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Ontario Supporting Community Infrastructure Upgrades in Timmins

Posted on April 08, 2024

TIMMINS – The Ontario government is providing $330,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the South Porcupine Arena Association for upgrades to the Carlo Cattarello Arena. This investment in community infrastructure will increase recreational opportunities and improve physical activity and quality of life in Northeastern Ontario.

“Thanks to our government’s $330,000 NOHFC investment, we are upgrading the Carlo Cattarello Arena in South Porcupine. This arena is close to the hearts of so many people in our community and is the place most of us learned how to skate or play hockey,” said George Pirie, MPP for Timmins. “I also want to thank mining companies in the region for partnering to make this project possible. Together, we are ensuring the community stays active and can spend quality time together doing the things we love in a safe and reliable venue for years to come.”

The South Porcupine Arena Association will use NOHFC funding to replace the arena’s refrigeration equipment, including two compressors, one condenser and two dehumidifiers, and renovate the locker rooms and washrooms in the facility's basement. The project will ensure continued availability of popular hockey and ice programming in the City of Timmins, lower the risk of facility failure, reduce maintenance costs, increase energy efficiency, reduce energy costs and extend the life of the arena.

“We are thankful to the NOHFC for their funding support towards the Carlo Cattarello Arena that will help us with upgrades to our facility,” said Burt St. Amour, Manager, Carlo Cattarello Arena. “The arena holds a special place in the hearts of our community, and the impact will be felt for years to come.”

“Our government is focused on investing in communities and creating recreational facilities that promote wellness in the Northeast,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Through targeted investments through the NOHFC, we are helping communities like Timmins improve their facilities and enhance quality of life for northerners.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects – big and small, rural and urban – that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $762 million in 6,309 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,750 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.

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Supporting Pointe au Baril Community Centre Renovations in Township of The Archipelago

Posted on April 04, 2024

POINTE AU BARIL – The Ontario government is providing $48,645 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Township of The Archipelago to renovate the Pointe au Baril Community Centre’s meeting room. This investment will modernize critical infrastructure and foster development in the Northeast.

“Enhancements like this are a huge benefit to our communities,” said Graydon Smith, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka. “I want to thank the Township of The Archipelago for continuing to provide up-to-date services for their residents. Community centres are vital for keeping people united and this is another way residents in the Pointe au Baril area can keep connected. Thanks also to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation for recognizing the benefits this project will have to the community.”

The Township of The Archipelago will use NOHFC funding to replace worn and outdated fixtures and furnishings. The project includes installing vinyl flooring and energy efficient lighting, updating the kitchenette, and purchasing new furniture and tableware. When completed, the meeting room will be more accessible, safe and environmentally friendly.

“The Pointe Au Baril Community Centre meeting room upgrade has delivered another successful outcome to our community through the NOHFC,” said Bert Liverance, Reeve, Township of The Archipelago. “With the ongoing support of the Ontario government and its funding programs, the Township of The Archipelago continues its strategic priority of delivering sustainable and cost-effective services to our community. The improvements to such an important community space will see both near- and long-term benefits to our community and was helped in large part due to the provided funding.”

“With the NOHFC’s funding assistance, The Archipelago has successfully transformed the Pointe au Baril Community Centre meeting room to a modern and inviting space, with amenities for all,” said Josh Badger, Director of Operations and Facilities, Township of The Archipelago. “The project completion delivers integrated technology, enhanced aesthetics, and upgraded infrastructure to our vibrant community centre, and emphasises the importance of the space into the future. We look forward to welcoming more community members and expanded events through our doors, and we would like to thank our partners for helping make this possible.”

“With NOHFC funding, our government is increasing the potential opportunities of the Pointe au Baril Community Centre’s meeting room,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “The enhancements will ensure residents and organizations of the Township of The Archipelago continue to have a safe and accessible space to host community gatherings.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $762 million in 6,309 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,750 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

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Supporting Next Phase of Laurier Fire Department Development

Posted on April 03, 2024

PARRY SOUND – The Ontario government is providing $29,700 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Laurier Fire Department to support the second phase of their training facility development project. This investment will enhance emergency services and community safety in Northeastern Ontario.

“This project is great news for residents in Laurier, South River, and communities along the Highway 11 corridor,” said Graydon Smith, MPP for Parry Sound–Muskoka. “With the NOHFC’s support, this building will help build fire services throughout the region by providing a training facility for local departments. Thank you to the Local Services Board for their commitment to fire services and their vision to create this space for local firefighters to gain their qualifications and hone their skills.”

The Laurier Fire Department will use NOHFC funding to install a waterproofed training facility on site to provide industry standard training in the North for both local and regional volunteer firefighters and departments. The project involves site preparations, installation of a concrete foundation, installation of a Quonset hut purchased previously, interior finishing to design a search-and-rescue scenario and waterproofing.

“The Laurier training facility will create a hands-on environment for firefighters in Laurier and from neighbouring areas to recieve quality training that will help ensure the protection and safety of residents in Laurier and beyond,” said Tim Hollands, Fire Chief, Laurier Fire Department. “Funding from the NOHFC has made is possible for us to build the second phase of the training facility, which will become a highlight for the Laurier community.”

“Our government is building strong and resilient northern communities by investing in projects that empower local firefighters and volunteers to develop skills through hands-on training opportunities that are close to home,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund is another resource our government is leveraging to ensure Northeastern communities and emergency services have the strength and capacity to respond to local emergencies.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects – big and small, rural and urban – that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $762 million in 6,309 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,750 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

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Supporting Development of New Waterfront Attraction in Fort Frances

Posted on April 03, 2024

FORT FRANCES – The Ontario government is providing $487,500 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Town of Fort Frances to create a new waterfront tourist attraction featuring the Hallett and Owandem – two logging tugboats with important cultural and historical significance to the region. This investment will support economic development and the local tourism sector by attracting visitors to the Northwest.

“Through the NOHFC, our government is proud to invest in the preservation of the Hallett and the Owandem – two historic forestry vessels that greatly contributed to the logging industry and the Town of Fort Frances’ economic development in the 1900s,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and MPP for Kenora-Rainy River. “By working with municipal partners on legacy projects like the ones we are recognizing today, we are ensuring families and visitors have the opportunity to learn about our community’s history while enjoying local tourism attractions.”

The Hallett and Owandem were used extensively for logging along the Rainy River from 1940 to 1976. Making the boats accessible to the public is an economic opportunity for the Town of Fort Frances to create a marketable tourism and heritage asset.

The Town will use NOHFC funding to restore the tugboats, design a dry dock to display both boats, and landscape the waterfront. When completed, the exhibit will highlight the importance and history of logging along the Rainy River. The dry dock will also be used as a rentable event space.

“Thanks to the NOHFC and Minister Rickford's support, the tugboats' restoration and the beautification of their surroundings are now a reality,” said Danielle Marshall, Museum Curator, Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre. “NOHFC funds promise a future where these historic gems thrive, offering a chance for people to explore the vessels that were once a fixture on the Rainy River.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $762 million in 6,309 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,750 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.

Media Contacts

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

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

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Ontario Supporting Film and TV Production in Sault Ste. Marie

Posted on April 03, 2024

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario government is providing more than $3.1 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) towards seven film and television projects in Sault Ste. Marie. This investment will stimulate the local economy and help raise the profile of the production industry in Northern Ontario.

“We continue to make strategic investments through the NOHFC in the local film and television industry to help drive the local economy and solidify the North’s reputation as a top production destination,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. “I am proud to support these seven locally-produced film and television projects.”

Film and television productions funded through the NOHFC include:

  • $1 million for Darius Films Inc. to produce the film “Warrior Strong,” an inspirational sports story about a struggling high school basketball team, the Dumont Warriors
  • $500,000 for 2663645 Ontario Inc. to produce the film “A Matter of Chance,” a comedy-drama with a mix of romance, revenge and laughs
  • $500,000 for Tales From the Void Ltd. to produce “Tales From The Void,” an episodic horror anthology television series developed from some of the most viral horror stories on the internet
  • $500,000 for Stardust Pictures Inc. to produce “Wing Man,” a comedy film based on a character who experiences life challenges including the loss of his fiancé to another man
  • $453,206 for 1000477481 Ontario Inc. to produce the film “Magnetosphere,” a gentle comedy about growing up, told from a neurodiverse 13-year-old girl’s point of view
  • $162,558 for Rusty Halo Productions Inc. to produce “Armchair Traveller,” a comedy film that follows the story of Charlie who is terrified of the outside world and engages the help of his neighbour Ethan to travel the world with him, without leaving the comfort of his living room
  • $36,631 for Creator Economy Productions to produce “Creator Economy,” a documentary film that follows a group of Northern Ontario social media creators as they tell their stories about their social media success in a new era of social influence

“Our government is proud to support seven locally-produced film and television projects here in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “We continue to make significant investments that drive the northern film and television industry, strengthen the local economy and put a spotlight on Northern Ontario’s world-class film and television industry.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $762 million in 6,309 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,750 jobs..

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • The NOHFC’s Cultural Supports Program showcases Northern Ontario culture, geography and talent through event partnerships and support for the production of films and TV series.

Additional Resources

Quotes

“Darius Films is grateful to have received NOHFC support for ‘Warrior Strong.’ Quite simply, we could not have made the film without it! In addition to the funding, NOHFC staff has provided invaluable assistance to us every step of the way, from the application process onwards. Our sincere thanks to the NOHFC and our host city of Sault Ste. Marie for being in the starting lineup of the 'Warrior Strong’ team!” – Leah Jaunzems, Producer, Darius Films Inc.

“Rusty Halo Productions is grateful to the NOHFC for their continued support to grow the local film industry in Sault Ste Marie. Through these funds we have been able to hire full time, part time and seasonal cast and crew from Sault Ste Marie and across Northern Ontario. Our mission is to foster and grow talent in our local film, television and animation industry. We look forward to continuing to work with the NOHFC, the City of Sault Ste Marie and local government.” – Rebeka Herron, Producer, Writer, and Director, Rusty Halo Productions.

"Thank you to Ross Romano and NOHFC for providing funding and guidance. Without it we would not be able to highlight these impactful story's of creators in the North in our documentary Creator Economy. Additionally, we are not only highlighting creators in the film, we are putting money back into our community by hiring local crew and spending at local businesses." – Zack Trunzo, Director and Producer, Creator Economy Documentary.

Media Contacts

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

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

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Ontario Supporting Upgrades to Rainy River’s Hannam Park

Posted on April 02, 2024

RAINY RIVER – The Ontario government is providing $180,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Town of Rainy River to renovate the restrooms in Hannam Park. This investment will strengthen tourism and recreation opportunities in the Northwest.

“The new and improved Northern Ontario Heritage Fund continues to invest in municipal infrastructure projects that enhance quality of life for families in the Northwest,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and MPP for Kenora-Rainy River. “Our targeted investment in the Town of Rainy River means community members and visitors can count on having access to an accessible washroom at Hannam Park all year round, which contributes to enhanced opportunities for economic growth in the region.”

The Town of Rainy River will use NOHFC funding to winterize the public restrooms and make them accessible. The restrooms support other amenities in Hannam Park, including eight campsites, a playground, wading pool, boat launch, outdoor stage and seasonal canteen.

"On behalf of the Town of Rainy River, I would like to express our thanks to the NOHFC and Minister Rickford for the funding awarded to renovate the washrooms at Hannam Park,” said Deborah Ewald, Mayor, Town of Rainy River. “The park, located on the Rainy River, is used extensively year-round for many community events and activities. This funding will make the venue better for all, no matter the season.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $762 million in 6,309 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,750 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

Media Contacts

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

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

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Ontario Supporting Hockey Day in Parry Sound

Posted on April 02, 2024

PARRY SOUND – The Ontario government is providing more than $13,600 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Rotary Club of Parry Sound to host today’s Hockey Day in Parry Sound event in commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the Parry Sound Hockey Club. This investment will support tourism and promote local businesses in Northeastern Ontario.

“Hockey Day in Parry Sound is a great way to celebrate the 100th season of the Parry Sound Hockey Club,” said Graydon Smith, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka. “Thanks to help from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, the Rotary Club of Parry Sound and other partners were able to provide an exciting opportunity for residents to take part in all-day activities downtown and to watch the Toronto Maple Leaf Alumni face off against local players. Parry Sound truly is a hockey town and it’s great to see the support of the community for an event like this.”

Hockey Day in Parry Sound features many attractions, entertainment and activities in Downtown Parry Sound, ending with a special hockey game at the Bobby Orr Community Centre featuring Toronto Maple Leafs alumni. The game features a celebrity referee, the Leafs’ mascot Carlton the Bear, music and entertainment, along with meet-and-greet and autograph opportunities with the Maple Leafs alumni.

“The Rotary Club of Parry Sound, in partnership with the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, is proud to boost community spirit and commemorate our shared values by hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni for a memorable Hockey Day in Parry Sound,” said Rick Cain, President of Rotary Club of Parry Sound. “This event stands as a testament to our commitment to uniting our community, honouring our past, and building a vibrant future together."

“As part of our government’s commitment to build active and vibrant communities in the North, we are proud to support Hockey Day in Parry Sound with an investment from the NOHFC,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “This event will raise the community’s profile while celebrating Parry Sound's love of hockey and boosting tourism in the Northeast.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects – big and small, rural and urban – that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $759 million in 6,233 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,590 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 Cultural Supports Program showcases Northern Ontario culture, geography and talent through event partnerships and support for the production of films and television series.

Media Contacts

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

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

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Ontario Supporting Film and Television Production in Parry Sound

Posted on March 22, 2024

PARRY SOUND – The Ontario government is providing $700,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) towards two film and television production projects in Parry Sound. This investment will create local jobs and help raise the profile of the production industry in Northern Ontario.

“The film industry is growing in Northern Ontario, and I’m excited to see that growth being realized here in Parry Sound,” said Graydon Smith, Member of Provincial Parliament for Parry Sound–Muskoka. “With the support of the NOHFC, the Wickensburg franchise was able to return to shoot their sequel, and now Parry Sound will have a new audio and video production studio that will help keep these services local. I’m confident these investments will continue to grow the film sector in the Parry Sound area.”

Film and television productions funded through the NOHFC include:

  • $500,000 for Wickensburg Film Studios Inc. to produce the film “Return to Wickensburg,” a family action and adventure film that follows the story of Elliot and Willow, who must save themselves from the revenge of Mr. Hexenmeister after he escapes from prison
  • $200,000 for Caissa Northern Creative Studio Inc. to purchase a facility to build an audio and video production studio in Parry Sound, complete studio renovations, purchase equipment and market a range of audio and visual services to businesses in Parry Sound and surrounding areas

“Our government continues to make strategic investments through the NOHFC in Northern Ontario’s booming film and television industry that drive the local economy and solidify the North’s reputation as a top production destination,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “We are proud to support another locally-produced feature film and a new, cutting-edge audio and video production studio here in Parry Sound.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $759 million in 6,233 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,590 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • The NOHFC’s Cultural Supports Program showcases Northern Ontario culture, geography and talent through event partnerships and support for the production of films and TV series.
  • The NOHFC’s Invest North Program boosts economic growth and attracts more investment by supporting business development, expansion and innovation.

Additional Resources

Quotes

“The NOHFC provides a critical piece of the overall financing package for Ontario film producers looking to film in Northern Ontario. It’s a win-win for everyone, as local Parry Sound residents get employment opportunities in film production and Parry Sound businesses get access to revenue that would otherwise go to Toronto-based vendors.” – Richard Boddington, Director, “Return to Wickensburg”

"We are thrilled to receive the NOHFC’s support and encouragement for our exciting company launch. Their assistance has been instrumental in accelerating our progress." – Garrett Dadoun, VP Operations, Caissa Northern Creative Studios

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Supporting Recreation and Tourism Development in Kenora

Posted on March 13, 2024

KENORA – The Ontario government is providing more than $946,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to two economic development projects in Kenora. This investment will boost tourism and recreation opportunities and enhance quality of life in the Northwest.

"Through the NOHFC, our government is improving quality of life for those who live, work, and play in the North by providing support for local tourism partners like the Mount Evergreen Ski Club and the City of Kenora,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River. “The projects we are supporting today benefit the northern economy and promote healthy and vibrant communities in the Northwest.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $496,500 for the Mount Evergreen Ski Club – a not-for-profit downhill ski club – to make facility upgrades and purchase equipment to ensure long-term sustainability and continued growth of family-oriented activities
  • $450,000 for the City of Kenora to complete the second phase of a rehabilitation project at McLeod Park along the Kenora Harbourfront, which includes restoring the James McMillan tugboat and building an accessible wooden ramp

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $759 million in 6,233 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,590 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

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"Funding from the NOHFC will go towards updating our snow groomer, hill lighting, snow making equipment and small infrastructure projects around the facility. The support from the Ontario government will allow us to continue to provide an exciting environment for locals and tourists to enjoy." – Thomas Nabb, Treasurer, Mount Evergreen Ski Club Board of Directors

“The City of Kenora is grateful to the NOHFC for support that will allow the municipality to deliver additional improvements at McLeod Park. Previous funding from the NOHFC for the park enabled the development of a vibrant picnic and play area for residents and visitors, and this second phase will complete renovations and include the construction of additional elements such as an accessible ramp, shade structure and tiered seating. We are excited to receive this funding from the NOHFC to continue to improve McLeod Park, the gateway to the Harbourtown Centre and the Harbourfront area.” – Andrew Poirier, Mayor, City of Kenora

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Supporting Economic Development Opportunities in Fort Frances Region

Posted on March 12, 2024

FORT FRANCES – The Ontario government is providing more than $1.4 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to five economic development projects in the Fort Frances region. This investment will improve municipal infrastructure, promote tourism and recreation, expand company operations and create jobs in the Northwest.

