Rainy River District

Posted on December 20, 2022

EMO – The Ontario government is providing $1 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Rainy River Future Development Corporation (RRFDC) to administer a tile drainage installation project in the Rainy River District. This investment will create jobs, improve crop yields and stimulate economic development in the northwest.

“Our provincial government recognizes the importance and significance of farmers to the north’s economic prosperity,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “We are proud to invest in tile drainage projects that lead to quality arable land, a longer growing season and larger, healthier crops.”

The RRFDC is a membership-driven, community-based non-profit corporation that assists with business development throughout the Rainy River District by offering a variety of services to the community. It will use NOHFC funding to support the installation of tile drainage on approximately 1,900 acres, benefitting a consortium of 14 local producers.

Installing tile drainage is a common land improvement practice among farmers in Ontario. It is highly effective at creating more consistent crop yields and promoting a longer growing season, while reducing plant stress, soil erosion, and wear and tear on equipment.

“The RRFDC is pleased with the NOHFC's continued support of the Rainy River District's agricultural community,” said Gordon Armstrong, President, RRFDC. “The tile drainage projects have improved our crop lands, created employment and expanded the area's economy."

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • Tile drainage is the installation of corrugated plastic tubing and concrete drain tile beneath the surface of agricultural land to drain excess water from the crop root zone.
  • The NOHFC has invested more than $17.3 million in 21 tile drainage projects across Northern Ontario since June 2018. This funding has leveraged an additional $16.1 million in economic activity, resulting in total agricultural improvements on more than 30,000 acres.
  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north.

Additional Resources

  • The NOHFC’s Invest North Program boosts economic growth and attracts more investment by supporting business development, expansion and innovation.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Promoting Healthy Active Lifestyle in Dryden

Posted on December 19, 2022

DRYDEN – The Ontario government is providing $200,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Dryden Ski Club to upgrade the local ski hill and chalet. This investment is developing community recreational infrastructure, supporting social connections and improving quality of life for northerners.

“Our government is focused on investing in communities and creating vibrant recreational facilities that promote health and improve wellness,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “The Dryden Ski Club provides inclusive activities and programming for all ages and abilities, and today’s investment will only enhance the club’s offerings.”

The Dryden Ski Club is a non-profit that operates the local ski hill and chalet, maintaining trails for snowboarding, snowshoeing, skijoring, kick-sledding, cross-country and alpine skiing in the winter, as well as for hiking, biking and dog-walking in the spring, summer and fall.

The club will use NOHFC funding to refurbish the ski hill and chalet. Key upgrades to the chalet include expanding the outdoor patio, installing new windows and LED lighting, updating the washrooms, and purchasing interior furnishings and a speaker system. Key upgrades to the ski hill include installing LED lighting for improved night skiing, and landscaping the runs.

The project will extend the club’s use of the facilities into the off-season, allowing for new venue rental opportunities and increasing the social and recreational opportunities for community members and tourists alike.

“The Dryden Ski Club is incredibly grateful for the funding received through the NOHFC,” said Bev Churchill, President, Dryden Ski Club. “We have seen an unprecedented growth in membership and use over the past three years, particularly in the number of youths who use our facilities. Without this support from the Ontario government, we would not be able to modernize and grow.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north.

Additional Resources

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

Media Desk, Communications Branch -- mediadesk.ndm@ontario.ca

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Nipissing

Posted on December 19, 2022

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $1.5 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for 53 job placement opportunities in Nipissing. This investment will help strengthen and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce.

“By providing financial assistance for businesses to hire interns, our government is helping strengthen Nipissing’s workforce,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “Through the province’s Open for Business strategy, we are making Northern Ontario more attractive to investors, entrepreneurs and job creators.”

Investments include:

  • $67,292 for Northland Glass & Metal to hire two Project Manager intern
  • $64,762 for Drillco Mining and Exploration to hire a Mechanical Engineer Intern and an Inventory Manager and Purchasing Agent Intern
  • $63,471 for One Red Maple to hire a Business Development Intern and a Junior Software Developer Intern
  • $54,941 for Critchley Hill Architecture to hire two Architect Interns
  • $20,649 for Jackman’s to hire a Florist Intern.

