General FAQs

What is the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and how can I apply for one of its programs?


The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), established in 1988, is an agency of the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines mandated to promote and stimulate economic development in Northern Ontario. The Corporation has seven funding programs which provide financial assistance to projects, big and small, that support and diversify economic growth and job creation in the North.

For information about our programs and on how to apply, please visit our programs page.

What is considered Northern Ontario?


For the NOHFC, Northern Ontario is defined as all areas north of, and including, the districts of Parry Sound and Nipissing. Click here to see a map of our funding areas.

How do I apply?


NOHFC is now accepting online applications. For more information, or to start your application, visit the NOHFC online application system and log in or create a new account to get started.

How long does the process take?


Generally the process takes an average of 3-6 months to complete but this can fluctuate with the applicant’s readiness to proceed.

Applicants first complete a preliminary application that the NOHFC will review to determine eligibility for funding, according to program criteria, guidelines and policy. The applicant will generally receive a response from the NOHFC within 10 business days after receipt of application. If the proposed project meets our criteria, the NOHFC will provide the applicant with a contact person who can help complete a detailed project proposal or business plan. The time to complete the proposal/business plan will be dependent upon the applicant gathering all the information requirements for a fulsome proposal/business plan. Once the NOHFC has received all of the requested information, the proposal will proceed through the due diligence process to verify the information and to assess various risk elements. This evaluation takes approximately 10-15 business days to complete. The proposal will then be provided to the NOHFC Board of Directors for review. The Board meets every 6 – 8 weeks and once they have reached a decision, the applicant should be informed by a letter within 5–10 business days.

Is there someone in my area that can help me with the application?


Yes. The Regional Economic Development Branch (REDB) of the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines works with northern communities including First Nations, businesses, key economic sectors, and other stakeholders to provide one-stop access to economic development programs, assistance and services. Comprised of six area teams, the REDB seeks growth opportunities and forms the focal point for economic development service delivery in Northern Ontario. For more information, or to speak with an REDB staff member, click here and contact the team nearest you to get help with your application.