Enhance Your Community Stream

The Enhance Your Community Funding Stream is designed to support priorities of northern communities and organizations that contribute to a healthy and strong community.

Who is Eligible?

Municipalities, Indigenous communities, not-for-profit organizations, and Local Services Boards located in Northern Ontario.

What Projects are Eligible?

Incremental improvements, repairs, and/or renovations to improve and extend the useful life of capital assets including; social and recreational facilities, municipal assets and community halls, that contribute to a healthy and vibrant community.

The implementation of priority economic development initiatives that respond to an economic opportunity and / or contribute to improved quality of life for a community and/or region, such as:

  • Business retention and attraction strategies
  • Projects identifying and implementing investment opportunities
  • The construction and/or renovation of capital assets that support community economic development
  • Implementation of community economic development projects, including non- capital costs, technical expertise, incremental project-related human resources
  • Projects aligned with NOHFC’s strategic initiatives, as identified by the NOHFC Board of Directors, that address an economic priority in a region or sector

The NOHFC Board of Directors may consider exceptions to these eligibility criteria for projects that address a priority need in Northern Ontario.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Identification and alignment with a planning process such as community or organizational plan.
  • Support for the sustainability and well-being of communities.
  • How the project builds on and optimizes the capacity and efficiency of existing infrastructure.
  • Strength of project plan that identifies the technical, managerial and financial capacity for implementing the project and sustaining the facility.
  • Applicant should demonstrate how an NOHFC investment is necessary to make the project viable.


  • Funding is in the form of a conditional contribution, and will generally, not exceed the lesser of 50% of eligible costs or $2,000,000.
  • Funding for each project is determined by the NOHFC Board of Directors, and limited funding is available. Not all projects meeting the criteria will necessarily receive funding.
  • NOHFC may decline funding where support for a project is considered to fall within the mandate of another federal or provincial government program, except that NOHFC may provide additional assistance to a project once a decision is made under such other program, at NOHFC’s sole discretion.

What is Not Eligible?

  • Core infrastructure such as municipal public services including roads, bridges, water, and sewer
  • Administrative space or office buildings
  • Residential projects
  • Operating expenses, including routine and on-going maintenance
  • Rolling stock
  • Stand-alone equipment purchases
  • Stand-alone furniture purchases
  • Stand-alone studies (feasibility, engineering, strategy etc.)

Program Requirements

  • All buildings, facilities or land improved with NOHFC funding must be owned or leased by the applicant.
  • The applicant may be required to reimburse NOHFC if assets financed by NOHFC are sold within the first three years after project completion.


Q: My organization wants to pursue an important project, but it is not within any of our formal plans; can we still apply?


A: NOHFC recognizes that some projects develop quickly and will consider those projects on a case-by-case basis.

Q: How do I demonstrate that funding from NOHFC is necessary to make the project viable?


A: You must demonstrate that you have investigated and/or applied to other relevant federal or provincial funding sources.

Q: Our project includes some administrative and/or residential space. Does this mean that the entire project is ineligible?


A: No. Depending on the project and the percentage of ineligible space, NOHFC may consider part of the project to be eligible while the administration and/or residential space would be ineligible.

Q: Can my organization apply for more than one project at a time?


A: NOHFC will accept multiple project applications from an applicant.

Q: Based on the latest census, my community population was under 30,000 residents. Am I eligible for the Enhance Your Community stream?


A: Yes. The Enhance Your Community stream is open to all eligible applicants regardless of municipal, community, or catchment area population.