“Since modernizing the NOHFC program, our government has invested in more municipal infrastructure, tourism and recreation, and business expansion projects in the North than ever before,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora–Rainy River. “We recognize that the targeted investments we make have a lasting impact on local economic development, as well as the families and community members in our region.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $500,000 for the Township of Alberton to extend the winter skating season by adding a roof to the Alberton outdoor rink.
  • $495,000 for the Town of Fort Frances to rehabilitate Sunny Cove Camp. The project includes renovating Russell Hall, demolishing unsafe buildings, and updating the campgrounds.
  • $180,000 for the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls to enhance the road corridor that runs through and between the Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls townsites. The project includes installing new banners and decorative elements, updating signage, landscaping, and improving pedestrian walkways.
  • $179,057 for the Dance Township Community Association to restore Dance Community Hall. The project includes renovating the kitchen, making the washroom fully accessible, building a storage and utility room, installing a water treatment filtration system, and setting up cellular and internet services.
  • $86,800 for Constant Trucking – a Fort Frances-based log hauling company – to expand its services by purchasing a log loader.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $759 million in 6,233 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,590 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

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“The Township of Alberton is very grateful for the NOHFC’s generous support for this project. The new roof will enhance year-round enjoyment of the facilities for everyone. The Millennium Park is such an important asset to our community and the roof will provide enjoyment and opportunity for years to come.” – Lisa Sheppard, Chief Administrative Officer and Clerk Treasurer, Township of Alberton

“We know Sunny Cove is held dear to many townsfolk as a place of nostalgia, and we are excited to see the facilities repaired back to a safe level so we can continue to offer use of the campgrounds. We are very grateful to the NOHFC for acknowledging the importance of this project, and for providing a very generous grant contribution to see this project to completion.” – John Burrows, Chief Building Official and Municipal Planner, Town of Fort Frances

“The Township greatly appreciates the generous funding our community has received through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. The NOHFC funding programs have been instrumental in our community completing many improvement projects, and we are excited to now move forward with highway corridor beautification elements.” – Gale Black, Mayor, Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls

“Thanks to the generous support from Minister Rickford and the NOHFC, we have rebuilt Dance Community Hall from the ground up. Without this support, we would not be able to bring back this important historical site for the people of Dance Township. We look forward to finishing this project so we can once again host meetings in our state-of-the-art facility, as well as weddings, socials, reunions and other year-round events. Special thanks to all people involved in bringing this project to fruition.” – Keith Munro, President, Dance Township Community Association

"This year, Constant Trucking will be celebrating their 20th year in business in the forest industry, and thanks to supports such as NOHFC for having funds available for small businesses, we are able to expand our business to include more equipment. This purchase will greatly benefit the industry and provide jobs that positively impact our business and Northwestern Ontario." – Connie Foster, Owner, Constant Trucking

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Building Business Centre in Shoal Lake 40 First Nation

Posted on March 08, 2024

KENORA – The Ontario government is providing more than $490,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to build a community business centre. This investment will expand economic development infrastructure and create employment opportunities in the Northwest.

“Our government is proud to invest in the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation Business Centre, which will enable the community to attract and retain jobs and facilitate career skill development closer to home,” said Greg Rickford, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River, Minister of Northern Development and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “By supporting major economic development projects like the one we are celebrating today, we are enhancing community well-being and economic prosperity across Northwestern Ontario.”

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation is using NOHFC funding to build a new 2,000-square-foot, wheelchair-accessible, commercial-grade building to function as the community’s business centre, which will provide much-needed small business and employment opportunities for community members. The business centre will enhance accessibility for community members without access to a vehicle, attracting community members that would otherwise relocate.

“Our focus is building infrastructure for self-reliance and creating a foundation to prevent the economic leakage that made us reliant on others for too long,” said Chief Kevin Redsky, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation. “Our new small business centre will do more than create economic growth for our community, it will improve health and safety with local essential services and will empower our people to build careers as entrepreneurs.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $759 million in 6,233 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,590 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

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Ontario Strengthening Mining Industry in Northern Ontario

Posted on March 04, 2024

TORONTO – The Ontario government is providing more than $3.7 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to 11 mining supply and service sector companies in Northern Ontario. This investment is promoting innovation, workplace safety, business development and job creation in the mining industry.

"Our government continues to send a strong signal to the world that Northern Ontario is open for business, and we are using every tool at our disposal, like the NOHFC, to attract businesses and support economic diversification in the mining sector,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Ontario’s presence at this year’s Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference and trade show in Toronto – the world’s premier mineral exploration and mining convention – is proof of the opportunities that our targeted investments have unlocked across the North.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $894,000 for Itec 2000 Equipment (Timmins) Inc. – a supplier of heavy equipment products and services – to expand into Timmins by acquiring and renovating a building and purchasing equipment
  • $759,573 for A10 Fabrication – an Espanola-based custom design and manufacturing business servicing the mining and forestry sectors – to expand its operations by acquiring and renovating a new property and purchasing equipment
  • $599,893 for NCIndustrial Limited – a Lively-based manufacturer, distributor, and repair depot for heavy industrial products used in the mining, construction, and heavy industrial sectors – to improve productivity by purchasing equipment and reconfiguring its facility
  • $400,000 for Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. – a New Liskeard-based manufacturer of loading and conveyance systems for the mining industry – to expand its product and service offerings by modernizing its facility and purchasing equipment
  • $250,000 for Shaft Sinking Engineered Products Ltd. – a Sudbury-based mining technology business – to develop and test a mucking machine that will automate the development of mine shafts and shaft stations, making mining operations safer and more economical
  • $215,298 for B&D Manufacturing Ltd. – a Chelmsford-based design and fabrication company for mining and construction equipment – to increase production efficiency by purchasing equipment
  • $200,000 for Norsmiths Mining Solutions to establish, in Kirkland Lake, a drill bits and hammer reconditioning business servicing mining companies
  • $143,638 for Nordic Minesteel Technologies Inc. – a North Bay-based solution design company for manufacturing in the mining sector – to develop and test a device that makes the hoisting of persons in mine shafts safer and more economical
  • $101,835 for Cool Heat – a Timmins-based heavy equipment heating and cooling systems services provider for the mining and forestry industries – to improve operational efficiencies by purchasing equipment and building a new shop
  • $100,620 for Titans Mechanical Inc. to establish, in Timmins, a mobile mechanical repair services business for heavy-duty mining equipment and vehicles
  • $79,282 for the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) Timmins – a non-profit organization that develops and provides workplace productivity and safety programs, services, and resources – to increase its in-house training capacity by renovating its facility and purchasing equipment.

“Mining supply and service companies are essential to the success of operations that create wealth and prosperity for the North,” said George Pirie, Minister of Mines, and Member of Provincial Parliament for Timmins. “This announcement includes important investments in great companies in Timmins that service mining operations across the northeast. I am proud to be part of a government that invests in local businesses that ensure Ontario’s mines can keep running for generations to come.”

“These companies, including Nordic Minesteel Technologies in North Bay, are making important contributions to our province’s mining industry and maximizing the potential of the critical mineral wealth found in the North,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Member of Provincial Parliament for Nipissing. “Through the NOHFC, our government is creating the conditions for job creation, attracting new investments and driving economic development across Northern Ontario.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects – big and small, rural and urban – that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $759 million in 6,233 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,590 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.

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"The financial support for Itec 2000 Equipment (Timmins) Inc.’s building and equipment has enabled the company to increase its revenue growth by expanding its offerings in Timmins and exceed its projected staffing growth by more than 25 per cent. Itec looks forward to continuing to support Timmins and surrounding heavy equipment marketplace thanks to this NOHFC support." – Ray Jarvinen, President, Itec 2000 Equipment (Timmins) Inc.

“Thanks to funding from NOHFC, NCIndustrial Limited has been able to fast track the development of our manufacturing infrastructure. Many of our projects used to require outsourcing, often to larger industrial segments in other parts of the province; this is no longer required. As we continue with the plans to develop our manufacturing capabilities with the help of the NOHFC, we will soon be attracting business from the South.”

– Leah Legault, Controller, NCIndustrial Limited

“NOHFC funding is instrumental in allowing Wabi to proceed with critically important upgrades that contribute to improved productivity, superior quality products, and lower costs. Thanks to the support of the Ontario Government, and NOHFC specifically, Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. is on its way to becoming one of the cleanest, most efficient and versatile foundry operations in North America. We thank the Ministry of Northern Development, NOHFC board and Minister Greg Rickford for their vision and steadfast support of economic development in Northern Ontario.” – Jeremy Birnie, Chief Executive Officer, Wabi Iron & Steel Corp.

“Funding from the NOHFC has made it possible for Shaft Sinking Engineered Products to focus on designing and building the safest and most advanced machine of its kind. This project will undoubtedly improve the working conditions for workers in any operational setting and protect those same environments from pollution.” – Nick Dickson, Lead Designer and Owner, Shaft Sinking Engineered Products Ltd.

“NOHFC’s investment has enabled B&D Manufacturing Ltd. to automate several manufacturing processes that increase safety and efficiency. Automation has allowed B&D to increase capacity to meet the domestic and international demand of our products. Already, six new hires are being trained, with additional hires being recruited as production capacity increases. B&D deeply appreciates this strategic investment in the expansion of our business.” – Marie Rose Dubois, Owner and Operator, B&D Manufacturing Ltd.

“The current economic marketplace has its challenges, but the vibrant future of northern communities will only come through the skills and effort of local entrepreneurs partnered with the financial support and long-term vision to which our Ontario government is committed. As a new business seeking to serve the mining sector in Northern Ontario, Norsmiths Mining Solutions greatly appreciates the investment and support of the NOHFC as it seeks to fulfil its vision of being from the North, for the North.” – Dixitkumar Patel, Chief Administrative Officer and Owner, Norsmiths Mining Solutions

“Nordic Minesteel Technologies continues to innovate safe and effective solutions for the challenges that our mining clients face in their operations. NOHFC’s financial support helps us grow our team and remain competitive while we address the needs of our clients and provide long-term solutions for the industry. Thank you NOHFC for your ongoing support and the confidence you have shown in our company.” – Ronald Elliott, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nordic Minesteel Technologies Inc.

“The funding from the NOHFC will enable Cool Heat to expand its operations, enhancing its ability to serve the region and meet the industrial heating and cooling requirements of both local communities and the broader Northern Ontario area.” – Dave Savard, Owner, Cool Heat

" NOHFC’s unwavering support for small businesses has empowered growth and innovation in our small community. This grant has provided us with a lifeline, propelling us towards success and we hope to make a lasting impact here in Timmins. Thank you for being a catalyst for positive change in our entrepreneurial journey and the community." – David Subryan, Owner and Operator, and Priscilla Kistnen, Chief Executive Officer and Business Liaison, Titans Mechanical Inc.

“Thanks to the NOHFC funding we've received, NORCAT Timmins is currently undergoing renovations to enhance our training facility. We will be transforming smaller, outdated office spaces into spacious and modern classrooms and boardrooms. By extension, this will allow us to accommodate bigger class sizes, fostering improved interaction among trainees with diverse experience levels and job descriptions, all learning from a unified curriculum.” – Matt Foy, General Manager, NORCAT Timmins

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Ontario Enhancing Community Infrastructure and Accessibility in Township of Armour

Posted on February 26, 2024

ARMOUR – The Ontario government is providing more than $334,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to two community infrastructure projects in the Township of Armour. This investment will improve municipal and recreational infrastructure, promote tourism and enhance quality of life in the Northeast.

“I’m thankful for the NOHFC’s commitment to the Katrine Community Centre and Watt Century Farm Heritage Centre infrastructure improvement projects,” said Graydon Smith, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka. “Community centres and heritage buildings are the heart of small-town Ontario. It’s where we spend time with our neighbours, welcome new-comers and visitors, and showcase our proud history. I hope the residents of Armour and the surrounding Almaguin Highlands can enjoy these centres for years to come.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $173,700 for the Township of Armour to upgrade the Katrine Community Centre by renovating the washroom and kitchen, updating the landscape and facade, increasing storage space and installing new signage. The project will improve the appearance, accessibility and usability of the facility’s exterior and interior.
  • $160,380 for the Township of Armour to upgrade the Watt Century Farm Heritage Centre by removing and replacing the existing shed, installing an accessible washroom, and expanding the exhibit and event spaces to store and display Almaguin Highlands artifacts. The project will provide a step back in time to visitors and support the Heritage Day Festival held every July.

“The Township of Armour is extremely grateful to the province for its support of two key projects in our community. The NOHFC supported our major renovation project at the Katrine Community Centre and our storage expansion at the Watt Century Farm Heritage Centre, which frame nicely our Township motto to remember the past and plan for the future,” said Rod Ward, Mayor, Township of Armour. “We thank the Ontario government, NOHFC, and our MPP, Graydon Smith, as well as our staff, volunteers, council, and the community for supporting these initiatives.”

"Our government is committed to the well-being of communities across the Northeast.” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “These investments will help the Township of Armour make repairs and upgrades to community infrastructure, enhancing recreational facilities and providing accessible and vibrant spaces for residents and tourists alike.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $759 million in 6,233 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,590 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

Media Contacts

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Ontario Supporting Health Care Industry Innovation and Accessibility in Sudbury

Posted on February 13, 2024

SUDBURY – The Ontario government is providing more than $2 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to three health care industry projects in Sudbury. This investment will help boost economic growth, create good paying jobs and improve accessibility to high-quality localized health care services for northern communities.

“Our government is building a resilient northern health care system by making targeted investments through the NOHFC that enhance local health care delivery and support innovative medical diagnostic technology being developed right here in Northeastern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Today’s investments will ensure residents receive top-quality patient care in their community, as well as support a world-class medical research and development industry in the Northeast.”


The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $1,315,500 for Verv Technologies to create the first affordable, easy-to-use testing device that provides rapid, accurate blood analysis using disposable test chips that allow consumers to monitor and manage their health and wellness from the comfort of their own home
  • $400,000 for Canadian Shield Health Care Services Inc. to enhance existing home care and wellness services by building a new clinic providing an integrated care model that is new to Northern Ontario
  • $378,200 for Flosonics Medical to research, develop, prototype and certify the first wireless non-invasive medical device of its kind that will facilitate rapid assessment of heart function outside of a hospital setting without highly trained technicians.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $759 million in 6,233 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,595 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

Quotes

“Verv Technologies is finalizing a first-of-its-kind portable blood analyzer that positions Verv to redefine home health monitoring. This funding enables us to expedite our commercialization timeline and strengthen our team. With the Ontario government’s backing, we're poised to advance health innovation that promises widespread benefits, both within our borders and beyond.” – Marty Gurbin, Chief Executive Officer, Verv Technologies

“The generous support from the Ontario Government and the NOHFC has been instrumental in transforming our blueprint into reality by enabling the construction of our facility and the procurement of high-quality medical equipment, helping us fill health care gaps in our local communities and expand current health services. This funding has afforded us the opportunity to enhance accessibility and quality of a generational suite of services for our community, driving us forward in our commitment to health care innovation, community well-being, enhancing patient care and service diversity.” – Maneesh Walia, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Shield Health Care Services Inc.

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Ontario Supporting Film and Television Production in Sudbury

Posted on February 13, 2024

SUDBURY – The Ontario government is providing more than $3.4 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) towards three film and television production projects in Sudbury. This investment will create local jobs and help raise the profile of the production industry in Northern Ontario.

“Our government continues to elevate Northern Ontario’s world-class film and television industry with targeted investments through the NOHFC that drive the local economy and create new jobs in the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “We are proud to support today’s film and TV projects in Sudbury, an important production hub in the region.”

Film and television productions funded through the NOHFC include:

  • $2,650,000 combined for Spinner Productions Inc. to produce Season 2 ($1,250,000) and Season 3 ($1,400,000) of the Canadian comedy television series, “Shoresy,” a spin-off of the series, “Letterkenny,” which focuses on Letterkenny’s most beloved hockey player, Shoresy, and follows the Sudbury Bulldogs of the Northern Ontario Senior Hockey Organization on a quest to never lose again
  • $816,617 for ZT Productions Inc. to produce the film “Zombie Town,” a film adaptation of the eponymous novel written by R.L. Stine, author of the “Goosebumps” series of children's horror fiction novels.

“Good things are filmed in Ontario,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “This investment through the NOHFC reaffirms our government’s continued efforts to expand Northern Ontario’s thriving film and television industry. I am proud that audiences around the world will see more Ontario-made content, illustrating why our province is a choice destination for film production industry.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $759 million in 6,233 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,595 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • The NOHFC’s Cultural Supports Program showcases Northern Ontario culture, geography and talent through event partnerships and support for the production of films and TV series.

Additional Resources

Quotes

“The unwavering support we’ve received from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund has played a pivotal role in fueling our production on Seasons 2 and 3 for our latest series, ‘Shoresy’. We express our deep gratitude for the province’s ongoing investments, which have facilitated the creation of numerous jobs locally for our talented cast and crew, and we are proud of the substantial economic impact New Metric Media’s productions continues to have in Northern Ontario.” – Mark Montefiore, Founder and CEO, New Metric Media.

“We thank the NOHFC and the Ontario government for their investments, which have helped us deliver a fantastic film, ‘Zombie Town’, and also develop community partnerships post production like the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre for the Zombie Train, which we hope will become an annual tourism event. The community partners that worked with us both during and after this project showed us the true spirit of Northern Ontario. We look forward to bringing more projects to film in the North.” – John Gillespie, Micheline Blais, Mark Holdom, Producers, ZT Productions Inc.

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Ontario Cultivating the Agri-Food Sector in the North

Posted on February 13, 2024

SUDBURY – The Ontario government is providing more than $3 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to six agri-food projects in the North. This investment will boost local food production, create jobs and stimulate expansion and diversification in the northern agri-food sector.

Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, made the announcement today at the Northern Ontario Agriculture Conference.

“Our government continues to strengthen the Northern agri-food industry with targeted investments that enhance community prosperity and expand access to quality locally produced food,” said Minister Rickford. “The NOHFC was modernized by our government so more businesses and organizations can apply for funding to support projects that boost sustainable crop production and economic growth here in the North.”

Funded NOHFC projects include:

  • $1,000,000 for the Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance (NOFIA) to administer a tile drainage project over 1,991 acres in the Timiskaming and Cochrane Districts, benefitting a consortium of 18 producers
  • $828,000 for LaCloche Manitoulin Business Assistance Corporation (LAMBAC) to administer a tile drainage project over 1,380 acres in the Manitoulin Island region, benefitting a consortium of 24 producers
  • $493,800 for the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre to administer a tile drainage project over 823 acres in the Algoma and Manitoulin Districts, benefitting a consortium of eight producers
  • $481,200 for West Nipissing East Sudbury Agricultural Support Projects Inc. to administer a tile drainage project over 802 acres in the of Nipissing, Sudbury and Parry Sound Districts, benefitting a consortium of seven producers
  • $221,148 for Reliable Elevators Corp. to acquire three trucks and two grain-hauling trailers to support the growing demand for higher haulage volumes of crop production in Northern Ontario
  • $50,000 for Henwood Tree Farm to provide a cut-your-own tree experience with a rotation of local Christmas tree species

“Over the last few years, we’ve seen the North make great strides to leverage its abundance in the agriculture and food industry,” said Lisa Thompson, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs. “These investments will only strengthen production in Northern Ontario, and the projects we are celebrating today gives me a distinct sense of confidence about the future of the entire agriculture and food sector throughout the province – particularly as we look to reach the goals set out in the Grow Ontario Strategy.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $759 million in 6,233 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,595 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • The 6th annual Northern Ontario Agriculture Conference is taking place February 12–13, 2024, at Science North in Sudbury.