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

“We are helping northerners find new opportunities to gain hands-on experience to build careers right here at home in Northern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our investment helps connect businesses to local, talented young people and job seekers, securing highly skilled, good-paying jobs. Our government has removed barriers to participation so more businesses can provide on-the-job career development, address skilled labour shortages and create more opportunities for a broader range of interns, including more opportunities for Indigenous people.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north.
  • A list of all 53 Nipissing NOHFC internship program funding recipients is available on the corporation’s website.

Additional Resources

Quotes

“The NOHFC People and Talent Program has assisted our organization by allowing for continued growth. We have filled required positions with exceptional talent recruited from Northern Ontario. This has provided a competitive edge in our industry and assisted Northland Glass & Metal with continued success.” – Michael Valenti, President, Northland Glass & Metal

“We are pleased to report that Drillco Mining and Exploration continues to grow. NOHFC’s internship program helps Drillco source, hire and retain local talent that develops into value-added, permanent team members.” – Sylvain Brisson, President, Drillco Mining and Exploration

“The NOHFC intern program is a wonderful program that allows businesses such as ours to develop new talent. One Red Maple used the intern funding to provide job opportunities to new graduates and there is no better place to learn your craft than in a start-up.” – Mark Sherry, President, One Red Maple

“Without question, the two internship positions granted by the NOHFC to Critchley Hill Architecture shaped the future success and growth of the firm. Both of these young aspiring professionals will become registered with their respective organizations within two years and the NOHFC can share the credit of facilitating the growth of these outstanding young people.” – Ian Hill, Principal Architect, Critchley Hill Architecture

“The NOHFC internship program has made it possible for us to bring a new person into our industry and train them. With their help strengthening our team, Jackman’s has been able to keep up with all our holiday floral orders.” – Erin Pond, Owner, Jackman’s

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Promoting Safe Inclusive Skateboarding Environment in Thunder Bay

Posted on December 17, 2022

THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is providing $58,253 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Female Boarder Coalition to build a safe and inclusive space for skateboarding in Thunder Bay. This investment is developing community recreational infrastructure, supporting social connections and improving quality of life for northerners.

“Our government is hard at work making targeted investments that support economic development and growth right here in Thunder Bay,” said Kevin Holland, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan. “These investments demonstrate how, together with our northern partners, we are building strong, vibrant communities and creating real opportunities for the people who live in the north.”

The Female Boarder Coalition is a non-profit that aims to break down barriers in skateboarding and snowboarding with dedicated programs for people who identify as female, non-binary and 2SLGBTQQIA+. The coalition will use NOHFC funding to turn the old Cumberland Cinema into an indoor skateboard park.

The park will allow the coalition to offer year-round skateboard and snowboard programs to all Thunder Bay area residents, as well as partner with local community and Indigenous groups and initiatives such as the Rainbow Collective, Fort William First Nation Youth Centre, and City of Thunder Bay Youth Inclusion Program.

“The construction of the skatepark would not have come together without the support of the province and NOHFC funding,” said Vanessa Bowles, Executive Director, Female Boarder Coalition. “This funding has helped us create a year-round safe space for all, with the intention of breaking cycles of poverty and addiction while promoting healthy active lifestyles. The impact is already being felt by the community and supporting positive change.”

“Our government is focused on investing in communities and creating vibrant recreational facilities that promote physical health and mental wellness,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “The Female Boarder Coalition is creating an incredible safe and inclusive space for all to have fun and meet others interested in skateboarding and snowboarding.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north.

Additional Resources

  • The NOHFC’s Community Enhancement Program builds strong and resilient northern communities through investments in important infrastructure projects.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

Media Desk, Communications Branch -- mediadesk.ndm@ontario.ca

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Ontario Fostering Business Innovation and Expansion in North Bay

Posted on December 16, 2022

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $1.8 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to three companies in North Bay to support business expansion and the research, development and commercialization of new and innovative technologies. This investment will help create jobs, diversify product and service offerings and boost economic growth in the northeast.

