Northern Ontario Recovery Program (NORP)

On September 28, 2020, the Ontario government announced the creation of the short-term Northern Ontario Recovery Program (NORP) to help businesses across northern Ontario adjust to the impacts of COVID-19 and protect employees and customers.

Companies – from a variety of sectors, including tourism, foodservice and retail – applied to NORP for assistance with projects such as, but not limited to:

  • Building renovations and new constructions
  • Customer and employee safety installations
  • Equipment purchases, including personal protective equipment (PPE) 
  • Marketing for new business initiatives
  • Restructuring of business operations

Applications were accepted until November 20, 2020. The Ontario government provided more than $26 million to a total of 1,384 businesses in 166 communities.

View a running list of approved projects from the Northern Ontario Recovery Program:


"We had to change our entrance into the building to redirect the traffic flow. Keeping our customers safely spaced from our commercial deliveries. The grant allowed us to upgrade our entrance walkways and move our commercial delivery entrance as well as protect our staff by putting up barriers between them and the customers." – John Derouard, Owner, KSports, Kenora

"The Northern Ontario Recovery Program has allowed us the ability and opportunity to safely expand our marina and rental location docks to properly social distance our clients and allow us to safely operate during these trying times." – Matt Rydberg, Owner, Crawford's Camp, Sioux Narrows

“Receiving this funding has enabled The Original Bug Shirt Company to restructure the inside of our workplace, thereby allowing us to retain all of our employees during COVID-19.” – Julie Gohm, Owner, The Original Bug Shirt Company, Powassan

"Thunder Bay Hydraulics has modernized our manufacturing site to better serve our 30 employees and hundreds of customers. Site modernizations and safety upgrades include the addition of indoor air purifiers, advanced PPE for manufacturing services, and the installation of plexiglass barriers for our retail services. We have also improved our digital presence through ecommerce and other online capabilities to minimize face-to-face interactions during the COVID-19 pandemic." – Jamie Crozier, General Manager, Thunder Bay Hydraulics

“Northern Ontario Recovery Program funding helped KUMON Sault Ste. Marie continue our operations during COVID. We now have a safer and healthier environment for our staff and students to work in. Thanks to the funding, we were able to continue and expand our online learning program.” – Shelly Skinner-Noel, Owner and Operator, KUMON Sault Ste. Marie

“So grateful for the Northern Ontario Recovery Program funding. It allowed us do renovations that were needed to safely accommodate guests at our outpost cabin.” – Kodi Kahoot, Owner, Wild Eyes Wilderness Escape, Red Lake 

 “Thanks to the Ontario government, we are able to protect our customers and employees by installing glass barriers in our parts and service department. We also added glass barriers to all our showroom office desks. To become a contactless pick-up and delivery department, we built a dedicated receiving door to accommodate such practices.” – Kara Lynn Chenier, Owner, Chenier Motors Limited, Timmins