Additional Resources

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

Quotes

“NOFIA appreciates the NOHFC's continued support for agricultural development. Agriculture in Northern Ontario supports over 7,835 jobs and contributes over $522 million in GDP to the provincial economy. Farm cash receipts have grown over the past 15 years from $182 million in 2006 to $238 million in 2021.The investments made through programs such as NOHFC’s Invest North and the Regional Tile Drainage Initiative have played a key role in the growth seen in the sector across Northern Ontario.” – Yves Gauthier, President, NOFIA

“LAMBAC is thankful for the continued support from the Ministry of Northern Development through the NOHFC for a tile drainage project to advance the agricultural opportunities in LaCloche Manitoulin. This project will see an additional 1,300 acres of farmland have improvements to soil aeration, increased crop productivity, reduced soil erosion, season extension and an overall increase in the value of the farmland impacted by this project.” – Carolyn Campbell, Executive Director, LAMBAC

“The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) is committed to fostering innovation and growth in Algoma’s agri-food sector. This funding from the Government of Ontario for tile drainage infrastructure is critical for bolstering productivity and sustainability on Algoma farms.“ – David Thompson, RAIN Director, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

“Funding from the NOHFC will assist participants in growing a wider diversity of value added crops, increase yields, assure timely access to fields and provide a level of protection against weather events brought on by climate change. The NOHFC tiling program is changing the face of agriculture in our region and is encouraging investment in elevators, grain drying facilities, equipment purchase, trucking and crop inputs.” –Michel Champagne, General Manager, West Nipissing East Sudbury Agricultural Support Projects Inc.

"We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the NOHFC for the financial contribution to the construction of the barn at Henwood Tree Farm. The support has been instrumental in bringing our vision to life and creating a vital space for our operations. The impact of your investment will not only be felt by our family, but by the community we serve, especially during the holiday season. Thank you for being a key partner in our endeavor." – Isabelle Allen, General Manager, Henwood Tree Farm

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Ontario Supporting Prosperity Northwest Tradeshow and Conference in Thunder Bay

Posted on January 30, 2024

THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is providing $15,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce to host, in partnership with the Anishnawbe Business Professional Association, the 2024 Prosperity Northwest tradeshow and conference in Thunder Bay on January 30 and 31. This investment is helping industry professionals connect and grow their businesses.

"I am delighted to witness the unfolding of Prosperity Northwest right here in Thunder Bay," said Kevin Holland, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Thunder Bay-Atikokan. "Energy, mining, bioeconomy and forestry stand as the pillars of economic development for our district. This gathering of industry professionals fosters collaboration and ensures Northwestern Ontario's resilience and prosperity in the broader landscape of our province."

Prosperity Northwest is for people and businesses connected to the mining, forestry, bioeconomy and energy sectors. It is an occasion to network with industry experts, and features a tradeshow with 60 exhibitors and a lineup of speakers sharing their knowledge and discussing strategies and concepts on partnerships and opportunities in Northwestern Ontario.

"We are extremely grateful for the support of the NOHFC, which is instrumental to the growth of Prosperity Northwest,” said Charla Robinson, President, Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce. “As one of the region’s premier business conferences, Prosperity Northwest focuses on providing content and contacts that ensure businesses can harness growth opportunities across Northwestern Ontario.”

“As part of our government’s commitment to strengthen regional economic opportunities in the North, we are proud to support Prosperity Northwest with an investment from the NOHFC,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “The tradeshow and conference brings together top industry professionals promoting local networking and partnership opportunities right here in the Northwest.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects – big and small, rural and urban – that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $726 million in 6,128 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,500 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 Cultural Supports Program showcases Northern Ontario culture, geography and talent through event partnerships and support for the production of films and television series.

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Nipissing

Posted on January 26, 2024

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $942,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for 32 job placement opportunities in the Nipissing region. This investment will help businesses expand operations and grow Northern Ontario’s workforce.

“Our government is helping northerners find new opportunities to gain hands-on experience to build careers right here at home,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “The variety of companies and organizations taking advantage of the NOHFC grants includes small businesses, not-for-profits, post-secondary institutions and manufacturers, and shows the diversity of the program.”

Internship projects receiving NOHFC funding include:

  • $64,750 for Fabrene Inc. to hire a Construction and Maintenance Electrician Apprentice and an Industrial Mechanic Apprentice to maintain plant equipment, grounds and buildings in the highest operating condition
  • $35,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Bay and District Inc. to hire a Caseworker to recruit, screen and train volunteer mentors, match mentors to children, establish care plans and provide resources to low-income families
  • $33,742 for Pathways Wellness Clinic Inc. to hire an Advanced Foot Care Nurse to conduct foot and lower limb assessments, provide foot care treatments, teach clients about preventative and restorative strategies and prepare electronic scheduling and documentation

“Through the NOHFC, our government is focused on supporting projects that provide on-the-job career development opportunities while addressing skilled labour shortages in the Northeast,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Together with our northern partners, we are creating highly skilled, good-paying jobs that will boost economic growth and prosperity here in Nipissing.”

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $726 million in 6,128 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,500 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • A list of all 32 Nipissing NOHFC internship program funding recipients is available on the corporation’s website.

Additional Resources

Quotes

“This funding marks a pivotal moment for Fabrene as we strive to address the pressing challenges in today's labour market, particularly in the technical trades sector. We believe this collaboration with NOHFC is a testament to our commitment to bridging the skilled labour gap in the market. Together, we are investing in our people, our community, and sustainable economic growth.” – Dave May, Site Director, Fabrene Inc.

"The NOHFC People and Talent program has supported Big Brothers Big Sisters in hiring a skilled social worker. This funding has made it possible for hundreds of local children and youth to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister or to enrol in our school groups and transitional services." – Darlene Jamieson, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Bay and District Inc.

"NOHFC funding has been instrumental in creating a full-time nursing position with Pathways. MPP Fedeli's support has been fundamental in empowering Pathways Wellness and Medical Foot Care to elevate our impact on underserved communities. This commitment enables us to provide comprehensive healthcare services and strengthens our resolve to make a positive difference in the lives of those in need within this great community." – Brittany and Shawn Louiseize, Chief Executive Officers, Pathways Wellness Clinic Inc.

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Ontario Supporting Economic Development Opportunities in Nipissing Region

Posted on January 24, 2024

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $3.6 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to eight economic development projects in the Nipissing region. This investment will promote film and television production, improve municipal infrastructure, expand company operations and create jobs in the Northeast.

“The eight projects we are here to celebrate today are prime examples of the breadth and depth of the modernized NOHFC program,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “From investing in the North’s booming film industry, to supporting upgrades and renovations to cattle farms, we are committed to the economic growth and development of all sectors across Northeastern Ontario.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $2,000,000 for Piazza Entertainment to produce, in North Bay and Sudbury, season two of the television series SkyMed
  • $500,000 for Gearshift Productions to produce, in North Bay, the television movie Chopping Boy
  • $499,574 for the Municipality of Callander to make its waterfront safe and accessible by restoring and updating the municipal pier, Centennial Park and Lansdowne Street
  • $191,594 for 287 Farm Production Inc. to establish a poultry processing plant in Powassan
  • $191,331 for Everest Solutions & Images Ltd. to establish a school photography services business in North Bay
  • $132,733 for Sunrise Meadows – a lamb and beef cattle farm in Powassan – to construct a new barn, renovate existing facilities and purchase equipment
  • $51,682 for Northland Glass & Metal – a business in North Bay that specializes in the distribution, installation, and repair of door and window products – to purchase equipment and renovate its facility
  • $50,000 for McRae Mills Ltd. – a forest products company in Whitney that specializes in the manufacturing of high-quality hardwood products – to modernize a sawmill.

“Our government is proud to make targeted investments in projects that drive economic development and growth in Nipissing,” said Vic Fedeli, Member of Provincial Parliament for Nipissing. “By working hand-in-hand with our northern partners, we are creating meaningful career opportunities in a variety of sectors that will contribute to stronger, more vibrant communities."

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $726 million in 6,128 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,500 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, Northern Development Offices and Small Business Enterprise Centres are available to support northern communities, businesses and other stakeholders in identifying economic development opportunities and assist in accessing government funding programs.
  • The NOHFC’s Cultural Supports Program showcases Northern Ontario culture, geography and talent through event partnerships and support for the production of films and television series.
  • 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.

Quotes

"Celebrating the splendor of Northern Ontario on the global stage, the television series SkyMed not only captures the majestic beauty of our province but also reflects the rich tapestry of diversity that defines Canada's identity. Without the support of the Ontario government through the NOHFC, SkyMed could not have been made." – Vanessa Piazza, Executive Producer for SkyMed and Founder of Piazza Entertainment

“Early into the production of our film, it became clear to us that the mere existence of the NOHFC has changed the industry for the better by greatly increasing the number of projects produced, and by doing so, creating a wealth of highly skilled crew members and technicians in the North. Through its years of support, the NOHFC has cultivated an industry of its own, synonymous with the best in the nation.” – Jordan Barker, Producer for Chopping Boy and Co-owner of Gearshift Productions

“NOHFC funds provided us with the opportunity to accelerate the implementation of our Downtown and Waterfront Revitalization Strategy. The additions to the park, including the pavilion and new landscaping, has increased park attendance and business for our downtown core, while also giving our residents a new place to meet and gather. Without this funding, it would have taken us years to see these improvements and increased economic activity.” – Ashley Bilodeau, Senior Municipal Advisor, Municipality of Callander

“I am grateful for NOHFC funding, which will be used to purchase new equipment and expand our facility. This support means a lot to our company. We will now be able to better serve local farmers, providing them with more opportunities and improving their economic prospects.” – Hong Dan Yu, Owner, 287 Farm Production Inc.

"The NOHFC played a pivotal role in our journey to establish a national school photography enterprise, empowering us to invest in essential technology and software to kickstart our business. Looking ahead, we envision expanding our footprint across Canada, with North Bay remaining as our base. – Mike Johnson, Co-owner, Everest Solutions & Images Ltd.

“The contribution we received from the NOHFC has allowed us to make equipment and building improvements that have been invaluable to the operation of our business. Their support is not just an investment in our infrastructure, but a commitment to our growth and the prosperity of our community.” – Michael Valenti, President, Northland Glass & Metal

“As a fifth-generation, family-owned lumber company that has been in business since 1885 in a small Northern Ontario community, we are proud to be partners with the Ontario government. The NOHFC funding we have received for the planned upgrades to our small log sawmill is instrumental. Modernization and technological improvement of two primary machine centres will allow for higher productivity and greater utilization, all the while creating a safer work environment.” – Jamie McRae, Owner and Operator, McRae Mills Ltd.

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Kenora—Rainy River

Posted on January 16, 2024

KENORA – The Ontario government is providing more than $1.2 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for 45 job placement opportunities in Kenora—Rainy River. This investment will help businesses expand operations and grow Northern Ontario’s workforce.

“Through the NOHFC, our government is focused on creating highly skilled, good-paying jobs that will boost economic growth and prosperity and help businesses harness local talent in the Northwest,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora—Rainy River. “Together with our northern partners, we are building on-the-job career development opportunities and addressing skilled labour shortages right here in Kenora—Rainy River.”

Internship projects receiving NOHFC funding include:

  • $36,239 for Ziibi Anishinabe Investments Inc. to hire an Operations Analyst Intern to assist the CEO and CFO with the daily management of the Ziibi Group of Companies, including annual budget initiatives
  • $35,000 for Atlantic Industries Ltd. to hire a Plant Supervisor responsible for analyzing charts, work orders, production schedules and other reports to determine production requirements and evaluate estimates and outputs
  • $35,000 for the Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce to hire a Membership and Marketing Intern to work with the Chamber manager, board of directors and partner organizations in the development of initiatives enhancing economic opportunities in the Kenora District
  • $28,704 for Bar- B-Q- Bob’s Log Cabin Tavern Ltd. to hire a Cheesecake Baker to bake and decorate cheesecakes, cookies and new dessert items for the restaurant and to set up and serve desserts at catered events

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $726 million in 6,128 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,500 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • A list of all 45 Kenora—Rainy River NOHFC internship program funding recipients is available on the corporation’s website.

Additional Resources

Quotes

“The Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce would like to express our gratitude to NOHFC for helping us fund our new Membership and Marketing Intern position, which will help the Chamber develop new and innovative ideas that will bring more benefits to our current membership as well as grow our number of members.” – Andy Scribilo, President, Kenora and District Chamber of Commerce

“The NOHFC has provided relief and the opportunity to train and expand production. Through this internship, our employee is learning valuable skills that will help advance their career in a specialized industry.” – Pam Viinikka, Owner, Bar- B-Q- Bob’s Log Cabin Tavern Ltd.

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Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Funding Kenora Youth Wellness Hub Renovations

Posted on January 11, 2024

KENORA – The Ontario government is providing $500,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA), also known as Ogimaawabiitong, to renovate the Kenora Youth Wellness Hub. This investment supports culturally appropriate health and social services for youth in the Kenora region.

“Our government is proud to invest in the Kenora Youth Wellness Hub, allowing the facility to expand programming and provide additional supports to youth and families with diverse needs,” said Greg Rickford, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River, Minister of Northern Development and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “Targeted investments through the NOHFC, like the one we are celebrating today, are critical to promoting healthy, strong and vibrant communities across the Northwest.”

KCA is using NOHFC funding to add a kitchen, laundry room, shower and meeting room to the Kenora Youth Wellness Hub. These additions will allow youth to access life skills, share meals and hold gatherings at the facility. The hub serves youth aged 12 to 25 and provides employment, education, primary care, mental health and substance use supports.

“We are very appreciative of our continuous partnership with the NOHFC and the Ontario government,” said Chief Lorraine Cobiness, Board President, Kenora Chiefs Advisory. “Investing in our youth is an investment in our future. We have to ensure the spaces we create for them are not only safe but also have our culture incorporated into every element at a grass-roots level. When we incorporate our traditional and cultural elements into physical spaces, we are creating a feeling of home and community for our youth. The enhancements to the Kenora Youth Wellness Hub will increase our presence and fill service gaps we are currently facing.”

Incorporated in 1995, KCA is an alliance of nine First Nations in and around Kenora. Chiefs from each of the nine First Nations form the Board of Directors. The advisory provides services to address the needs and enhance the well-being of all its community members.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $726 million in 6,128 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,500 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

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Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Funding Parry Sound Public Library HVAC System Upgrade

Posted on December 15, 2023

PARRY SOUND – The Ontario government is providing $38,109 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Parry Sound Public Library Board to upgrade the library’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. This investment will help ensure library services and programming continue for the Town of Parry Sound, Municipality of McDougall, Township of Carling and Township of The Archipelago.

“Our government recognizes the importance of investing in community infrastructure, particularly in small towns like Parry Sound,” said Graydon Smith, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka. “With a generous grant from the NOHFC, the Parry Sound Public Library now has three brand new HVAC systems. This will ensure that all users won’t have to worry about the quality of air while choosing a book, researching for a project, or taking part in one of the library’s great events.”

The Parry Sound Public Library Board, a non-profit organization, is using NOHFC funding to replace the library’s HVAC systems. Updated HVAC systems will support the health and well-being of staff and visitors, as well as preserve the library’s collection of books and other materials.

Located in the Town of Parry Sound, the Parry Sound Public Library is a stand-alone organization, not owned or operated by a municipality. Through service agreements, the library serves the Town of Parry Sound, Municipality of McDougall, Township of Carling and Township of The Archipelago, which have a combined service population of more than 12,000 residents.

"The Parry Sound Public Library Board and staff are deeply grateful for the support from the province of Ontario and the Town of Parry Sound in funding this project,” said Selena Martens, Chief Executive Officer, Parry Sound Public Library Board. “The grant from the NOHFC, covering 75 per cent of the cost to replace the library's outdated heating and cooling units, allows the library building to continue to operate and serve our community in comfort."

“The Parry Sound Public Library offers a diverse range of programming and services for people of all ages and walks of life and facilitates a variety of special events throughout the year,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our government’s NOHFC funding is helping guarantee the library remains an important community asset for many years to come.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $717 million in 5,875 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,260 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

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Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Supporting More Film Production in North Bay

Posted on December 08, 2023

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $4.4 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) towards six film production projects in North Bay. This investment will create local jobs and help raise the profile of the film and television industry in Northern Ontario.

“Our government is proud to continue providing targeted investments to support the film and television industry in Northern Ontario, which continues to create good jobs and develop skilled local talent,” said Vic Fedeli, Member of Provincial Parliament for Nipissing. “Today’s funding is helping solidify the North’s reputation as a first-rate production centre in North America and the world.”

Film productions funded through the NOHFC include:

  • $2 million for Great Productions (Ontario) Inc. to produce the film, “Everything’s Going to be Great” in partnership with Amaze Film + Television Inc. and Everything Great Holdings, LLC., that follows the story of a struggling small-town, family-run theater and stars Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy-winner Allison Janney and Oscar-nominee and Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston
  • $500,000 for Hideaway Pictures Inc. to produce the film “Christmas By Chance,” which follows a newly single woman who accepts an invitation meant for someone else, and $500,000 to produce “Harvest Homecoming,” a romantic story that follows a substitute teacher who moves back to the family farm
  • $500,000 for KM Windmill Love Productions Inc. to produce “Christmas on Windmill Way,” a holiday story about a woman’s attempts to save a historic windmill from a hotel development, and $500,000 for HP Styled Christmas Productions to produce “Royally Styled for Christmas,” which follows the story of an assistant manager of an upscale boutique who is roped into being the personal stylist of a visiting duke
  • $415,000 for Other Animal Entertainment Inc. to produce the feature film “Noble & the Kid,” a story of a man with troubled past who must take over custody of his friend's child after a tragic accident

“With targeted investments through the NOHFC, our government continues to put Northern Ontario’s emerging film and television sector on the map, driving the local economy and creating employment opportunities in the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “We have a world-class production destination here in the North, and we are proud to support today’s film projects.”