“Our government continues to foster a strong future in the north by supporting economic growth and job creation,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “These businesses play a critical role in the northern economy, supporting the community and contributing to the province’s prosperity as a whole.”

Wrmth designs and manufactures heated outdoor furniture. The company will use NOHFC funding of $1,344,493 to commercialize its flagship product – the smart muskoka chair – and develop software to allow users to control the chair using a mobile device.

One Red Maple Inc. designed a browser extension people can download onto their smartphone, tablet or computer that lets them quickly search, locate and buy products from locally owned stores instead of from larger big-box retailers and online corporations. The company will use NOHFC funding of $483,495 to enhance this web-based technology.

Cuna Railway Innovation Inc. provides railway services such as inspection, maintenance and snow clearing. The company will use NOHFC funding of $67,607 to purchase specialized equipment and train staff to expand its range of services.

“Supporting local businesses as they expand and innovate helps create jobs, keeps the north competitive and attracts new investment,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “NOHFC funding helps companies thrive, leading to economic diversification and providing real opportunities for employment in the North Bay area.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north.

Additional Resources

  • The NOHFC’s Invest North Program is designed to boost economic growth and attract more investment by supporting business development, expansion and innovation.

Quotes

"Wrmth has chosen North Bay because the opportunity for building competitive onshore manufacturing is in the province's north. Manufacturing here means adding high value jobs and bringing innovation and new intellectual property to Northern Ontario." – Sally Daub and John Pomeroy, Co-Founders, Wrmth

“One Red Maple is giving independent retailers the tools to compete against large online corporations and big-box stores. Our browser extension compares what shoppers are looking at on a webpage such as Amazon’s and looks for local matches and redirects you to the local store to make the purchase, while our mobile app allows you to search the local database of products. Thanks to Ontario government funding, One Red Maple has now launched in North Bay, Sudbury and Kingston as our test markets.” – Mark Sherry, President, One Red Maple Inc.

“Cuna appreciates the support from the province with our ongoing growth strategy. We are using NOHFC funding in order to strengthen our asset base and in turn our position in our industry.” – Alex McCulloch, President, Cuna Railway Innovation Inc.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Kenora – Rainy River

Posted on December 14, 2022

KENORA – The Ontario government is providing almost $1 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for 31 job placement opportunities in Kenora-Rainy River. This investment will help strengthen and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce.

“We are helping northerners find new opportunities to gain hands-on experience to build careers right here at home in Northern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our investment helps connect businesses to local, talented young people and job seekers, securing highly skilled, good-paying jobs.”

Investments include:

  • $52,500 for Tamarac Nurseries Ltd. in Dryden to hire a Manager Trainee Intern to learn the various aspects of managing a greenhouse and tree nursery
  • $35,000 for LBE Group Inc. in Kenora to hire an Engineering Intern to gain practical engineering experience with a focus on structural engineering. The intern will also work toward receiving their Professional Engineer designation
  • $32,023 for Camp of the Woods in Dinorwic to hire an Advertising Intern to assist with promotional, fundraising and marketing campaigns
  • $51,503 for Gamboa & Holland LLP to hire two CPA Articling Interns to assist clients with bookkeeping and payroll services, sales tax returns and personal, corporate, estate and trust income taxes
  • $51,428 for M.L. Caron Electric Ltd. in Fort Frances to hire two Electrician Apprentice Interns to learn the fundamentals of residential, commercial, and industrial electrical installation.

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

“Our government has removed barriers to participation so more businesses can provide on-the-job career development, address skilled labour shortages and create more opportunities for a broader range of interns, including more opportunities for Indigenous youth,” said Minister Rickford.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north.
  • A list of all 31 Kenora - Rainy River NOHFC internship program funding recipients is available on the corporation’s website.

Quotes

“We greatly appreciate the Ontario government’s help to train one of our most promising Indigenous employees; helping to upgrade their skills to a management level. Their potential for future success is bright.” – David Lick, President, Tamarac Nurseries Ltd.

