About Us

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) was established in 1988 with a mandate to promote and stimulate economic development initiatives in Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects that stabilize, diversify and foster the economic growth and diversification of the region.

The NOHFC is an operational service agency established under the enabling legislation of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Act. The NOHFC has an appointed Board of Directors, chaired by the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. NOHFC’s objectives are set out in the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Act as follows:

  1. to advise and make recommendations to the Lieutenant Governor in Council on any matter relating to the growth and diversification of the economy of Northern Ontario;
  2. to promote and stimulate economic initiatives in Northern Ontario; and
  3. to commission studies and enter into contracts in connection with the objects set out in clauses (a) and (b) above.

The Corporation provides economic development funding toward approved projects in the territorial districts of Northern Ontario, namely Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora, Manitoulin, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Rainy River, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Timiskaming.

The NOHFC wants to partner with Northerners to develop innovative technologies, invest in infrastructure, bolster collaboration and build economic development capacity. By supporting your  vision, we can strengthen the North’s competitive advantage.  NOHFC programs focus on the growth of existing and emerging sectors priority economic sectors, including:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • agriculture, aquaculture and food processing
  • arts, culture and creative industries
  • digital economy
  • forestry and value-added forestry related products
  • health sciences
  • mineral sector and mining supply and services
  • renewable energy and services
  • tourism
  • transportation, aviation and aerospace
  • water technologies and services


NOHFC will be a catalyst for key strategic investments to stimulate economic development and diversification in Northern Ontario.


To partner with communities, businesses, entrepreneurs and youth across Northern Ontario to create jobs and strengthen the economy.

Who We Serve

For the NOHFC, Northern Ontario is defined as all areas North of, and including, the districts of Parry Sound and Nipissing.

Current Programs and Themes

Northern Business Opportunity Program

Strategic economic development initiatives that support the growth and sustainability of communities, businesses and industries.

Northern Innovation Program

Innovation and productivity to support research and development, commercialization, innovation and productivity initiatives.

Strategic Economic Infrastructure Program

Community strategic economic infrastructure.

Northern Community Capacity Building Program

Economic development capacity enhancement.

Northern Event Partnership Program

Events that promote economic development.

Northern Ontario Internship Program

Attraction and retention of talent.

Guiding Principles Alignment with Key Initiatives

The Northern Growth Plan will provide a coordinated, long-term, and comprehensive approach to support Northern Ontario as a globally competitive region. NOHFC priorities will support the key elements of the Northern Growth Plan.

Recognition of Northern Ontario’s Unique Circumstances


The programs and initiatives of NOHFC will continue to be an important means of recognizing the unique requirements of Northern Ontario in support of a strong Ontario. The NOHFC will continue to build and enhance its current programs and services with this in mind.



The strategic planning process is an ongoing process that will provide the NOHFC with a management tool for adapting to change in the future.

Reflective, Flexible, and Forward-Thinking


It is the intent that the NOHFC Board of Directors will review the strategic plan, at minimum, on an annual basis.



NOHFC will continue to develop and deliver its programs and initiatives in a manner that recognizes the needs of the North’s diverse communities including, but not limited to, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and the North’s other demographic groups.

Strategic Priorities

Innovation, Research, and Development


Focus on innovation, and research and development initiatives that lead to the potential commercialization of ideas, products, and services in emerging and strategic sectors in Northern Ontario that are forward thinking, sustainable and build a foundation for an entrepreneurial economy.

Creativity, Productivity and Entrepreneurial Development


Support an environment that promotes creativity, productivity and entrepreneurial development.

Partnerships and Collaboration


Maximize opportunities to leverage NOHFC funding through partnerships and collaboration to ensure the success of projects and sustainable economic outcomes.

Organization Development and Renewal


Engage in continuous improvement and human resource development to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, access and delivery of NOHFC programs as well as improve performance measurement.

Awareness and Recognition


Develop effective marketing, communication, and outreach tools that increase awareness and recognition of NOHFC and its programs.