"NOHFC-funded film productions in Northern Ontario help highlight the region as a top film and TV location in Canada," said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “This investment will encourage others to film in the North, showcasing the region’s beauty while creating jobs and boosting local economies.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $724 million in 6,060 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,440 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • The NOHFC’s Cultural Supports Program showcases Northern Ontario culture, geography and talent through event partnerships and support for the production of films and TV series.

Additional Resources

Quotes

“We are very connected to the North, having produced several returning series like Carter and The Lake over the years, and will continue to be a huge supporter of Northern Ontario. Thanks to the backing of MPP Fedeli, Mayor Chirico and the NOHFC, we’re able to continue contributing to the region's growth with projects that support the Northern ecosystem.” – Alex Lalonde, Producer, Amaze Film + Television Inc.

"On behalf of Astute Films, we are grateful to NOHFC for its incredible support which made it possible for us to film in this awesome community. The beautiful scenery, the talented local crew and the friendly and hospitable people have made filming here a terrific experience. We are proud to showcase the beauty of Northern Ontario and contribute to the growth of the local film industry. Go Battalions!” – Astute Films

“We're proud to film in Northern Ontario, which offers a unique and captivating setting for ‘Everything’s Going to Be Great.’ None of this would have been possible without the incredible support of the NOHFC, our Canadian producing partners Amaze, as well as Clubhouse Pictures, Astute Films and the tireless work of our talented filmmakers, cast and crew.” – eOne Features LLC

"Over the years, the NOHFC has allowed northerners like myself to stay at home and help create a new and exciting industry in Northern Ontario. This funding is essential to developing new and exciting jobs for the youth of our region, keeping them at home to work and live. Minister Fedeli has been a champion of the film industry in North Bay and throughout all of Ontario. His hard work has helped create thousands of jobs at home while attracting hundreds of millions to our economy." – David Anselmo, President of Production, Hideaway Pictures

"It's fantastic to be filming in Northern Ontario once again. The ongoing support from the NOHFC and the local cast and crews continues to make Northern Ontario a world-class destination for productions." – Ryan Keller, Producer, Noble & the Kid

Media Contacts

Curtis Lindsay
Minister Rickford’s Office -- Curtis.Lindsay@ontario.ca

437-240-7317

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Ontario Strengthening Mining Industry Innovation and Development in the Northeast

Posted on November 09, 2023

SUDBURY – The Ontario government is providing more than $4.1 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to five mining supply and services projects in Northeastern Ontario.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development.

“These investments will support our province’s growing mining industry and help build-up our home-grown electric vehicle and battery supply chain,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, our government is helping to create thousands of jobs, attract new investments and spur economic growth in Sudbury and throughout the north.”

Projects funded through the NOHFC include:

  • $2 million for Frontier Lithium Inc. in Sudbury to demonstrate a new lithium extraction process that produces high-quality lithium chemicals used in lithium-ion battery and electric vehicle manufacturing. This is a key step before exploring the possibility of establishing a full commercial-scale lithium chemical plant in Northern Ontario that could provide employment opportunities for more than 200 people
  • $1 million for Tim McDowell Equipment Ltd. in Sudbury to expand its facility and purchase equipment, allowing the company to expand its operations in supplying heavy equipment to the mining and construction industry and providing repair and rebuilding services
  • $399,977 for Z’Gamok Construction LP in Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation to purchase equipment to expand operations in Algoma-Manitoulin in industrial services including aggregate hauling, site services, and custodial and site security
  • $390,000 for MOSWA Fuels in Cochrane to purchase new trucks and tankers to haul fuel to the Detour Lake gold mine to support a five-year contract with Kirkland Lake Gold
  • $310,500 for Rocvent Inc. and 1887571 Ontario Inc., a manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) flexible mine ducting in Sudbury, to purchase new equipment that will more than double production of their high frequency welding units.

“We continue to make targeted investments in business development, as well as innovative technology developed right here in Northern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Not only does today’s funding strenghten the mining supply and services sector, but it also supports our government’s Critical Minerals Strategy and our goal of being a supplier, producer and manufacturer of choice for critical minerals.”

“Our government is building an integrated supply chain through our Critical Minerals Strategy by investing in critical minerals exploration, innovation and processing,” said George Pirie, Minister of Mines. “We want lithium from Northern Ontario to fuel the electric vehicle manufacturing revolution in the South and this investment in Frontier Lithium will support building the processing and refining capacity we need to get it done. This is another example of Ontario mining companies leading the charge for critical minerals innovation and creating good jobs in communities across the province.”

Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $724 million in 6,060 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,440 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

Quotes

“I would like to express my gratitude for the funding received from the Ontario government and Minister Rickford and for their ongoing support in advancing Frontier Lithium’s chemical test work. This investment in innovation supports critical minerals processing and refining capability in Ontario and brings our project another step closer to commercialization.” – Trevor Walker, President and Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Lithium

“Z’gamok Construction is grateful for the support shown by our provincial government. The funding provided has allowed us to increase our capacity while adding more than ten valuable jobs to our company.” – Kevin Sanderson, General Manager, Z’Gamok Construction LP

“We are most grateful for the financial support received from the NOHFC, which has not only created additional employment at our Sudbury operation but has also allowed us to become more competitive in the mining heartland of Sudbury, at a time when high inflationary pressures are being felt by all.” – Don Turgeon, General Manager and David Ansara, Controller, Rocvent Inc.

Media Contacts

Stephanie Bellotto
Premier’s Office -- Stephanie.Bellotto@ontario.ca

Curtis Lindsay
Minister Rickford’s Office -- Curtis.Lindsay@ontario.ca

437-240-7317

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Ontario Supporting Extension of Snowmobile Season in Northwestern Ontario

Posted on November 08, 2023

KENORA – The Ontario government is providing $76,823 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Sunset Trail Riders Snowmobile Club in Kenora. This investment will extend the winter season for snowmobilers and boost travel and tourism in the Northwest.

"With our government’s investment of nearly $77,000, members of the Sunset Trail Riders Snowmobile Club can start grooming snowmobile trails in our area earlier and later in the season, resulting in an extended season for locals and tourists alike," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River. "Today is another example of our government supporting projects that strengthen tourism and economic development opportunities in and around Kenora."

Sunset Trail Riders Snowmobile Club, a non-profit organization, maintains 623 kilometres of groomed trails. The club is using NOHFC funding to purchase equipment and renovate its storage facility. The project will lengthen the region’s snowmobile season by approximately two weeks by allowing new, lighter trail grooming equipment to safely groom over 10 inches of ice, instead of the 16 inches of ice currently required by the club’s older equipment.

“The Sunset Trail Riders Snowmobile Club faces yearly challenges putting in snowmobile trails because our current grooming equipment requires 16 inches of ice,” said Rick Vincent, Director, and Connie Gilbertson, Volunteer, Sunset Trail Riders Snowmobile Club. “The opportunity to purchase lightweight grooming equipment that only requires 10 inches of ice allows for earlier trail availability and extends the snowmobile and winter tourism season. An early, more consistent season compliments the City of Kenora’s five-year economic development and tourism strategy. With this wonderful support from our provincial government, we anticipate great results.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $717 million in 5,875 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,260 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.

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Strengthening Economic Development Opportunities in Timmins

Posted on November 06, 2023

TIMMINS – The Ontario government is providing more than $1.3 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to four economic development projects in Timmins. This investment will help address food insecurities, improve municipal infrastructure, expand company operations and create jobs in the Northeast.

"Making local investments in northern communities will ensure places like my riding of Timmins are set up for long-term success," said George Pirie, MPP for Timmins. "Through the NOHFC, our government is investing $1.3 million in four economic development projects in the Timmins area that address food insecurity and infrastructure needs, as well as create quality job opportunities for the people in our community.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $741,917 for the District of Cochrane Social Services Administration Board to purchase and renovate a downtown property to create a central food services and security hub
  • $400,000 for Parker Construction and Parker Equipment to build a heavy equipment repair and maintenance facility, and purchase a dozer and an excavator
  • $102,500 for the Sikh Sangat of Timmins to build a community kitchen and shelter within its Gurdwara – a place of assembly and worship where people of all faiths are welcome
  • $89,057 for the Costello Community Care Centre to install a new steel roof, eavestroughs, and downspouts.

“We are proud of the work our government is doing alongside northern communities, non-profits and businesses to drive economic growth and job creation in the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Together, we are keeping the North competitive and current, improving local amenities, and creating real opportunities for people and families across the region.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $717 million in 5,875 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,260 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

Quotes

“The new centralized food services building seeks to address the issue of food insecurity in our community by providing access to real support through the many partners housed in this facility. With this NOHFC funding, this project can make the necessary renovations and capital acquisitions to ensure that everyone making the difficult choice between food and bills, has access to healthy, nutritional choices each and every day.” – Brian Marks, Chief Administrative Officer, District of Cochrane Social Services Administration Board

“We want to thank the NOHFC for the approval of our business expansion. As a result of the growing construction industry, NOHFC funding has allowed us to expand our company to hire more employees and construct a new shop to meet local demands.” – Al Bussiere, Owner, Parker Construction and Parker Equipment

“On behalf of the Sikh Sangat of Timmins, I would like to thank the NOHFC for the grant to build the community kitchen and shelter in our establishment, which is designed to address the most fundamental needs of the vulnerable population in our City of Timmins. Our establishment provides a place where homeless individuals and families can find food, shelter, and safety, ensuring that they have access to basic necessities.” – Kanwaljit Kaur Bains, Co-founder, Sikh Sangat of Timmins

“Thank you to the NOHFC and Ontario government for the support received. This funding will help with the upgrading of our roof. Keeping our building updated allows us to continue to serve the community’s needs.” – Earl MacGillivray, Chairman, Costello Community Care Centre

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Strengthening Agri-Food Sector in the North

Posted on November 04, 2023

TORONTO – The Ontario government is providing more than $4.1 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to nine agri-food projects in the North. This investment will boost local food production, create jobs and stimulate expansion and diversification in the northern agri-food sector.

Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, made the announcement today at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

“Through targeted investments like the ones we are celebrating today, our government continues to strengthen the Northern agri-food industry that keeps our communities thriving,” said Minister Rickford. “The NOHFC was modernized by our government so more businesses and organizations can apply for the supports they need to diversify their offerings, expand their facilities, or take on projects like tile drainage to enhance their crop production in the North.”

Funded NOHFC projects include:

  • $1,400,000 for Lactalis Canada Inc. to convert their Sudbury milk facility into a premium non-dairy, plant-based facility
  • $945,506 for the Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance to administer a tile drainage project in the Timiskaming–Cochrane District, spanning 1,888 acres and supporting 19 producers
  • $535,800 for the Northeast Community Network to administer a tile drainage project in the Timiskaming–Cochrane District, spanning 893 acres and supporting nine producers
  • $461,000 for Tulloch Agriculture Inc. to build two storage buildings and purchase equipment to expand operations to include cash cropping in Algoma–Manitoulin
  • $400,000 for Sharpe Farm Supplies Ltd. and WM Sharpe Farms Ltd. to invest in a new 14,000-square-foot warehouse that will have an agri-centre and new grain dryers and grain bins to support crop storage services in Algoma–Manitoulin
  • $174,684 for Lock City Dairies Inc. to expand their facility in Sault Ste. Marie to increase productivity, efficiency and storage capacity, and generate more sales and clients
  • $81,000 for Peace Hill Farm in Sundridge to install a greenhouse and purchase equipment to establish commercial organic farming operations
  • $67,967 for Pleasant Valley – an agricultural tourism start-up on Manitoulin Island – to build a safe and positive environment to provide education and connect people with animals and agriculture
  • $56,520 for Old Rock Inc. – a specialty coffee roastery based in Sudbury – to purchase and install a new coffee roaster to respond to consumer demand and invest in building retrofits to accommodate the roaster and marketing costs

“The agriculture and food sector in Northern Ontario plays a vital role in boosting the local economy and creating employment opportunities,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Strategic investments through the NOHFC in northern agriculture projects are one of the many ways our government is ensuring the North is well positioned for growth and can capitalize on new market opportunities.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $717 million in 5,875 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,260 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • The 101st annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is taking place November 5–12, 2023, at Exhibition Place in Toronto.

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Quotes

“The Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance appreciates the NOHFC's continued support for agricultural development. Agriculture in Northern Ontario supports over 7,835 jobs and contributes over $522 million in GDP to the provincial economy. Farm cash receipts have grown over the past 15 years from $182 million in 2006 to $238 million in 2021. The investments made through programs such as Invest North and the Regional Tile Drainage Initiative have played a key role in the growth seen in the sector across Northern Ontario. – Yves Gauthier, Chair, Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance

“Thanks to the continued support of the Government of Ontario, the Northeast Community Network has been developing a plan in response to climate change to cultivate the vast potential that lies in the soils of the Great Claybelt. Without compromising existing industries or the land on which we live, the Northeast Community Network and partnering Indigenous communities and municipalities will continue to plant seeds to advance modern, responsible and sustainable agricultural development for generations to come.” – Johanne Baril, Chairperson, Northeast Community Network

“We would like to thank the NOHFC for their support for our new grain elevator and agronomy centre on Manitoulin island. This new agricultural hub, which is centrally located on the island, will have a commercial size dryer and greater storage capacity for their grain than the island has today. This will create new opportunities for Manitoulin and area farmers to grow and market their grain crops through Sharpe Farm Supplies, and will help increase their profitability and the long-term sustainability of their operations.” – Paul Sharpe, President, Sharpe Farm Supplies

“Lock City Dairies has been a part of our community for 31 years. Since the beginning, we have believed in investing back into the community that invests in us. NOHFC has accelerated the growth of our company so that we are able to not only continue our efforts in making our city stronger but to double down. We appreciate NOHFC for believing in us and making it possible for us to grow at the rate we have over the last two years.” – Vic Fremlin, Owner and Founder, Lock City Dairies

“Financial assistance for a small business goes beyond the dollars invested. With NOHFC’s investment, we were able to more than quadruple our roasting capacity per hour, increase our staff and mitigate the risk and challenge of expansion. As a small business, what may seem like a modest investment is significantly large for us.” – Luc Roy, Owner & Operator, Old Rock

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Ontario Investing in Enhancements to Dryden Fall Fest

Posted on October 28, 2023

DRYDEN – The Ontario government is providing $10,389 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the City of Dryden for enhancements to the Dryden Fall Fest. This investment will boost economic growth, increase tourism, and build a prosperous community in the Northwest.

“The strategic investments our government continues to make through the NOHFC are supporting projects that raise community profiles and promote economic development opportunities across the region,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River. “With nearly $10,400, the City of Dryden has brought on new performances and made enhancements that improve the overall visitor experience at the Dryden Fall Fest, and our government is proud to support this.”

The City of Dryden is using NOHFC funding to upgrade signage, update interactive decor, install solar-powered lanterns along the Spirit Walk path and add two new entertainers to this year’s roster. The enhancements will attract more visitors and entice attendees to get more involved in the activites being offered.

Dryden Fall Fest is an annual, month-long festival held in October. It attracts people of all ages from the local and and surrounding areas, including the Kenora-Rainy River and Thunder Bay regions, Manitoba and the United States. To encourage more participation, Dryden Fall Fest sponsors events that run throughout the month of October. The festival includes several banner events and activities that are free, non-ticketed, and hosted outdoors using community spaces.

“With more than 3,000 people coming out to the Dryden Fall Fest thanks to the dedication and hard work of the Dryden Fall Fest Committee, this has become our premier community event in October,” said Jack Harrison, Mayor, City of Dryden. “On behalf of the City, I want to thank the NOHFC for its grant to make this event even more spectacularly successful.”

“Dryden Fall Fest started as a small idea to help improve our community by offering more events and activities,” said Laina Smith, Chair, Dryden Fall Fest. “And only four years later, in 2023, we have experienced huge success, welcoming over 3,000 participants to all our events. The festival could not have grown so exponentially, included so many enhanced elements, and have had the impact it has had on the community without the support of NOHFC.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $717 million in 5,875 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,260 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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

Media Contacts

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Ontario Supporting Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping in North Bay

Posted on October 27, 2023

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $1 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to Canadore College in North Bay to expand the capabilities of the Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping (ICAMP). This investment will help boost business innovation and expansion, creating jobs and economic prosperity in the North.

“Our government is proud to continue providing targeted investments that will support the manufacturing industry in Northern Ontario,” said MPP Vic Fedeli. “The expansion of ICAMP at Canadore College will help businesses and students work together to conduct market research by using specialized equipment to design, develop and test innovative ideas.”

Canadore College will use NOHFC funding to complete the second phase of ICAMP’s Concept Development Lab and create the Entrepreneurship Academy. The Concept Development Lab will become an innovation shop with state-of-the-art technology that will enable entrepreneurs and students to make and test prototypes with the support of an on-site engineer and technician. The Entrepreneurship Academy will offer Northern Ontario start-ups and young companies a place where they can be guided through the ideation stage through to the process, create their own prototypes, and rent equipment.

“Through the NOHFC, our government continues to support local businesses with their expansion and innovation endeavors,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “This investment ensures ICAMP at Canadore College will continue to help businesses develop innovative products and services, which will lead to economic diversification and create real opportunities for the people who live, work, study and do business in the North.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $717 million in 5,875 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,260 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • The NOHFC’s Community Enhancement Program builds strong and resilient northern communities through targeted investments in critical infrastructure.

Additional Resources

  • The NOHFC, Northern Development Offices and Small Business Enterprise Centres are available to support northern communities, businesses and other stakeholders in identifying economic development opportunities and assist in accessing government funding programs.
  • Canadore College’s ICAMP has state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies and supports innovative applied research designed to meet the needs of industry. ICAMP has undertaken more than 800 projects with over 300 companies, ranging from short-term technical assistance to multi-year complex projects. These projects have helped create or retain over 330 jobs in the region.

Quotes

“The Concept Development Lab is a joint initiative of the Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping, Innovation Initiatives Ontario North and MakeIT Centre. In Northern Ontario, the services that the Concept Development Lab will provide currently do not exist or are complementary to existing services.” – Brad Gavan, Director of Foundation, ICAMP, Corporate, Community, and Alumni Partnership at Canadore College

“Canadore College is committed to experiential learning and applied research. The Concept Development Lab will co-exist with the Entrepreneurship Academy at Canadore by providing technical support for the development of innovative products. The Entrepreneurship Academy will work with ecosystem partners to bring the products to market. We thank the Government of Ontario for its continued support, and the financial commitments towards these endeavours.” – George Burton, President and CEO, Canadore College

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Ontario Strengthening Economic Development Opportunities in Red Rock

Posted on October 26, 2023

RED ROCK – The Ontario government is providing more than $152,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to three economic development projects in Red Rock. This investment will support community growth, improve municipal infrastructure, and foster career development in the Northwest.