“The ability to create new job opportunities within our community while sustaining a company has been done in large part through the support of the Ministry of Northern Development. NOHFC has provided LBE Group with the opportunity to grow and celebrate 10 years of business, helping us through even the most challenging of times.” – Andrew Brookes, Principal, LBE Group Inc.

"We purchased an existing business during the COVID-19 pandemic and there was a lot of uncertainty right from the start. We knew we needed to hire an accountant right away but didn't have the financial resources to do so. We posted a job ad and found a suitable candidate, and with NOHFC's help we were able to hire the right person, who continues to be a key part of our business." – Alex Gamboa, Partner, Gamboa & Holland LLP

“The workforce development stream program has been great for our small business. There is a severe shortage of tradespeople in our field, and this program has provided us with the opportunity to hire and train young people looking to get into our line of work. Thank you NOHFC for the opportunity you have offered us.” – Jamie Davis, Owner, JD Plumbing

“The Fort Frances Times has seen substantial benefit from the NOHFC People and Talent Program. The wage subsidy enabled us to create an additional position on our editorial team, and we’ve been able to make that position a permanent one, in no small part because of the assistance of the NOHFC. We are truly grateful.” – Lincoln Dunn, General Manager, Fort Frances Times

“Partnerships like this support Domtar’s efforts to develop a sustainable workforce, which in turn builds sustainable communities. We thank the Ontario government for helping us achieve this goal.” – Marie Cyr, General Manager, Domtar Dryden Operations

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- Erika.Robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Promoting Healthy Active Lifestyle for Kids in Kenora

Posted on December 13, 2022

KENORA – The Ontario government is providing $145,938 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Kenora SportsPlex Organization to build an indoor playground. This investment is developing community recreational infrastructure, supporting social connections and improving quality of life for northerners.

“Our government is focused on investing in communities and creating vibrant recreational facilities that promote health and improve wellness,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “The Kenora SportsPlex is an incredible space for youth, families and seniors, and today’s investment will only expand the facility’s offerings.”

The Kenora SportsPlex Organization is a volunteer-run non-profit that is responsible for the operation of the Kenora SportsPlex, a multi-purpose indoor recreation facility. The organization will use NOHFC funding to build Lakelife Playroom, an indoor play space for kids within the facility. The project involves creating three defined play areas for different age groups, as well as a sitting area for adults.

“The Kenora SportsPlex is thrilled to bring this exciting addition to our complex and offer an additional recreation amenity for families in our community,” said Megan Derouard, Chair, Kenora SportsPlex Board. “Without this investment from the Ontario government through the NOHFC, this project would not be possible. We are excited to expand our facility and add another opportunity for our youth.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • The Kenora SportsPlex supports a wide variety of indoor activities for all ages, such as athletic training for multiple sports, Special Olympics events and Indigenous youth programs.
  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north.

Additional Resources

The NOHFC’s Community Enhancement Program builds strong and resilient northern communities through investments in important infrastructure projects.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Bringing Economic Development Opportunities to Timmins

Posted on December 08, 2022

TIMMINS – The Ontario government is providing more than $5 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to eight economic development projects in Timmins. This investment will help create jobs, expand business operations and improve quality of life in the northeast.

"As one of the largest cities in Northern Ontario, Timmins is a major economic hub and industrial centre,” said George Pirie, MPP for Timmins. “By supporting local projects, our government is bringing investment and employment opportunities to the community."

