Ontario Supporting Economic Growth Opportunities in Timmins

Posted on June 27, 2024

TIMMINS – The Ontario government is providing more than $3.3 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to seven economic development projects in Timmins. This investment will help enhance municipal infrastructure, facilitate business growth, and stimulate job opportunities in the Northeast.

“Our government is investing another $3.3 million in Timmins to build a stronger future for the next generation," said George Pirie, MPP for Timmins. "These projects will help local businesses continue to thrive and create jobs for the people in our region. It will also enhance municipal infrastructure that will make our city a more desirable place to live and enjoy."

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $1 million for co-applicants CJ Equipment Repairs and Northern Equipment Services Inc. to redesign and expand their facility and purchase new equipment
  • $390,578 for Con’s Electric Company Ltd. to expand its operations by doing facility renovations, acquiring new equipment and allocating resources to training and information and communications technology
  • $664,119 for Corexplore Drilling Services Corp. to expand operations at its Timmins Gold Camp by purchasing drilling equipment, office trailers and building materials and doing facility upgrades
  • $400,000 for Custom Concrete Northern to establish a new cement blending facility
  • $202,127 for Porcupine Ski Runners – the community’s only cross-country ski club – to purchase a trail groomer and tools to maintain well-groomed and safe trails
  • $123,225 for Spruce Needles Inc. to upgrade its irrigation pump system and electrical infrastructure to maintain good turf conditions and golf course operations
  • $19,254 for Dr. Kayla Cyr to setup a medical clinic specializing in orthopedic surgery for foot disorders and ankle trauma to address the need for these services in the region.

"We are proud to see the transformative impact of the NOHFC’s enhanced programs right here in communities like Timmins,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “By investing in projects like these, we are not just building infrastructure and expanding businesses; we are creating a foundation for lasting economic prosperity across Northern Ontario. These initiatives underscore our commitment to ensuring the region remains vibrant, current, and competitive."

The NOHFC promotes economic growth, job creation, and workforce development across the North in communities large and small, rural and urban, including Indigenous communities. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $790 million in 6,464 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,930 jobs.

Quick Fact

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


“We would like to express our appreciation for the support received from the Ontario government. Thank you to the NOHFC for funding our project. The investment has allowed us to expand our facility and purchase new equipment.” - Claude Bruno of CJ Equipment Repairs

“Programs like the NOHFC play a vital role in supporting local businesses, encouraging their expansion, and generating employment opportunities within the community, particularly for individuals seeking to enter the electrical industry. These funds have enabled us to support the ongoing mining developments in our community by establishing a strong structure that supports us to sustain our company's path towards growth, expand our fleet, and efficiently store materials and equipment.” - Nick Clusieau, Operations Manager of Con’s Electric Company Ltd

“Corexplore is extremely thankful for NOHFC’s continued support in growing and expanding our Clean-Tech Drilling Services business in Northern Ontario. This funding was used to help purchased another clean-tech advanced technology drill, support equipment, and create an additional 16 full-time permanent jobs! Our fleet of powerful, clean-tech surface drills are the most environmentally responsible drilling systems available in industry and provide safe, efficient, and productive drilling for our clients.” - David Jones, President of Corexplore

“The support from the NOHFC has helped our club buy a new trail groomer. Well groomed trails are essential for a cross country ski club and this machine will ensure that we continue providing an excellent winter recreational facility for Timmins.” - Gerry McNair of Porcupine Ski Runners

“We are incredibly thankful for the support from the NOHFC and the Government of Ontario, which has been instrumental in enabling us to upgrade our irrigation system to a state-of-the-art pump system. This upgrade is crucial for keeping our course in top condition, using technology to monitor water and pressure levels to be as sustainable as possible. We also want to extend our sincere thanks to MLG Consulting for their invaluable support throughout this process. Spruce Needles Golf Club has positioned itself with this investment to continue providing one of the best golfing experiences in Northern Ontario for its members and guests. It has also allowed us to continue hosting events and support other community organizations.” - Keith Grenke, President of Spruce Needles Golf Club.

Media Contacts

Curtis Lindsay, Minister’s Office -- 437-240-7317 -- curtis.lindsay@ontario.ca

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