"These supportive investments to Superior Country and the Township of Red Rock will help bolster existing processes and facilities,” said Kevin Holland, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development, Greg Rickford. “It will also stimulate tourism and aid in sustainability to the region for years to come.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

• $87,702 for the Township of Red Rock to upgrade the ice plant in the Red Rock Recreation Centre to ensure a safe and efficient arena ice-surfacing system

• $35,000 for Superior Country – a destination marketing organization that promotes the North of Superior region as a tourism destination – to hire a Marketing Coordinator Intern

• $29,541 for the Township of Red Rock to develop a 10-year Community Strategic Plan and Community Profile, which will serve as the guiding document regarding priority initiatives and provide information for investors, developers and industry.

“Through targeted NOHFC investments, our government is helping ensure the North remains competitive, innovative and current, and that northerners have just as many opportunities as anywhere else in Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Today’s funding is making that happen, while creating good jobs and bringing investment to the people and communities of Northern Ontario.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $717 million in 5,875 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,260 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, Northern Development Offices and Small Business Enterprise Centres are available to support northern communities, businesses and other stakeholders in identifying economic development opportunities and assist in accessing government funding programs.

• The NOHFC’s Community Enhancement Program builds strong and resilient northern communities through targeted investments in critical infrastructure.

• The NOHFC’s People and Talent Program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs.

Quotes

“Superior Country would like to thank the Ontario government for providing funding for our Marketing Coordinator Intern position. Superior Country has over 190 members, which include businesses, municipalities, Indigenous communities, and not-for-profits in the North of Superior region. We work to promote the region as a world-class tourism destination. We are a small but devoted team, who have welcomed the support for this new position in our organization.” – Dan Bevilacqua, Executive Director, Superior Country

“The Township of Red Rock would like to thank the Province of Ontario for assisting with funding for much needed upgrades to the Red Rock Recreation Centre ice plant. During 2022, the Township had to close the facility due to safety concerns. Upgrades will include the replacement of valves and sections of piping for the coolant delivery system to ensure the safe operation of the ice plant and provide ice for the arena. Work has begun and the Township is looking forward to welcoming residents and visitors back into the arena in the near future.” – Darquise Robinson, Mayor, Township of Red Rock

Media Contacts

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Ontario Building Culture and Learning Centre in Naicatchewenin First Nation

Posted on October 20, 2023

NAICATCHEWENIN – The Ontario government is providing $2 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for Naicatchewenin First Nation to build a culture and learning centre in the community. This investment will support healthy child development and culturally significant education and training opportunities in the Northwest.

“Today’s investment demonstrates our commitment to enhancing infrastructure and economic development opportunities for First Nation communities across Northern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora–Rainy River. “We continue to make targeted investments through programs like the NOHFC that contribute to stronger, healthier and resilient Indigenous communities, and we couldn’t be happier for the families of Naicatchewenin First Nation.”

Naicatchewenin First Nation is using NOHFC funding to build a 14,700-square-foot culture and learning centre focusing on education and training, cultural and traditional teachings, family well-being, and child and family learning. The centre will help equip all community members with the knowledge, skills and capacity to lead a healthy and active lifestyle with strong pride in their identity and culture.

Currently, younger children travel 30-45 kilometres to attend daycare and school, and high school students travel 60 kilometres to attend the Fort Frances High School. This education and training hub will help community members access training closer to home to improve job readiness and employment skills, while having a safe daycare and after-school programing on-site.

The community of Naicatchewenin First Nation is very excited about the upcoming resurrection of the Culture and Learning Centre,” said Chief Wayne Smith, Naicatchewenin First Nation. “This building will hold many functional spaces such as childcare rooms that will host both day and after-school care, classrooms and learning rooms, office space and an elders traditional gathering room. There will also be outdoor areas for children to play and community members to gather for various activities. This building will bring many new opportunities for growth, family wellness and access to cultural spaces, which are key aspects of a prosperous community.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $717 million in 5,875 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,260 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.

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Supporting Expansion of Crawford’s Camp in Sioux Narrows

Posted on October 19, 2023

SIOUX NARROWS – The Ontario government is providing $242,521 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to Crawford’s Camp in Sioux Narrows. This investment will attract more tourists, expand company operations and create employment in the Northwest.

"Northern Ontario is an incredibly scenic region, with limitless potential for tourism," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River. "Today’s investment is helping Crawford’s Camp expand its offerings, create jobs and showcase this beautiful part of Ontario to visitors from across the province and around the world."

Crawford’s Camp is a family-run, all-season fishing and hunting outfitter and resort located on Lake of the Woods. The business is using NOHFC funding to build a new lodge.

“In Northern Ontario, small communities face challenges with employment, year-round services and economic expansion,” said Matt and Karly Rydberg, Owners, Crawford's Camp. “But with the help of the NOHFC, Crawford's Camp is able to build a new lodge, employ more staff and increase tourist traffic in our community. Our family could not be more thankful to our provincial government for helping the business take the next leap forward.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $717 million in 5,875 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,260 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

Media Contacts

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Ontario Supporting Economic Development Opportunities in Northeastern Ontario as Part of Small Business Week

Posted on October 19, 2023

TEMISKAMING SHORES – The Ontario government is providing more than $1.9 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for nine economic development projects in Northeastern Ontario. This investment will enhance municipal and recreational infrastructure and expand small business operations in the North.

“With the help of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, our government is investing in projects that support regional economic development and business diversification here in Temiskaming Shores,” said Kevin Holland, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development. “Today’s investments ensure that local municipalities and businesses have the tools they need to continue to support our thriving communities in the North.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $457,377 for the Town of Kirkland Lake to expand the Archer Drive Industrial Park by bringing municipal services, natural gas and telecommunications infrastructure to the expansion area, along with site investigations, engineering, and design activities
  • $400,000 for B&G Industrial Services and Holdco to invest in a new 22,500-square-foot facility in Thornloe dedicated to trailer manufacturing and acquire new equipment including robotic welders, product positioners and an overhead crane
  • $400,000 for Tricube Contracting in Matheson to purchase equipment that will expand aggregate crushing capacity and services
  • $355,607 for Jean's Diesel Shop Ltd. in Hearst to expand garage and office space, allowing for additional capacity, reduced customer wait times and more storage space for parts
  • $207,922 for 1940303 Ontario Inc. – a logging company in Hearst – to purchase equipment, including a forwarder head and harvester, that will help address increased demand from local sawmills
  • $68,564 for the Lee Golf Club in Cochrane to make upgrades and renovations and purchase new equipment that allow the club to operate sustainably year-round, add new revenue streams and reduce expenses
  • $39,330 for the Connaught and District Historical Society to make building repairs and upgrades, create more space for artifact displays and restore a historical boat that will serve as a new main attraction for the facility
  • $18,675 for the Matheson Agricultural Society to extend the life of the curling rink’s ice chiller by replacing the compressor unit
  • $17,000 for the Haileybury Golf Club to install an elevator and an accessible washroom on the dining hall floor.

“Our government is building strong, resilient and prosperous communities and businesses in Temiskaming Shores and across the Northeast by investing in municipal infrastructure, community wellness and business expansions,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “By working hand-in-hand with our northern partners, we continue to make Northeastern Ontario an attractive place to live, work, play and do business.”

“As we wrap up Small Business Week, our government is proud to recognize the tireless work of the small businesses that play a vital role in strengthening Northern Ontario’s economy,” said Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business. “Our government is taking action to ensure business owners in every corner of our province have access to wrap-around supports for their businesses and their employees. Our government continues to make critical investments, like the $717 million we’ve dedicated to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation since June 2018, to promote economic development and increase employment opportunities in the North. When small businesses in the North succeed, Ontario succeeds.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $717 million in 5,875 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,260 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

Quotes

“Receiving this grant has allowed us to purchase an electric crushing spread and hire and train new employes. Our new crushing spread has travelled many miles in Ontario to crush aggregates for companies in Thornloe, Gravenhurst, Bonfield, Huntsville, and our hometown of Matheson, creating products for gravel roads, highway surfacing, basement foundatons, cement pads, bridges, driveways, mining ore, and many other needs for local customers and businesses. We would like to thank NOHFC from the bottom of our hearts for investing in our future.” – Josh Boucher, President, Tricube Contracting

“With help from the Ontario government, we were able to expand our existing building by almost 5,000 square feet. This expansion was more than necessary with the continued growth in the forestry industry, as many forestry companies and contractors depend on us to purchase their parts and repair their equipment. The expansion allows us to hold more parts in store and have more room to work in the garage, which reduces downtime for our customers.” – Yvon Jean, President, Jean’s Diesel Shop Ltd.

“The Lee Golf Club has been a foundational piece of the Cochrane community for the past 90 years and continues to provide a golf refuge for people of all ages and numerous employment opportunities for the community. Generous funding from the provincial government through the NOHFC, enormous support from members and businesses in the community and a strong leadership team have helped us make substantial upgrades to keep the Club alive.” – Brett Wilkinson, President, Lee Golf Club

“Curling has been enjoyed in our community for over 70 years, and with funding received from the NOHFC for a much-needed compressor replacement we are looking forward to another 70 years. The Matheson and District Agricultural Society and the Matheson Curling Club are very grateful to the NOHFC for their continued support.” – Jerry Cashmore, Executive Member, Matheson Curling Club

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Ontario Supporting Job Creation and Economic Growth in Kenora

Posted on October 18, 2023

KENORA – The Ontario government is providing more than $87,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for three job placement opportunities in Kenora. This investment will help businesses expand operations and grow Northern Ontario’s workforce.

“Through the NOHFC, our government continues to make targeted investments that provide on-the-job career development opportunities, while addressing skilled labour shortages by helping businesses harness local talent in the Northwest,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora–Rainy River. “We are creating highly skilled, good-paying jobs that will boost economic growth and prosperity here in Kenora.”

Internship projects receiving NOHFC funding include:

  • $35,000 for the Lake of the Woods Brewing Company Inc. to hire a Public Relations Manager to develop and implement a public relations strategy, and $28,405 to hire a Community Outreach and Events Coordinator, with responsibilities including events management, outreach and building strategic partnerships
  • $23,920 for DJ Roach Electric Ltd. to hire an Electrician Apprentice to work in the construction and maintenance field, which includes planning, installing and repairing electrical systems

“The Lake of the Woods Brewing Company is excited to be in a position where we are growing and able to create new jobs and to hire for these new positions,” said Taras Manzie, President, Lake of the Woods Brewing Company. “The assistance from NOHFC to help us achieve this growth is invaluable.”

“Thank you for the opportunity and funding for our current apprenticeship intern,” said Dennis Roach, Owner, DJ Roach Electric Ltd. “The assistance has helped our business measurably.”

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $717 million in 5,875 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,264 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.

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Ontario Supporting Expansion of The Clever Corvid into Dryden

Posted on October 17, 2023

DRYDEN – The Ontario government is providing $204,848 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to The Clever Corvid Art and Art Workshops with Rhonda Beckman, in Dryden. This investment will create employment, attract more tourists, and foster artistic and cultural activities in the Northwest.

“By launching new and improved NOHFC programs, our government is helping more businesses access the supports they need to expand operations here in Dryden and across the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River. “The Clever Corvid is a sought-after cultural and tourism destination that will directly contribute to our regional economy.”

The Clever Corvid was a home-based business located in Red Lake, offering art workshops and selling art pieces. In order to expand, the company purchased land in Dryden and is using NOHFC funding to build access roads, parking, and a log structure – called The Birdhouse Artist Retreat and Workshop Studio – on the property, as well as install highway signage.

“The space will be a catalyst for cultural and educational tourism, where one is submersed in the beauty that only Northwestern Ontario can provide,” said Rhonda Beckman, Owner, The Clever Corvid Art and Art Workshops with Rhonda Beckman. “In bringing The Birdhouse to Dryden, the goal is to assist the local economy through various services such as the food and accommodation sector, hiring staff for various positions, and giving artists well-deserved recognition for their artistic abilities.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $717 million in 5,875 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,260 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

Media Contacts

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Ontario Boosting Recreation and Tourism Development in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls

Posted on October 13, 2023

SIOUX NARROWS-NESTOR FALLS – The Ontario government is providing $555,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to two Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls economic development projects. This investment will help improve municipal infrastructure, promote Indigenous culture, and strengthen quality of life in the Northwest.

“Our government is keeping up with growing northern municipalities by investing in local infrastructure and community spaces that are used on a daily basis,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River. “Visitors and residents will be able to enjoy all that our community has to offer while learning about the region’s rich Indigenous heritage.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $375,000 for the Township to renovate Sioux Narrows Government Dock. The project includes expanding the public boat launch, enlarging the parking area, landscaping the shoreline, and installing new lighting
  • $180,000 for the Township to revamp Bridge Park. The project includes redesigning the walkway and picnic area to make them accessible, and installing signage that honours local Indigenous heritage.

Tourism is a main industry in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, impacting over 80 per cent of local businesses. The population consists of approximately 1,000 year-round residents and 5,000 seasonal residents.

“The Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls is immensely grateful for the support from the NOHFC,” said Gale Black, Mayor of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls. “This investment will contribute significantly to enhancing our public infrastructure for residents and visitors to enjoy. Without the support of the NOHFC, these community improvements would be difficult to achieve.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $717 million in 5,875 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,260 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

Media Contacts

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Ontario Strengthening Economic Development Opportunities in Rainy River District

Posted on October 12, 2023

FORT FRANCES – The Ontario government is providing more than $1.5 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to four economic development projects in the Rainy River District. This investment will help improve municipal infrastructure, promote Indigenous culture, expand company operations and create jobs in the Northwest.

“Our government’s modernized NOHFC programs make it easier for more people and businesses to apply, and support more projects in small, rural communities across the Northwest,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River. “We are proud to invest in projects that support business diversification, as well as projects that help First Nations communities continue to thrive.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $500,000 for Big Grassy River First Nation to renovate its community centre, including replacing outdoor siding, roof shingles and windows, and upgrading the HVAC and lighting systems
  • $499,980 for Titan Manufacturing – a manufacturer of prefabricated building components located in Devlin – to purchase a building and equipment to expand its production capacity
  • $375,000 for Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation (Big Island First Nation) to update its Pow Wow grounds, including upgrading the lighting system, pouring a concrete slab, and installing an overhead canopy and permanent seating for 600 people
  • $160,839 for Big Grassy River First Nation to replace and make accessible the Pegamigaabo School playground structures.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $717 million in 5,875 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,260 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

Quotes

“Big Grassy River First Nation is excited to be a recipient for funding from The NOHFC. This funding will address the critical needs and current condition of the community centre in providing a safe workspace. We look forward to the cooperation and are indeed grateful for the support. As well, the positive impacts of the renovation project will help the overall well-being of the community, while sustaining a multitude of cultural events for all members of Big Grassy River First Nation.” – Lynn Indian, Chief, Big Grassy River First Nation

"Titan Manufacturing is extremely grateful for the financial assistance it has received through the NOHFC. This assistance has helped us purchase our manufacturing facility and a new computerized saw to expand our business operations in Devlin. We currently have 16 full-time employees, and we are continuing to grow. 2023 will be our most successful year ever and we project we will have 25 full-time positions next year. The NOHFC support we have received strengthens the Rainy River District economy by creating new jobs, economic growth and business expansion.” – Brian Hagarty, President, Titan Manufacturing

“The Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation, as well as the community of Morson and the local tourism industry, certainly appreciated NOHFC assistance in funding the Pow Wow grounds upgrades. Because of this assistance, we will be able to make our grounds more accessible to all. Thank you.” – John Amundsen, Economic Development Officer, Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation

"The students and staff of Pegamigaabo School and the community of Big Grassy River First Nation are very excited about receiving funding from NOHFC. This represents a significant step towards enhancing educational opportunities for our students. The funding is earmarked for the installation of a new and more accessible playground, with which we hope to further strengthen our positive and inclusive learning environment. The playground will be designed with careful consideration of the unique needs of our students, ensuring that it becomes a space where they can play, learn and grow as a school community. This project is a testament to the commitment to equity and diversity in education, recognizing the importance of providing equal opportunities for all students, regardless of their background.” – Chris Johnson, Principal, Pegamigaabo School

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Ontario Supporting Business Growth and Tourism in Kenora

Posted on October 10, 2023

KENORA – The Ontario government is providing more than $321,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for two economic development projects. This investment will expand business operations and boost recreational and tourism offerings in the Northwest.

"By making targeted investments through the NOHFC, our government is supporting local upgrades and enhancements that make a real difference in the lives of those who live, work, play and do business in the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora-Rainy River. “The projects we are recognizing today support local business expansions, benefit the northern economy and contribute to a healthier, more inclusive community.”

Projects funded through the NOHFC include:

  • $209,045 for Sierra Construction to build a 2,000-square-foot wood manufacturing facility to expand operations and purchase new dust control equipment for improved air quality control and employee health and safety
  • $112,500 for Kenora Hospitality Alliance Corp. to repair and replace existing infrastructure at the Vernon Nature Area in partnership with the Friends of Vernon Nature Area, improving visitor safety and enhancing inclusivity with signage in both English and Ojibway

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $717 million in 5,875 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,264 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

Quotes

“Sierra Construction has seen consistent growth over the past 20 years. With the assistance of NOHFC, Sierra will be creating new jobs, as we have broken ground on our state-of-the-art woodworking facility here in Kenora. Our 2,000-square-foot shop will allow us to take raw wood materials harvested in the Northwest and transform them into various wood components for homes, cottages, and businesses across the region.” – Jamie Minor, President, Sierra Construction

“This grant could not have come at a more opportune time. It allows the Friends of Vernon in partnership with the Kenora Hospitality Alliance to replace and repair Vernon Nature Area infrastructures that have deteriorated over time or damaged by last year’s high water, including the Vernon dock, boardwalk, lookouts and trails. The Vernon Nature Area is one of the most popular and well-used Kenora outdoor recreational and educational destinations, providing not only increased enjoyment of the outdoors and mental well-being, but significant economic benefits to the area.” – Barry Corbett, Friends of Vernon

“The Kenora Hospitality Alliance is happy to provide the necessary support for this magical trail system to receive this well-deserved funding. We see the benefits of enhancing this highly used trail system in the smiles of our guests when they come back from explorations at Vernon Nature Area.” – Stefan Robinson, Executive Director, Kenora Hospitality Alliance Board of Directors

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Ontario Strengthening Economic Development Opportunities in the Northwest

Posted on October 05, 2023

GREENSTONE – The Ontario government is providing more than $5.7 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to six economic development projects in Greenstone.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development.