The following projects are receiving NOHFC funding:

  • $2 million for Mikro-Tek Inc. – a biotechnology company specializing in natural methods to increase plant growth – to purchase equipment needed for the company to plant over 50 million seedlings and study the benefits of its seedling-fortification technology
  • $1,614,503 for the City of Timmins to expand its stratospheric balloon launch base – the first and only facility of its kind in Canada
  • $500,000 for My Animal Productions Inc. to produce the feature film My Animal, a supernatural, coming-of-age drama
  • $395,164 for Dumoulin Trucking – a trucking and landscaping company serving the mining sector – to build a new facility and purchase equipment in order to expand its services to include heavy equipment truck washing
  • $268,642 for Caron Equipment Inc. – a civil engineering firm specializing in mine site preparation and material handling – to build additional workspace and purchase a new excavator to fulfill new contracts, including one with Newmont at the Borden Mine
  • $195,852 for Joel Vachon Trucking – a trucking company serving the mining, forestry and recycling sectors – to purchase additional trucks and trailers
  • $81,800 for Superior Grading – a civil engineering contractor specializing in commercial and industrial projects serving the forestry and mining sectors – to purchase equipment to fulfill a contract with EACOM Timber
  • $30,975 for Millson Design Solutions to establish a design firm specializing in 3D scanning and industrial design.

“Supporting local businesses as they expand and innovate will help create jobs, keep the north competitive and attract new investment,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “These investments are helping companies thrive, leading to economic diversification and providing real opportunities for employment in the Timmins area.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north.

Additional Resources

Quotes

“Ontario government funding will allow us, along with our Indigenous partners at Wahkohtowin Development GP Inc., to introduce a technology to be used in boreal reforestation, herbicide reduction and mine land reclamation projects across the province. Following an initial five-year pilot project in Ontario, we plan to fully commercialize the technology and replicate these carbon sequestration projects across Canada in partnership with additional Indigenous and industry partners.” – Mark Kean, President, Mikro-Tek Inc.

“The City of Timmins is pleased that the Ontario government and NOHFC are supporting the planned expansion of the Timmins Stratospheric Balloon Base at the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport. The funding provided will allow the city to continue to strengthen our partnership with the Canadian Space Agency and it reiterates the importance of the research and development activities undertaken at the site. This partnership and planned expansion will result in positive economic impacts for Timmins.” – Michelle Boileau, Mayor, City of Timmins

“We would like to express our appreciation for the support received from the Ontario government. NOHFC funding has helped us bring an industrial truck wash – the first of its kind – to Timmins and Northern Ontario. We are extremely grateful.” – Leon and Kathy Dumoulin, Owners, Dumoulin Trucking

“With all the challenges new projects face these days, we are grateful for the financial support we are receiving from the Ontario government and the NOHFC, as it will allow our company to expand, modernize and be at the forefront of the mining supply and services industry.” – Marc Caron, President, Caron Equipment Inc.

“Thanks to the Ontario government’s contribution to our project, we were able to venture into the recycling market with a new trailer to haul scrap metal. This market is new growth for our company. NOHFC funding also provided the opportunity to upgrade and expand our ore hauling fleet of trucks and trailers.” – Joel Vachon, Owner, Joel Vachon Trucking

"Thanks to the assistance of the Ontario government through the NOHFC, Millson Design Solutions was able to bring new technology and services to Northeastern Ontario. This support allowed us to get off to a strong start, leading to a successful first year in business." – Ben Millson, Owner, Millson Design Solutions

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

Media Desk, Communications Branch -- mediadesk.ndm@ontario.ca

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Ontario Strengthening Tourism Sector in the North

Posted on November 21, 2022

THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is providing $4.9 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to 24 tourism projects in Northern Ontario. This investment will help create jobs, expand business operations, stimulate economic development and attract visitors to the north.

Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, made the announcement today at the Northern Ontario Tourism Summit.

"Northern Ontario is an incredibly scenic region, with limitless potential for tourism," said Minister Rickford. "These investments will help northern tourism operations expand their offerings, create jobs and promote regional prosperity, while showcasing this beautiful part of Ontario to visitors from across the province and around the world."

