Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Nipissing

Posted on June 30, 2023

NIPISSING – The Ontario government is providing more than $1.1 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for 47 job placement opportunities in Nipissing. This investment will help businesses expand operations and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce.

“Our government is helping businesses harness local talent, with targeted investments that create more opportunities for people to gain essential skills and build meaningful careers,” said MPP Vic Fedeli. “This funding will help address the shortage of skilled workers in the North and will ensure our local businesses’ continued viability, growth and success.”

Internship projects receiving NOHFC funding include:

  • $35,000 for the North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation to hire a Communications and Creative Assistant to promote the region’s healthcare needs and support fundraising through digital marketing and event planning
  • $28,268 for the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station to hire an Infrastructure and Research Planning Intern to provide planning, maintenance and logistical support
  • $17,791 for Jackman Flower Shop Limited to hire a Florist Intern to assist with floral care, floral design, customer service and flower shop operation.
  • $14,471 for the Nipissing Region Curatorial Collective to hire a Social Media Director to lead marketing and promotions for arts and cultural events in the Nipissing region

“Through the NOHFC, our government is focused on supporting projects that provide on-the-job career development opportunities while addressing local skilled labour shortages in the Northeast,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Together with our northern partners, we are creating highly skilled, good-paying jobs that will boost economic growth and prosperity here in Nipissing.”

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.

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 $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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 47 Nipissing NOHFC internship program funding recipients is available on the corporation’s website.


“North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation is grateful for this funding that allows us to develop engaging communications and marketing content and share incredible patient and family stories about the compassionate care received at our hospital, while promoting all of the ways our community can be involved with ensuring we have the best possible care close to home.” – Tammy Morison, President & CEO, North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation

“NOHFC funding has had a profound impact within our organization by allowing us to take a calculated risk for expansion and bring in strong candidates to develop and improve the company’s workforce." – Jason Portugues, Executive Director of Operations, CTS Canadian Career College

“Participation in the NOHFC Internship program has allowed us to find, onboard, train and retain individuals into skilled laboratory positions, resulting in a stronger and expanded laboratory team.” – Brenda McLay, Director, Near North Laboratories Inc.

“The Labour Market Group has been a longstanding supporter of the NOHFC Internship program. Our small not-for-profit organization has benefitted greatly from many young individuals who have brought with them such creativity and skilled talents. Several of our previous interns have gone on to gain sustainable employment in our region, and we are extremely proud to have provided them with a foundation for a successful career in the North.” – Stacie Fiddler, Director, Labour Market Group

"I'm looking forward to this opportunity and working in the community to promote curling, tennis, pickleball and special events at the Granite Club. As a recent Business Administration graduate from Nipissing University, I'm eager to apply my knowledge and learn more about this industry." – Rachel Monahan, NOHFC Intern Marketing & Events Coordinator, North Bay Curling and Athletics Corp.

Additional Resources

  • Download a listing of all internship projects related to this news release [XLS]

Media Contacts

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

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