“This NOHFC funding will spur economic activity and create more good paying jobs, including jobs for First Nations workers, in northwestern Ontario,” said Premier Doug Ford. “With the modernization of the NOHFC, our government investing in the province’s north, creating the conditions to attract new investments and jobs and building the infrastructure to support future growth.”

Projects funded through the NOHFC include:

  • $2 million for Ne-Daa-Kii-Me-Naan Inc. (Nedaak) to build a two-storey, 7,141-square-foot business training complex that will provide a permanent location for Nedaak to promote First Nations participation in the forest sector, resulting in positive returns and economic development for seven First Nation partner communities,
  • $2 million for Minodahmun Development Inc. – a partnership between the Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek (AZA), Aroland and Ginoogaming First Nations – to develop the Migizi Commercial Plaza, which will serve the needs of First Nation members, tourists and regional residents, create jobs, and drive revenue for the partner First Nations and the Municipality of Greenstone,
  • Nearly $1.5 million for the Municipality of Greenstone to enhance ice-making equipment at the Longlac Sportplex, Nakina Community Centre and Beardmore Community Centre, and make electrical and exterior door upgrades and table and chair replacements,
  • $200,000 for Instinct Contracting to purchase equipment that will allow for roadside wood processing and enable the company to work closely with First Nation-owned companies for forestry operations in the Kenogami Forest including harvesting and processing,
  • $60,000 for Aroland First Nation to conduct a feasibility study for the development of a central multi-purpose facility in the community,
  • Over $26,000 for Booth’s Air Repair Inc. to hire an Apprentice Aircraft Maintenance Engineer to service and maintain aircraft.

“The NOHFC is investing in innovative solutions and projects that lead to greater employment opportunities, thriving communities, and strong regional economies across the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Through this investment, our government is maintaining the delivery of high quality services for the people who call Northern Ontario home as we continue to build Ontario.”

Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $717 million in 5,875 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,264 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

Quotes

“The Municipality of Greenstone is thankful for the Government of Ontario’s funding support towards the rehabilitation of three municipal community centres, including mechanical upgrades to the Longlac Sportsplex, Nakina Community Centre and the Beardmore Community Centre. The funding contribution is appreciated as our community grows alongside our regional partners.” – James McPherson, Mayor, Municipality of Greenstone

“Minodahmun Development is grateful to the Government of Ontario for funding the development of the Migizi Commercial Plaza, a thriving business hub for local residents, industry and tourists that will showcase the vibrant culture of our communities, provide valuable economic development and employment opportunities to community members, and allow First Nations to be active participants in the development of the region.” – John Glover, CEO, Minodahmun Development LP

“We would like to thank the Government of Ontario for investing in our Indigenous-owned company. Through the assistance provided by NOHFC, Instinct Contracting was able to start up and grow a forestry business by purchasing a processor to meet the demand for harvesting capacity and grow the next generation of the forestry industry.” – Dustin Taylor & Greg Wilson, Partners, Instinct Contracting

“Nedaak, a forest management business owned by regional First Nations communities Aroland, Constance Lake, Ginoogaming, Long Lake #58, Animbiigoo Zaagi'igan Anishinaabek, Red Rock Indian Band and Pays Plat., thankfully acknowledges funding support received from the Government of Ontario toward the development of a business-training centre in Longlac. This new facility will become the cornerstone of the organization and will assist in the promotion of Indigenous participation in the forestry sector in Northwestern Ontario, particularly within the Kenogami forest.” – Joe Baxter, President, Ne-Daa-Kii-Me-Naan Inc.

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Ontario Supporting Canadore Multi-Use Recreation Facility in North Bay

Posted on September 22, 2023

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing $2 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for Canadore College to build a multi-use recreation facility on the Commerce Court Campus. This investment will increase recreational opportunities for students and the community, and support health and wellness in Northeastern Ontario.

“Through a targeted investment, our government is enhancing infrastructure at Canadore College to provide sports and recreation enthusiasts with a year-round indoor facility,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “We will continue to foster a strong future in our region by supporting economic growth and reaffirming the North as a great place to call home.”

The Canadore Multi-Use Recreation Facility will be an 85,000-square-foot dome supporting year-round soccer, golf, baseball, basketball, tennis, volleyball, dry land training, cricket, badminton and sport conditioning. There will be a 6,200-square-foot clubhouse attached, complete with change rooms, meeting space, gender neutral washrooms and a multi-use space that can be used for instruction.

The facility will be open to the public and outside teams and leagues on a fee-for-use basis, and will include artificial turf, hard court and several other features to support maximum usability for both the community and for Canadore College to expand their varsity and recreational sports programming. The faciltiy will also have the potential to host large community events, tradeshows and conferences, making the space one of the largest venues in the North to host these types of events, enhancing tourism opportunities for the region.

“Our government is proud to support Canadore College with funding from the NOHFC to build the only full-service sports facility in the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “This investment will boost local and regional recreation and tourism opportunities, benefit the northern economy and contribute to healthier communities for the people who live, work, play and study in the North.”

“Canadore College is proud to be leading this multi-million-dollar investment to support our academic, sport and wellness needs and create a new headquarters for our School of Sport and Recreation,” said George Burton, President and CEO of Canadore College. “The centre will be a community recreation hub for North Bay and the Nipissing region. We are grateful to the Government of Ontario and the NOHFC for supporting this important project.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Timiskaming—Cochrane

Posted on September 19, 2023

TEMISKAMING SHORES – The Ontario government is providing more than $326,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for 10 job placement opportunities in Timiskaming—Cochrane. This investment will help businesses expand operations and grow Northern Ontario’s workforce.

“Through the NOHFC, our government is focused on supporting projects that provide on-the-job career development opportunities and address skilled labour shortages by helping businesses harness local talent in the Northeast,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Together with our northern partners, we are creating highly skilled, good-paying jobs that will boost economic growth and prosperity here in Timiskaming—Cochrane.”

Internship projects receiving NOHFC funding include:

  • $35,000 for MICs Healthcare Foundation to hire a Coordinator Intern to take a lead role in planning and organizing fundraising events and build positive brand awareness
  • $35,000 for the Temiskaming Veterinary Services Professional Corporation to hire a Veterinary Intern to perform exams, develop surgical skills, manage on-call emergencies, order and analyse diagnostics tests and develop therapeutic plans
  • $35,000 for Temiskaming Industrial Mining Equipment Limited to hire a Mechanical Engineer to prepare drawings and reports for the mining and exploration and lumber industries
  • $35,000 for the Living Temagami Arts & Culture Corporation to hire an Arts Administrator to plan and coordinate professional gallery installations, exhibits, workshops and special events, complete art sale transactions and provide administrative support
  • $35,000 for the Materials Joining Innovation Centre to hire a Techincal Specialist to support applied research and welding engineering projects and to perform laboratory and field testing and metallurgical analyses
  • $35,000 for the Town of Kirkland Lake to hire a Facility Lead Hand to provide daily oversight and direction to facility staff and complete repairs in facilities and green spaces
  • $35,000 for the Township of Brethour to hire a Roads Worker Intern to operate and maintain equipment including a dump truck, grader and loader, and repair roads and ditches
  • $31,096 for Lely Center Temiskaming to hire a Technician to repair and maintain farming equipment and fulfill regular services contract for customers
  • $29,302 for the Leanne Nielson Audiology Professional Corporation to hire a Audiologist Assistant to assist with patient assessment and work with hearing aids and other amplification systems to enhance the patient experience.
  • $20,930 for Natalie St-Denis Physiotherapy Professional Corporation to hire a Physiotherapy Assistant to support patient treatment plans

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

Quotes

“The MICs Healthcare Foundation has proudly partnered with NOHFC once again to provide a second internship to the Foundation, which has allowed our team to continue with projects and community initiatives that will further enhance local healthcare right here at home. We are truly grateful for the opportunities that this funding has provided, and excited to build on the momentum and success of our first internship.” – Paul Chatelain, Chief Executive Officer and LTC Administrator, MICs Group of Health Services

“Living Temagami is a non-profit organization that strives to offer ongoing quality arts and culture programming in our community. Through generous funding from the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program, we have recently hired a full-time staff member. In just a few months, we have seen such a positive impact to our ongoing presence in the community and enhanced programming opportunities.” – Mary McTavish, Board Member, Living Temagami Arts & Culture Corporation

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Ontario Strengthening Economic Development Opportunities in Cochrane and Timiskaming Districts

Posted on September 18, 2023

EARLTON – The Ontario government is providing more than $2.4 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to 12 economic development projects in the Cochrane and Timiskaming Districts. This investment will improve municipal infrastructure, expand company operations and create jobs in the Northeast.

“Supporting communites and businesses with targeted investments through the NOHFC unlocks local economic development opportunities, creates employment, and keeps the region strong and competitive,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our government is helping companies and communities thrive, and providing real opportunities for the people who live, work, play and do business in Northeastern Ontario.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $500,000 for Bingham Memorial Hospital – located in Matheson – to replace a seasonal gazebo and deck with an accessible all-season sunroom and outdoor space
  • $400,000 for Lynch Ag Ltd. – a potato farm located in Evanturel – to build a storage facility and purchase equipment
  • $371,000 for W. Lafrance Logging Ltd. – a forest harvesting company located in Englehart – to purchase equipment
  • $267,353 for Haileybury Curling Club – a not-for-profit curling club located in Haileybury – to install LED lighting, replace the chiller system, renovate the kitchen and make the washrooms accessible
  • $203,989 for the Town of Kapuskasing to replace the roof of the Kapuskasing Welcome Centre Building
  • $200,000 for OCW Metal Works Inc. to establish a custom metal fabrication business located in Sturgeon Falls
  • $200,000 for What The Flock Acres to establish a lamb farm located in Kenabeek
  • $170,050 for 2778232 Ontario Inc. to establish an HVAC and refrigeration services business located in Kirkland Lake
  • $43,113 for Cote's Pole Lines Inc. – a utility services company located in New Liskeard – to purchase equipment
  • $29,851 for Kemp Elliott & Blair LLP – a public accounting firm located in New Liskeard – to convert storage space into office space and purchase equipment
  • $26,000 for Wight Sheep Farm – a lamb farm located in Belle Vallee – to build a new shelter, update existing barns and purchase equipment
  • $16,425 for Jackpine Snowmobile Club – a not-for-profit snowmobile club operating out of Iroquois Falls – to purchase equipment and install signage along the 170-kilometre trail network.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 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.

Quotes

“Providing the utmost quality care and support is our highest priority at the Bingham Memorial Hospital,” said Alanna Mack, Director of Care, Rosedale Centre, Bingham Memorial Hospital. “Creating an ambiance and promoting a healthy living environment provides opportunities to thrive. The financial support provided by the province has allowed our dream for this space to become a reality. Thank you for investing in our community and our residents.”

“Lynch Ag Ltd. was started in 2020 as a seed potato farming operation in the Timiskaming Region,” said Paul Lynch, Owner, Lynch Ag Ltd. “Since our startup, we have been able to build a storage facility and grow our employee base, enabling our business to expand. We thank the NOHFC for their support in the startup and expansion of our business in Northern Ontario.”

“W. Lafrance Logging Ltd. has been in business for the past 32 years,” said Wayne Lafrance, President, W. Lafrance Logging Ltd. “We would like to thank the Ontario government for supporting our efforts on continued growth within our industry.”

“Thanks to the much needed support from the NOHFC, the future of our curling club and community facility will be ensured,” said Shawn Hearn, President, Haileybury Curling Club. “The extensive renovations will allow us to continue to provide recreational and social events in our community for many years to come.”

"Like many northern municipalities, our facilities are central hubs for community services and activities,” said Dave Plourde, Mayor, Town of Kapuskasing. “The support of our provincial government helps us maintain our buildings so we can continue to offer public spaces, services and programs to citizens and visitors alike, while promoting a healthy and diversified community.”

“What The Flock Acres would like to thank the Ontario government through the NOHFC for helping us start our first generation farm to produce high quality lamb for the ever-growing Canadian lamb market,” said Ryan Klapwyk, Owner, What The Flock Acres. “We have used the funds to purchase machinery and build infrastructure which will help us to grow to a 500 ewe flock producer over time.”

“The Ontario government grant allowed us to expand our business and offer more employment in our community,” said Stacy Utas, Owner, Cote’s Pole Lines Inc. “We are thankful we got to work with the NOHFC team and appreciate the support.”

“Kemp Elliott & Blair LLP had no choice but to expand with the added demand of accounting assistance during and post pandemic to help small businesses in the North with funding applications and subsidy requests,” said Danielle Girard, Partner, Kemp Elliott & Blair LLP. “The funding provided by NOHFC allowed us to create additional workspaces and upgrade our IT infrastructure to hire additional staff to help meet the demands.”

“Wight Sheep Farm was able to build a new tarp barn with this grant to allow for more sheep and lambs to be raised in comfort on the farm,” said Jenna Wight, Manager, Wight Sheep Farm. “This will allow for future generations to keep expanding our sheep flock and supporting business in the North.”

“The generous contribution from the NOHFC ensures that the Jackpine Snowmobile Club can keep its trails safely groomed and open, supporting our community and providing a vital link in the 30,000-kilometre trail system that runs from southern Ontario to Hearst,” said Tony Prophet, President, Jackpine Snowmobile Club. “The efforts of the club help attract tourists worldwide to our northern towns. The support we have received from the Ontario government is invaluable to our continued success.”

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Ontario Building Community Infrastructure in the Northeast

Posted on September 08, 2023

ECHO BAY – The Ontario government is investing more than $2.5 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) in eight community infrastructure projects in the Algoma and Sudbury Districts. This investment will improve municipal infrastructure, expand tourism opportunities and enhance quality of life in Northeastern Ontario.

“Through targeted investments, our government is building strong, connected and prosperous communities in Algoma, Sudbury and across the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “We are proud to support municipal partners on projects that build vibrant recreational amenities and improve mental and physical wellness in every corner of Northern Ontario.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $941,500 to the Municipality of Wawa for two modernization projects upgrading the Michipicoten Memorial Community Center (MMCC), an important hub for community recreation, special events and tourism
  • $478,568 for the Township of Chapleau to install a back-up electrical power generator at the civic centre, home to the community’s fire department, library, emergency operations centre and town hall
  • $389,394 for the Township of MacDonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional to make roof and insulation upgrades to the Echo Bay Sportsplex, home to a diverse range of community events and programming
  • $200,000 for the Township of St. Joseph to make critical rehabilitation upgrades to the Richards Landing Marina Building, a multi-use facility that hosts a wide variety of community and tourism events and activities
  • $197,703 for the Searchmont Local Services Board to revitalize the community centre with structural and security upgrades and new fitness and playground equipment
  • $168,660 for the Township of Johnson to renovate and upgrade the community centre kitchen to offer cooking demonstrations and classes and serve meals during sport and public events
  • $167,832 for the Kebsquasheshing Golf Club, a not-for-profit golf course in Chapleau, to install an irrigation system and purchase equipment to maintain the quality of the golf course

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 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

Quotes

“Thanks to the generous contribution from the NOHFC to replace the roof and insulation at the Echo Bay Sportsplex, our Eco-Ice system will run more effectively and efficiently and we will be able to continue offering events and programs on a year-round basis, contributing to the overall health and vibrancy of our community. We would like to thank the NOHFC for their continued support to local rural municipalities.” – Mayor Lynn Watson, Township of MacDonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional

“Funding from the NOHFC will allow the Municipal Emergency Operations Centre to remain at the civic centre in the event of a power outage and continue operating municipal services and critical infrastructure for the community of Chapleau.” – Mayor Bignucolo,Township of Chapleau.

“We thank the NOHFC and Minister Rickford for the financial support needed to ensure a safe and accessible Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre that continues to provide a host of recreational, cultural and community events for our residents, neighbours and visitors to the area. The Wawa Community Centre is the only facility in our municipality where people can gather to take part in seniors fitness classes, curl, play hockey and meet at annual events such as the Wawa Ice Fishing Derby that contribute greatly to the local economy and the health and well-being of the community.” – Maury O’Neill, Chief Administrative Officer, Municipality of Wawa

“The upgrades to the kitchen in our Community Centre will expand our abilities to feed and care for our friends and neighbors. It is only with the assistance of NOHFC that such an extensive renovation and upgrade has been made possible.” – Janet Maguire, Clerk and Chief Administrative Officer, Township of Johnson

“The Richards Landing Municipal Marina Services Building supports employment and economic development in our community. The NOHFC’s support will allow the building to safely and efficiently serve community members and visitors for many years to come.” – Sherie Gladu, Community Projects Coordinator, Township of St. Joseph

“With funding from the NOHFC, we’re able to expand and upgrade our community centre to meet current health and safety standards, including improved air for indoor activities. These improvements make our community centre once again a place to gather and enjoy our facilities.” – Arne Larsen, Chair, Searchmont Local Services Board

“Thanks to the much-needed support from the NOHFC, the future of the Golf Club and its facilities will be ensured. We are committed to providing continued recreational and social activities in our community for many years to come.” – Gwen McNight, Secretary and Youth Golf Director, Kebsquasheshing Golf Club

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Ontario Supporting Royal Canadian Legion Branches in the Northeast

Posted on September 08, 2023

SPANISH – The Ontario government is investing more than $169,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) in three projects supporting Royal Canadian Legion branches in Algoma–Manitoulin. This investment will modernize communitity infrastructure and enhance quality of life in Northeastern Ontario.

“Our government recognizes that Royal Canadian Legion branches are the heart of many Northern communities, providing important social services and a place for veterans and community members to come together,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “By working hand-in-hand with our northern partners, we continue to make Northern Ontario an attractive place to live, work, play, and raise a family.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $115,200 for the Spanish Royal Canadian Legion Branch 576 to complete structural upgrades and kitchen and bathroom renovations at the hall, enhancing safety and accessibility for veterans, residents and visitors attending community events and services
  • $37,936 for the Elliot Lake Royal Canadian Legion Branch 561 to make improvements to the hall, including installing a new lift chair for better accessibility and a hot water and furnace heating combination system, that will help the facility remain a focal point for community activities and events
  • $16,500 to the Wawa Royal Canadian Legion Branch 429 for renovations, which will allow the Legion to continue hosting activities and events for members and the community

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 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.