The following projects are receiving NOHFC funding:

  • $500,000 for the Town of Blind River to renovate Marina Park
  • $419,465 for Veilleux Camping & Marina – a resort in Hearst – to purchase equipment and build new facilities, including campsites and fishing huts
  • $369,550 for the Municipality of Red Lake to hire an engineering firm to produce technical drawings of Red Lake Events Centre
  • $319,114 for the Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands to refurbish Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands Recreation Centre
  • $317,224 for Kapuskasing Golf Club to revamp its clubhouse
  • $300,000 for Destination Northern Ontario to transition the delivery of its training services to an online platform in response to COVID-19
  • $253,239 for the Township of St. Joseph to rehabilitate Richards Landing Municipal Marina
  • $251,700 for Blind River Curling Club to repair its roof
  • $200,000 for Lakehouse Marina to establish a waterfront resort and event centre in Echo Bay
  • $200,000 for Silver Islet General Store – a historic former general store and tearoom in Silver Islet – to reopen and become a retail, food and educational tourist destination
  • $199,851 for Lakeside Campground Inc. – a campground in Moonbeam – to purchase equipment and build RV lots and a garage
  • $199,350 for Blind River Development Corporation to renovate Blind River Visitor Information Centre
  • $198,500 for JMB Project Management Inc. to establish an RV Park in Matheson
  • $177,220 for the Town of Thessalon to update Lakeside Park washroom facilities
  • $162,000 for Gore Bay Museum to restore its glass canopy and replace its roof
  • $134,762 for Destination Northern Ontario to develop a plan to turn Northeastern Ontario into a world-class snowmobile destination
  • $131,150 for the Town of Thessalon to revamp Thessalon Marina
  • $110,520 for the Local Services Board of Lac St-Thérèse to refurbish a dock and boat launch
  • $104,326 for North 49 Powersports Inc. – a retailer of motorized sports vehicles and trailers in Kapuskasing – to develop a tourism business offering guided ATV and snowmobile excursions
  • $94,347 for the Township of Assiginack to purchase a new ice resurfacer and additional change room floor matting for Assiginack Arena
  • $90,742 for Garden River First Nation to expand Ojibway Park trails and connect them to the Trans-Canada Trail
  • $76,845 for the Township of The North Shore to rehabilitate its causeway and refurbish two boat launch facilities
  • $70,000 for Destination Northern Ontario to create francophone travel itineraries that showcase eight partner communities – Cochrane and Timmins; Hearst and Kapuskasing; Kenora; North Bay; Sault Ste. Marie; Sudbury; Temiskaming Shores; Thunder Bay – participating in the project
  • $59,605 for the Municipality of Huron Shores to renovate Iron Bridge Recreation Centre.

“Through the NOHFC, our government is supporting unique and innovative tourism projects that will bring people together – while maximizing the growth potential and competitiveness of Northern Ontario’s tourism sector,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “This funding will encourage visitors from near and far to visit Northern Ontario and discover its breathtaking landscapes and the endless opportunities for recreation and leisure its local communities have to offer.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $575 million in 4,835 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.86 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,770 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north.
  • The Northern Ontario Tourism Summit is taking place November 21-23, 2022, at the Valhalla Hotel and Conference Centre in Thunder Bay. The summit was developed as a partnership event between Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario and Destination Northern Ontario to bring together tourism businesses, organizations and suppliers as well as all levels of government to find solutions to challenges facing the northern tourism industry.

Additional Resources

Quotes

“With the Ontario government’s significant investment into the World’s Best Snowmobile Destination project, Destination Northern Ontario was able to successfully create a fully realized brand and suite of tools and training modules that will be the basis of several snowmobile loops and itineraries in Northeastern Ontario. Without the support from our government partners, travel associations and destination marketing organizations, this project would not have gotten off the ground. We are grateful for this investment from NOHFC and look forward to continue growing snowmobile visitation in our region.” – David MacLachlan, Executive Director, Destination Northern Ontario

“Municipalities were faced with unprecedented challenges over the past two years. Blind River’s Council, leadership, and staff did not shy away from its mission to carry out goals of its Strategic Plan and Economic Development Strategy; a document designed by our residents. Thanks to NOHFC’s programming that is specifically designed to assist rural communities, we were able to rejuvenate failing infrastructure at our main tourist site for the next 50+ years. Thank you for choosing Blind River’s project, NOHFC.” – Sally Hagman, Mayor of Blind River