Quotes

“Words cannot describe how much this grant means. We can now switch to propane and upgrade our furnace, and purchase a new propane stove and LED lights. In the event of an emergency in the community, we will now be able to provide assistance by offering warm meals. We are thankful that this support will also enable our branch to save money on utilities.” – France Smith, President, Spanish Royal Canadian Legion Branch 576

“Support from the NOHFC for clubroom renovations will provide a more pleasant atmosphere and a safer environment for our patrons and staff. The clubroom provides a location for a variety of social functions in our town for tourists, visitors and locals to gather, and the upgrades will enhance the experience.” – Mary Anne Pearson, President, Wawa Royal Canadian Legion Branch 429

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Ontario Supporting Economic Development Opportunities in Sables-Spanish Rivers

Posted on September 08, 2023

MASSEY – The Ontario government is providing more than $666,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers for three economic development projects. This investment will improve municipal and recreational infrastructure and promote physical and social activities in Northeastern Ontario.

“Our government is focused on investing in communities and creating recreational facilities that promote wellness in the Northeast,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our new and improved NOHFC programs ensure northern municipal partners, like the Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers, have access to the timely supports they need to provide safe and vibrant spaces.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $448,275 for the Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers to install a new roof membrane on the Massey and District Community Centre
  • $121,316 for the Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers to install a new arena chiller in the Massey and District Community Centre
  • $96,450 for the Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers to renovate the Webbwood Outdoor Rink. Renovations include electrical upgrades and the installation of netting at both ends of the ice surface, three gates and new boards.

“The NOHFC funding we received allowed us to complete the vital roof repair at the Massey and District Community Centre, the chiller replacement project at the arena, and the Webbwood Outdoor Rink upgrades, ” said Kevin Burke, Mayor, Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers. “The township is immensely grateful for the support, and this funding will undoubtly benefit all residents who enjoy our local sports and events.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 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.

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Media Contacts

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Ontario Enhancing Recreational Infrastructure in Blind River

Posted on September 07, 2023

BLIND RIVER – The Ontario government is providing $735,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Town of Blind River for two economic development projects. This investment will improve municipal and recreational infrastructure and promote physical and social activities in Northeastern Ontario.

“For rural Northern Ontario communities like Blind River, local community centres and playgrounds are an important hub for families and organizations,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Through the NOHFC, our government is proud to invest in multi-use spaces that attract residents from across the region and support healthy, connected communities.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $450,000 for the Town of Blind River to install a new roof membrane on the Blind River Community Centre
  • $285,000 for the Town of Blind River to renovate six public-use sites. The sites include four outdoor playgrounds and two courts used for pickleball and tennis.

“Blind River is committed to rejuvenating its existing infrastructure,” said Sally Hagman, Mayor, Town of Blind River. “The NOHFC funding helps ensure that our treasured Blind River Community Centre is updated and remains open for a multitude of activities for decades to come.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 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.

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Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Supporting Economic Development Opportunities in Thunder Bay

Posted on September 05, 2023

THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $4.3 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for six economic development projects in Thunder Bay. This investment will enhance municipal and recreational infrastructure and expand business operations in Northwestern Ontario.

“I am pleased to see the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation’s support of the City of Thunder Bay and area businesses and organizations,” said Kevin Holland, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Thunder Bay—Atikokan. “NOHFC funding is important to the success of Northern Ontario, and I encourage municipalities and businesses to research this funding stream when considering projects.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $2 million for the City of Thunder Bay to reconstruct sections of Red River Road and Court Street in the waterfront district, which will create flexible space that can accommodate patios and event programming, and $523,458 to upgrade recreational facilities in preparation for hosting the 2024 Ontario Winter Games in February
  • $1,233,050 for the Matawa Training and Wellness Centre to develop a dedicated cultural room that will help facilitate connections to language, land, ancestry, family and communities through Elders, cultural teachings, and integrated supports and programming
  • $320,294 for KBM Forestry Consultants Inc. to purchase an aircraft and expand its flight training unit
  • $130,000 for the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority (LRCA) to enhance accessibility by repaving the trail system, building a washroom and making drainage upgrades to the parking lot at the Cascades Conservation Area
  • $124,225 for Jasa Spring Water Inc. to expand operations by purchasing equipment and constructing a new building for additional production and warehouse space.

“Our government is building strong, resilient and prosperous communities and businesses in Thunder Bay by investing in municipal infrastructure upgrades, community wellness and business expansions,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “By working hand-in-hand with our northern partners, we continue to make Northwestern Ontario an attractive place to live, work, play and do business.”

“Events provide opportunities to connect and have always been the heartbeat of our community,” said Mayor Ken Boshcoff, City of Thunder Bay. “With NOHFC’s support, this funding will allow us to develop flexible public space in the North Core for more community events. Improvements to the Canada Games Complex and Fort William Gardens will ensure Thunder Bay’s success as the host of the 2024 Ontario Winter Games and many more sporting events in the future.”

“Thanks to NOHFC funding we can complete 3,100 square feet of renovations to the Matawa Training and Wellness Centre (MWTC) which has been allocated and designed as a Cultural Room,” said David Paul Achneepineskum, CEO, Matawa First Nations Management. “It will be the only Indigenous-specific cultural space available in Thunder Bay that is year-round and will be a safe space for individuals to their improve their quality of life and well-being to sustain life-long change.”

“The Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority (LRCA) is grateful to receive funding from the NOHFC for work to improve accessibility at Cascades Conservation Area, which enables us to enhance inclusive outdoor recreational opportunities for residents of the Lakehead Watershed,” said Donna Blunt, Chair, LRCA.. “The recently repaved parking lot, the regraded and repaved AODA-compliant wheelchair-accessible loop trail, and the forthcoming wheelchair accessible outhouse will enable more people to come out and explore the LRCA’s most popular conservation area.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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

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Ontario Supporting Live on the Waterfront in Thunder Bay

Posted on August 31, 2023

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August 31, 2023

THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is providing $15,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for an annual music and culture festival in Thunder Bay. This investment will showcase northern talent, boost local tourism and enhance quality of life for northerners.

"Today, we celebrate the infusion of supportive funding into Live on the Waterfront, an event that brings music, community and scenic beauty together at Prince Arthur's Landing,” said Kevin Holland, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Thunder Bay—Atikokan. “This investment not only ensures a melody-filled summer but also empowers local artists, fosters connections within the community and embodies Thunder Bay's vibrant spirit."

The City of Thunder Bay is receiving NOHFC funding of $15,000 to support the performance series, Live on the Waterfront, on August 30 and 31, 2023 to bring together locals and tourists at the waterfront in celebration of Thunder Bay's culture and community. This event will showcase a diverse group of Canadian artists in a scenic location by Lake Superior, with several restaurants, bars and hotels nearby.

This year, Live on the Waterfront will feature a family zone, including community programming led by youth trained in working with children and conclude with a fireworks show. Additional programming will be provided through partnerships with the Thunder Bay Museum and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.

“Community events like Live on the Waterfront unite people, promote diversity and inclusivity, showcase local and Canadian talent, and boost regional economics,” said Louisa Constanza, City of Thunder Bay Recreation and Culture Division. “Provincial support like the NOHFC provides us with the means to realize this vision and reaffirm the power of collaboration, which is vital in Northern Ontario.”

“Our government is committed to working with our community and municipal partners to raise the profile of Northern Ontario’s vibrant music and culture industries,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Together, we are keeping Northwestern Ontario competitive and current, and ensuring the region remains an attractive place to live, work, play and do business.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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 Cultural Supports Program showcases Northern Ontario culture, geography and talent through event partnerships and support for the production of films and TV series.

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Media Contacts

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Ontario Enhancing Emo Knox United Church Community Kitchen

Posted on August 16, 2023

EMO – The Ontario government is providing $153,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the United Church of Canada to renovate the kitchen area in Emo Knox United Church. This investment will allow the broader community to access the facility, accommodate events and enhance community engagement in Northwestern Ontario.

“The Emo Knox United Church is an important hub for the community, and by upgrading and expanding the kitchen area, our government is making a real difference in the lives of local families and community members,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora–Rainy River. “Our government is committed to ensuring northwestern communities have the resources they need to remain strong, healthy and vibrant.”

The United Church of Canada will use NOHFC funding to renovate the kitchen with new cupboards, countertops and appliances and upgrade the church’s hydro connection to a 400-amp service. Upgrading the kitchen will help with assembling community Christmas dinners for those in need, catering luncheons for community memorial services, accommodating day-to-day activities at the senior center, hosting community breakfast benefits and running the community soup-to-go event.

“Over the past few years we have been planning diligently to bring our underutilized building ‘back to life’. Knox church had been a hub of activity in Emo's past, but over time, the aging structure has become out-dated and inefficient. We are especially excited to see the tiny old kitchen expanded to a state-of-the-art facility. Our sincerest thanks to NOHFC for making it all possible.” – Emo Knox United Church

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

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Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Enhancing Community Infrastructure and Recreation in Nipissing

Posted on August 16, 2023

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $790,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for four community infrastructure projects in Northeastern Ontario. This investment will improve municipal and recreational infrastructure, promote tourism and enhance quality of life for northerners.

“Through targeted investments, our government is committed to revitalizing community infrastructure in Nipissing,” said Vic Fedeli, Member of Provincial Parliament for Nipissing. “We are focused on keeping our northern communities relevant and current, making them attractive places to live, work, play and do business.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $372,904 for the Municipality of East Ferris to create a seven-kilometre hardtop bicycle and walking path that would link MacPherson Drive to the Voyageur Cycle Route and the Corbeil Recreation Hub
  • $180,000 for the Municipality of Callander to build a washroom and shower facility available year-round at the municipal marina
  • $135,000 for the Township of Mattawan to renovate the community hall, including window, floor joist and flooring replacement, and replace the old drywall, install new insulation and paint the walls
  • $104,971 for the Near North Trail Association (NNTA) to carry out four trail infrastructure improvement projects

“Our government is ensuring Northeastern communities have the resources they need to build strong, healthy and vibrant communities,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “With targeted investments from the NOHFC, we are helping communities in Nipissing enhance municipal facilities and recreational opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the North.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

Quotes

"Thank you to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation for itsir support of the East Ferris Active Transportation Plan. This funding will further connect East Ferris and Trout Lake pedestrians and cyclists to the 645-km Voyageur Cycling Route developing in Ontario's Near North." – Pauline Rochefort, Mayor of East Ferris.

“We are so grateful to see continued investment into Callander’s plans and strategies. The addition of this washroom/shower facility at the docks on Lansdowne has been planned for some time and will become an attraction for visitors to the area, and a destination for boaters on Lake Nipissing.” – Rob Noon, Mayor of Callander.

“The $135,000 funding we are receiving from NOHFC for the rehabilitation of our community hall and garage will ensure that as a municipality, we will be able to continue to serve and support our residents. We deeply appreciate MPP Vic Fedeli’s support for this funding, and his continuing support of our township as our Member of Provincial Parliament.” – Peter Murphy, Mayor of Mattawan.

“OFSC District 11 welcomes this funding from the NOHFC to complete four important infrastructure and trail rehabilitation projects that will enhance the safety and maintain the connectivity of the area’s snowmobile trails. On behalf of the dedicated volunteers of the North Bay Snowmobilers Club, the West Nipissing Snowmobile Club, the South Shore Restoule Snowmobile Club and the Mattawa and Area Snowmobile Club, I thank the provincial government for ensuring snowmobiling remains the largest contributor to our local winter economy.” – John Miler, President/Governor, Near North Trail Association/ OFSC District 11.

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Ontario Supporting Green Space Enhancements in Kenora

Posted on August 16, 2023

KENORA – The Ontario government is providing $490,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the City of Kenora to activate the green space surrounding the Central Community Club. This investment in community infrastructure will increase recreational opportunities and improve physical activity and quality of life in Northwestern Ontario.

“Our government is focused on investing in projects that support vibrant recreational amenities and improve mental and physical wellness,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora–Rainy River. “By enhancing the green space surrounding the Central Community Club in Kenora, we are expanding the community’s offerings and supporting an incredible space for youth, families and seniors.”

The City of Kenora is receiving $490,000 in NOHFC funding to build accessible trails, lighting, benches, landscaping materials and canopy trees for shade around the new playground, outdoor rink and clubhouse at the Central Community Club. The project will benefit residents and visitors of all ages by enhancing access to green space and recreation opportunities in a central location in Kenora.

“Investments in recreation and public spaces for everyone to enjoy are important for a connected and active community,” said Andrew Poirier, Mayor of the City of Kenora. “This funding has provided the City with the opportunity to beautify this space that can be used by families for years to come. We are grateful to NOHFC for supporting this project and the support of our community.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 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.


Media Contacts

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Ontario Supporting Upgrades to Regional Airport in Dryden

Posted on August 15, 2023

NEWS

August 15, 2023

DRYDEN – The Ontario government is providing $163,376 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the City of Dryden for upgrades to the Dryden Regional Airport. This investment in transportation infrastructure will keep people and goods moving safely, efficiently, and sustainably.

“Today’s investment affirms our government’s commitment to supporting northern communities, boosting regional economic development, and improving quality of life in the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Member of Provincial Parliament for Kenora–Rainy River. “By working with our municipal partners, we are making drastic improvements to the Dryden Regional Airport that will benefit Northerners across the region.”

The Dryden Regional Airport offers passengers scheduled and chartered flights. The airport also serves as headquarters for the Ontario government’s Dryden Forest Fire Management Centre, a critical hub during the forest fire season. NOHFC funding will be used to resurface the terminal floor, update the plumbing system, make the washrooms more accessible, and replace a maintenance door with a taller unit.

“This funding will allow us to not only improve the airport's mechanical systems but also enhance the overall experience for travelers and tenants with the refinishing of the flooring and the renovation of the public washrooms in the terminal,” said Jack Harrison, Mayor, City of Dryden. “The NOHFC's support is a testament to their commitment to the growth and development of our community, and we extend our gratitude for their assistance in making projects like this possible in Dryden.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 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.

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Media Contacts

ontario.ca/mnd-news

Curtis Lindsay, Minister’s Office

437-240-7317

curtis.lindsay@ontario.ca

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Ontario Expanding Thunder City Speedway in Oliver Paipoonge

Posted on August 09, 2023

OLIVER PAIPOONGE – The Ontario government is providing $200,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Thunder Valley Development Corporation to invest in facilities at the Thunder City Speedway racetrack. This investment will boost the regional economy, promote tourism and enhance quality of life for northerners.

“The investment of $200,000 for the installation of new bleachers, lighting, fencing and a sound system will enhance the enjoyment and usability of this racing facility for both the drivers and the fans,” said Kevin Holland, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development. “The Thunder City Speedway has been a welcome addition to our area and the fan excitement has been building.”

Thunder Valley Development Corporation will use $200,000 in NOHFC funding to construct bleachers, lighting, fencing and gating and install a new sound system. These upgrades will help establish year-round racing events for Thunder Bay, including dirt track, snowmobile, go-cart, monster truck, canine and equestrian racing, along with music events that will have a positive impact on the local hospitality industry and automotive parts dealerships associated with racing events.

“Many thanks to the NOHFC for contributing funding to the Thunder City Speedway. With assistance from the Ontario government, the racetrack was able to address many important issues, like track lighting, safety fencing and seating capacity, creating a much safer and more inviting facility for fans, drivers and workers alike,” said Norman Nadin, co-owner of Thunder City Speedway. “This contribution has helped Thunder City Speedway expand, creating more opportunity for full-time and part-time employment,” added co-owner Louis Nadin.

“Our government is proud to support the Thunder City Speedway with expanding audience capacity and enhancing safety, allowing for a broader range of family-oriented events in Oliver Paipoonge,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Targeted investments like these demonstrate our government’s commitment to help northern businesses expand operations and contribute to the sustainability, prosperity and growth of the North’s tourism industry.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 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 Invest North Program boosts economic growth and attracts more investment by supporting business development, expansion and innovation.

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Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Revitalizing Community Infrastructure in Oliver Paipoonge

Posted on August 04, 2023

NEWS

August 4, 2023

OLIVER PAIPOONGE – The Ontario government is providing more than $842,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for two community infrastructure projects in the Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge. This investment will improve municipal and recreational infrastructure, promote tourism and enhance quality of life for northerners.

“Investing in our halls, arenas and recreation centres demonstrates the government’s commitment to maintaining healthy communities in Ontario,” said Kevin Holland, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development. “These enhancements and upgrades will ensure the facilities remain a safe and welcoming environment for the residents of Oliver Paipoonge and will extend the life of these facilities for future generations.”

The Municipality of Oliver Paipooge is receiving $486,132 from the NOHFC to renovate and extend the life of six separate municipal assets:

  • The Murillo Community Centre will have electrical upgrades, foundation waterproofing, roof and door replacement and an overhaul of its HVAC system
  • The Rosslyn Community Centre will have electrical upgrades, parking lot repairs and new windows and doors installed
  • The Intola Outdoor Skating Rink will have electrical and lighting upgrades and a new indoor shelter
  • The Kakabeka Outdoor Skating Rink and Recreation Complex will have upgrades to the rink boards, chain-link fencing, lighting and baseball facility
  • The Rosslyn Outdoor Rink will have rink boards and chain-link fencing replaced and improved lighting
  • The Murillo Outdoor Rink and Recreation Area will have rink boards and chain-link fencing replaced and improved lighting

NOHFC is also providing $355,991 in funding for Oliver Paipoonge to modernize the Norwest Arena by replacing the propane-fueled ice re-surfacer with a battery-powered machine, repairing the refrigeration equipment, installing a new railing, purchasing kitchen equipment and making electrical upgrades for automating the ice plant to enhance efficiency and reduce costs.

“We are very grateful for the generous funding awarded by the NOHFC to improve sports and recreation facilities in the Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge,” said Lucy Kloosterhuis, Mayor of Oliver Paipoonge. “We thank the NOHFC for ensuring that the many users of these community facilities will be able to continue to enjoy their sports and recreational activities, and we thank the Government of Ontario for recognizing how important their financial support has been for our community.”

“Our government is ensuring Northwestern communities have the resources they need to build strong, healthy and vibrant communities,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Through targeted investments, we are helping communities like Oliver Paipoonge improve the quality of their facilities for the collective benefit of community members and visitors of all ages.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 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.

_____________________________________________________________________

Media Contacts

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Curtis Lindsay, Minister’s Office

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Ontario Supporting Capitol Centre Bluesfest and Mattawa Voyageur Days Festival

Posted on July 28, 2023

NEWS

July 28, 2023

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing $30,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for two annual music and culture festivals in Northeastern Ontario. This investment will help showcase northern talent, boost local tourism and raise the profile of the music industry in Northern Ontario.