“Building a tourism-based business and creating employment opportunity in an off-grid community during the most difficult of times was made possible with the vision of our government leaders and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. This support has enabled the Silver Islet General Store to navigate its unique challenges, and in turn, has greatly assisted the business in providing an exceptional cultural and visitor experience to both residents of Northwestern Ontario and travellers from across the world.” – Jeff and Sandy Korkola, Owners, Silver Islet General Store

“The Town of Thessalon is extremely grateful for the support from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. This project funding will enhance our existing park facilities and position the Town to grow as a tourism destination as well as support the maintenance of legacy events such as our community days events which have been welcoming many people to Thessalon for over 45 years.” – Tracey Cooke, Councillor, Town of Thessalon

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office, 416-450-1309, Erika.Robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Strengthening Small Business in North Bay

Posted on November 17, 2022

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing $28,003 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to J&J Machine Works in North Bay. This investment will help expand business operations, improve competitiveness and stimulate economic development in the region.

“By supporting J&J Machine Works, our government is bringing investment and employment opportunities to the community,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “This investment will help support the creation of full-time jobs.”

J&J Machine Works is a traditional machine shop, offering extensive custom machining and fabrication capabilities as well as general equipment repair. Funding will allow the company to purchase of new updated equipment. This upgrade will reduce the reliance on outsourcing and improve business efficiency and profitability.

“Supporting small businesses helps build stronger, more resilient and prosperous northern communities,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Investments like this help businesses thrive, grow the local economy and create good paying jobs.”

"J&J Machine Works is a North Bay-based manufacturer providing machining, fabrication and repair services,” said Andy Walker, President and Co-Owner of J&J Machine Works. “Financial assistance provided by the Ontario government enabled us to upgrade our plate profile cutting capabilities, improving the quality and efficiency of our existing service offerings and expanding sales to include all-new projects which were impractical or impossible with our previous equipment.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $575 million in 4,835 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.86 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,770 jobs.

Quick Fact

  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the North.

Additional Resources

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- Erika.Robson@ontario.ca

Media Desk -- Communications Branch -- mediadesk.ndm@ontario.ca

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Ontario Strengthening Community Development in Smooth Rock Falls

Posted on November 17, 2022

SMOOTH ROCK FALLS – The Ontario government is providing $779,238 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Town of Smooth Rock Falls for four community enhancement projects. This investment will support critical infrastructure upgrades and improve quality of life for northerners.

“Our government is committed to advancing community development here in Smooth Rock Falls and throughout Northern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “We are keeping the North competitive and current, and creating real opportunities for the people who live here.”

The Town of Smooth Rock Falls is receiving NOHFC funding for the following projects:

  • $294,731 to revamp the Smooth Rock Falls Community Hall, which includes upgrading the washrooms and replacing the roof and two HVAC units
  • $201,394 to renovate the Reg Lamy Cultural Centre, which includes upgrading flooring, installing a dehumidifier and replacing the boiler and a radiant heater
  • $194,296 to update the Smooth Rock Falls Municipal Pool, which includes replacing the pool liner and upgrading the changerooms
  • $88,817 to refurbish the historic Mattagami Railroad Company steam locomotive attraction, which includes painting and patching, track repairs and the installation of lighting and a wrought-iron fence.

“The Town of Smooth Rock Falls is very grateful for the financial support received from the Ontario government through the NOHFC,” said Patrick Roberts, Mayor of Smooth Rock Falls. “We look forward to finishing the projects in the upcoming year.”

“The Ontario government’s financial support has been key to the successful completion of municipal projects,” said Shannon Michaud, Economic Development Officer, Town of Smooth Rock Falls. “We are forever thankful for the ongoing support throughout the years.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $575 million in 4,835 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.86 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,770 jobs.

Quick Fact

  • In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the North.

Additional Resources

Media Contacts

Erika Robson - Minister’s Office - 416-450-1309 - Erika.Robson@ontario.ca

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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 asknohfc@ontario.ca

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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 NOTICE – SCAM ALERT

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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