“By investing in festivals and events, our government is increasing our community profile and promoting economic development in Nipissing,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “Mattawa Voyageur Days and the Capitol Centre’s Bluesfest are annual events that many people travel to our region to experience, and we are looking forward to some excellent shows.”

The North Bay Theatre and Community Arts Centre is receiving $15,000 in NOHFC funding to support the Capitol Centre Bluesfest 2023, an annual festival centered around the blues music genre that focuses on local and regional musicians and artists. Bluesfest encourages community building and is offered at an accessible price point, with free events available throughout the week.

The Town of Mattawa is receiving $15,000 in NOHFC funding to support the 2023 Mattawa Voyageur Days Festival. The annual festival features performances by Canadian musicians, along with family friendly activities, artisans and street buskers. New additions to the festival this year include a rock climbing wall, midway rides, a kids fun zone and lazer tag in the local arena. The festival will end with a large display of fireworks at Explorer's Point.

“With funding from the province, the Town is able to add new and exciting activities for families, such as midway rides and diverse entertainment, to ensure that the festival is growing each year and is inclusive for all,” said Raymond Belanger, Mayor of the Town of Mattawa. “The planning committee has been hard at work to make this festival a great time for everyone and we look forward to seeing familiar and new faces there this weekend!”

“With investments like the ones we are celebrating today, we are putting a spotlight on Northern Ontario’s vibrant music and culture industries,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our government is committed to strengthening these important sectors in support of our northern economy.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • The NOHFC’s Cultural Supports Program showcases Northern Ontario culture, geography and talent through event partnerships and support for the production of films and TV series.

Additional Resources

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Media Contacts

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Curtis Lindsay, Minister’s Office

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Ontario Enhancing Community Infrastructure in Dryden

Posted on July 18, 2023

DRYDEN – The Ontario government is providing nearly $237,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the City of Dryden for two community infrastructure projects. This investment will support structural repairs to Dryden’s main docks and replace the fire hall’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.

“Our government understands the importance of having safe and reliable community infrastructure, and the City of Dryden’s Van Horne Landing Dock and Firehall #1 are no exception,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Through the NOHFC, we are proud to support local projects that make a real difference in the lives of residents, businesses and tourists, as well as the emergency responders that keep our community safe.”

The City of Dryden received $146,775 in funding from the NOHFC for necessary structural repairs to the city’s main docks, located at the south end of Van Horne Avenue. In the spring of 2022, the city experienced the highest historical water levels recorded, and the outer section of the docks was damaged by water levels and ice. The repairs will reduce future maintenance costs and keep the docks safe and functional for residents, businesses and tourists.

In addition, Dryden received $90,000 in funding from the NOHFC to replace the HVAC system in Firehall #1. The project will increase efficiency and lower operating costs, while improving the comfort of staff and volunteers.

“The Van Horne Landing Dock sustained significant damage last year and funding from the NOHFC will allow us to make necessary repairs to fully re-open the dock, giving residents and visitors a place to safely access and enjoy Wabigoon Lake,” said Jack Harrison, Mayor of Dryden. “NOHFC funding will also allow us to upgrade the HVAC system at Firehall #1, providing a safe and comfortable workplace for our full-time staff and volunteer firefighters for years to come. We greatly appreciate the continued support from Minister Rickford and the NOHFC.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Supporting Sustainable Aquaculture Research in the Experimental Lakes Area

Posted on July 13, 2023

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July 12, 2023

KENORA – The Ontario government is providing nearly $550,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to IISD Experimental Lakes Area Inc. (IISD-ELA) for an aquaculture research project exploring the use of fish waste as fertilizer and its impact on freshwater in cultivated wild rice paddy areas. This investment will support the establishment of sustainable practices for the co-culture of fish and wild rice by Indigenous communities.

“Our government is committed to building sustainable local food production that keep northern and Indigenous communities thriving,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “We are proud to support this critical research in the North at one of the world's most influential freshwater research facilities.”

IISD-ELA, through the Industrial Research Chair (IRC), Dr Vince Palace, will work with partners the Myera Group, Lakehead University, Eagle Lake First Nation and two additional First Nations from the Treaty 3 area to develop and implement community-based water quality monitoring and to assess the health of fish in the watershed using non-lethal methods.

“This critical funding from NOHFC will allow us to do what we do best: work with scientists, local communities, industry and Indigenous partners to better understand and improve the health and use of freshwater supplies and build the economy sustainably,” said Matthew McCandless, Executive Director, IISD Experimental Lakes Area. “We are thrilled to continue working together to build a new centre for climate learning to benefit everyone in Northern Ontario today and for generations to come.”

The project will research the implications of wild rice paddy production on First Nations to achieve a more consistent supply of wild rice than the current, in-lake harvesting methods, as well as fish cultivation through aquaculture. Myera Group will develop standard operating procedures to create a consistent supply chain for growing wild rice in flooded paddies that use fish waste as fertilizer and commercialize value-added foods from the wild rice, such as Bannock and wild rice blends.

The research program will include training and employment opportunities for Indigenous communities in the technical wild rice and aquaculture operations and environmental monitoring aspects of the project, as well as create longer-term sustainable jobs in the post-research phase. The project partners have developed a collaborative, working relationship with Grand Council Treaty 3 and a self-identification model for the three First Nations to be engaged in the research project. The project has the potential to create a culturally appropriate, sustainable wild rice harvest in Northwestern Ontario.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • IISD-ELA Inc. is the legal entity that operates the IISD Experimental Lakes facility, surrounding site and related assets. The Experimental Lakes Area, which is located 50 km east of Kenora, has been the site of continuous scientific freshwater research for over 50 years.
  • IISD-ELA currently collaborates with more than 26 North American universities, including Lakehead University and multiple federal and provincial governments, and has established relationships with many member communities of Anishinaabe Grand Council Treaty 3 and the Metis Nation of Ontario.
  • Myera Group Inc., which includes Myera Food, Myera Properties and Myera Seafood subsidiaries, is a Metis led and owned biotech company based in St. Francis Xavier, Manitoba that was founded in 2015. Myera focuses on bringing together leading edge software, sensor technology and biotech solutions to solve traditional agricultural problems, while respecting traditional methods and practices.

Additional Resources

  • 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.

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Media Contacts

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Curtis Lindsay, Minister’s Office

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Nipissing

Posted on June 30, 2023

NIPISSING – The Ontario government is providing more than $1.1 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for 47 job placement opportunities in Nipissing. This investment will help businesses expand operations and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce.

“Our government is helping businesses harness local talent, with targeted investments that create more opportunities for people to gain essential skills and build meaningful careers,” said MPP Vic Fedeli. “This funding will help address the shortage of skilled workers in the North and will ensure our local businesses’ continued viability, growth and success.”

Internship projects receiving NOHFC funding include:

  • $35,000 for the North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation to hire a Communications and Creative Assistant to promote the region’s healthcare needs and support fundraising through digital marketing and event planning
  • $28,268 for the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station to hire an Infrastructure and Research Planning Intern to provide planning, maintenance and logistical support
  • $17,791 for Jackman Flower Shop Limited to hire a Florist Intern to assist with floral care, floral design, customer service and flower shop operation.
  • $14,471 for the Nipissing Region Curatorial Collective to hire a Social Media Director to lead marketing and promotions for arts and cultural events in the Nipissing region

“Through the NOHFC, our government is focused on supporting projects that provide on-the-job career development opportunities while addressing local skilled labour shortages in the Northeast,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Together with our northern partners, we are creating highly skilled, good-paying jobs that will boost economic growth and prosperity here in Nipissing.”

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • A list of all 47 Nipissing NOHFC internship program funding recipients is available on the corporation’s website.

Quotes

“North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation is grateful for this funding that allows us to develop engaging communications and marketing content and share incredible patient and family stories about the compassionate care received at our hospital, while promoting all of the ways our community can be involved with ensuring we have the best possible care close to home.” – Tammy Morison, President & CEO, North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation

“NOHFC funding has had a profound impact within our organization by allowing us to take a calculated risk for expansion and bring in strong candidates to develop and improve the company’s workforce." – Jason Portugues, Executive Director of Operations, CTS Canadian Career College

“Participation in the NOHFC Internship program has allowed us to find, onboard, train and retain individuals into skilled laboratory positions, resulting in a stronger and expanded laboratory team.” – Brenda McLay, Director, Near North Laboratories Inc.

“The Labour Market Group has been a longstanding supporter of the NOHFC Internship program. Our small not-for-profit organization has benefitted greatly from many young individuals who have brought with them such creativity and skilled talents. Several of our previous interns have gone on to gain sustainable employment in our region, and we are extremely proud to have provided them with a foundation for a successful career in the North.” – Stacie Fiddler, Director, Labour Market Group

"I'm looking forward to this opportunity and working in the community to promote curling, tennis, pickleball and special events at the Granite Club. As a recent Business Administration graduate from Nipissing University, I'm eager to apply my knowledge and learn more about this industry." – Rachel Monahan, NOHFC Intern Marketing & Events Coordinator, North Bay Curling and Athletics Corp.

Additional Resources

  • Download a listing of all internship projects related to this news release [XLS]

Media Contacts

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Sault Ste. Marie

Posted on June 29, 2023

Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Sault Ste Marie SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario government is providing more than $2.2 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for 74 job placement opportunities in Sault Ste. Marie. This investment will help businesses expand operations and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce.

“This incredible NOHFC investment is helping local companies support over 70 internships right here in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. “Creating opportunities for youth to explore new career avenues in their community is so important for our local economy. The variety of companies and organizations taking advantage of the NOHFC grants includes small businesses, not-for-profits, post-secondary institutions and manufacturers, and shows the diversity of the program.”

Internship projects receiving NOHFC funding include:

  • $70,000 to the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre to hire a Data Analyst to assist with health, social services and early childhood development projects, and a Horticultural Research Assistant to lead activities and research to develop sustainable horticulture production systems in Northern Ontario
  • $70,000 for the Invasive Species Centre to hire a Program Development Intern and a Zooplankton Diagnostics and Research Intern to conduct research and analysis that identify and prevent the spread of invasive species affecting Canadian lands and waters
  • $26,248 for Algoma University to hire a Database Coordinator to assist with project research, manage and analyse data, and provide fundraising and administrative support

“Our government is making targeted investments that create opportinuties for local talent to gain essential skills and build meaningful careers in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Together with our northern partners, we are creating highly skilled, good-paying jobs that will boost economic growth and prosperity here in the North.”

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

“We are proud to support projects that provide on-the-job career development opportunities while addressing local skilled labour shortages in the Northeast,” said Minister Rickford.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • A list of all 74 Sault Ste. Marie NOHFC internship program funding recipients is available on the corporation’s website.

Quotes

“With funding from the province, the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) has been able to embark on vital research initiatives and create invaluable internship opportunities that are a direct path for talented individuals to secure full-time employment. NOHFC support is helping us fulfill our mission and actively contribute to the betterment of our community.” – Peter Bruijns, Executive Director, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre.

“Algoma University is thankful for the valuable staffing support provided through the NOHFC internship program, something we have accessed for a variety of institutional needs. In the Advancement Department, the highly developed database management skills our intern brought to the team enabled us to improve the reliability and accuracy of our alumni records, helping to improve alumni and donor relations and engagement.” – Colin Wilson, Director of Strategic Advancement, Algoma University

“Thanks to the NOHFC’s internship program, the Invasive Species Centre has created employment for northern youth, providing that vital bridge between school and first job. We are proud to enable youth to stay or relocate to Northern Ontario, and three quarters of our interns have been hired full-time after their internship.” – Sarah Rang, Executive Director, Invasive Species Centre

"The NOHFC internship program has helped Rusty Halo Productions foster talent locally in the Sault. We are expanding at Rusty Halo to create an animation hub and have hired an Indigenous youth under the intern program this year. As a growing business in Sault Ste Marie, I am thankful there are training opportunities for the arts and entertainment industry." – Rebeka Herron, Producer, Writer & Director, Rusty Halo Productions

“NOHFC’s Internship Program allows Soo Foundry to invest in training, supervision, and valuable work experiences for young employees from Northern Ontario. The interns build lifelong technical and workplace skills. They become very important contributors to the growth and stability of manufacturing in Sault Ste. Marie.” – Robert Cohen, President, Soo Foundry & Machine (1980) Limited

Media Contacts

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Ontario Supporting Economic Development Opportunities across Thunder Bay-Superior North Region

Posted on June 29, 2023

TERRACE BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $3.7 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to seven economic development projects in the Thunder Bay-Superior North region. This investment will improve municipal and recreational infrastructure, expand business operations, and create employment in Northwestern Ontario.

“These substantial investments through NOHFC will not only support businesses in the Northwest, and acquire assets needed, it will also improve the quality and sustainability of local service offerings,” said Kevin Holland, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development. “We are committed to supporting the efforts of local businesses and promoting growth in Northwestern Ontario.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $1,737,330 for Biigtigong Nishnaabeg (formerly known as Pic River First Nation) to build an all-season outdoor covered rink for sports and cultural events
  • $1,509,200 for Biigtigong Nishnaabeg to expand the existing community centre to include the Biigtigong Nishnaabeg Lifestyle Centre – a physical fitness, mental health and cultural events facility
  • $198,000 for the Local Services Board of Rossport to renovate and modernize the Rossport Community Hall
  • $115,016 for Aguasabon Golf Club Terrace Bay – a not-for-profit nine-hole golf course – to replace its irrigation system
  • $109,183 for Stop Along The Way to establish a tent, trailer and recreational vehicle campground in Schreiber
  • $45,330 for the Marathon Rod and Gun Club – an organization that promotes outdoor conservation, hunting and angling activities – to refurbish its log clubhouse
  • $11,178 for the Nakina Heritage Corporation - a not-for-profit that promotes social, economic, cultural and historical development in Nakina and the surrounding area – to replace the roof of its building.

“By funding important infrastructure projects, our government is building strong, resilient and prosperous communities across the Northwest,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “We are also boosting economic growth and attracting more investment to the region by supporting business development, expansion and innovation.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 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

Quotes

“The NOHFC grant Rossport received last year enabled us to conduct a much-needed renovation of our community hall. Improvements included insulation, siding, new windows, an expanded electrical capacity, and two redesigned washrooms. The result is a modernized public building which is both more efficient and more accessible. Without this grant, such work is impossible for the community to do on its own.” – Rob Stewart, Chair, Local Services Board of Rossport

“The NOHFC funding allowed the Marathon Rod and Gun Club to restore their historic lodge to a level where the club could once again host community events for the surrounding area's population. The newly rehabilitated lodge, which was out of commission just five years ago, is now ready and regularly used by the membership. The lodge will serve the community of Marathon for many years to come.” – Colin Reid, President, Marathon Rod and Gun Club

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation for its support of the Nakina Heritage Corporation’s ‘Our House’ roof project. Our House is our local museum that provides an opportunity for past and present residents to gather and share the rich history of our community with visitors. Without NOHFC’s support, projects such as ours would not be possible. It has allowed us to protect our heritage, culture, and history.” – Brian Downey, President, Nakina Heritage Corporation

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Ontario Supporting Economic Development Opportunities in Timmins

Posted on June 29, 2023

TIMMINS – The Ontario government is providing more than $693,500 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to five economic development projects in Timmins. This investment will improve municipal infrastructure, expand company operations, and create employment in Northeastern Ontario.

“Our government is proud to make these investments that will support the Timmins community and bring jobs, opportunities, and prosperity to the people of Timmins,” said George Pirie, MPP for Timmins. “The NOHFC funding continues to strengthen the community and support its economic development.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $399,600 for Northwind Transport – a trucking operation providing loading and hauling services for the forestry sector – to purchase a loader, trailers and freightliners
  • $116,320 for Plant Based Marché – a plant-based cheese manufacturer – to purchase equipment and renovate the production kitchen in its new facility
  • $104,455 for Alloy Insights Inc. – a provider of information technology and cybersecurity solutions targeting small and medium enterprises – to purchase computer hardware and software
  • $43,311 for the Porcupine Dante Club – a non-profit restaurant and banquet hall that promotes Italian culture in the region – to renovate the upper hall, transform the lounge into an Italian trattoria, and replace the five main entrance doors
  • $29,887 for Little John Enterprises Ltd. – a sawmill and timber operation – to purchase sharpening, welding and sorting equipment.

“Our government continues to strengthen Northern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Through our targeted NOHFC investments, we are creating a strong and resilient northern economy, and building the infrastructure needed to support growth and prosperity in the region.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 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

Quotes

“With the assistance of the Ontario government and the NOHFC, we have been able to purchase new equipment and move forward with our business. We are thankful to have their support. These investments will have a positive impact on the local community for many years to come.” – René Blanchette, Northwind Transport

“We are thankful to the NOHFC for its support of our company, Plant Based Marché. Thanks to this funding, we are now able to make improvements to our facility and bring in state-of-the-art equipment to continue providing 100 per cent plant-based products to the Timmins community.” – Roxanne Carr, Plant Based Marché

“Alloy Insights Inc. is honored to receive the support and contribution from NOHFC in our newly launched cybersecurity business. This grant will allow our company to provide sophisticated cybersecurity and information technology-related services to organizations throughout the region and will increase our ability to provide high-value employment opportunities for candidates residing in Northern Ontario much sooner than our initial plans.” – Alain Lefebvre, Alloy Insights Inc.

“With the NOHFC funding support, the Porcupine Dante Club will be able to renovate and make the necessary improvements to the club. Since the late 1930s, the Porcupine Dante Club has been contributing to not only the Italian community but the entire Timmins community by playing host to multiple events every year; and through the NOHFC Community Enhancement Program the club will continue to bring all its members and non-members together.” – Chris Loreto, Porcupine Dante Club

“Thank you to the NOHFC and the Ontario government for the support received. As a sawmill and timber operation based in Timmins with our logs locally sourced, we are excited to continue growing our business and purchase new sawmill equipment thanks to the NOHFC funding provided.” – Marek Svec, Little John Enterprises Ltd.

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Ontario Revitalizing Neebing Community Outdoor Arenas

Posted on June 28, 2023

NEEBING – The Ontario government is providing more than $650,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for two community development projects in the Municipality of Neebing. This investment will improve recreational infrastructure, promote tourism and enhance quality of life for northerners.

These two substantial investments for Neebing Township represent our commitment to supporting and promoting growth in Northwestern Ontario,” said Kevin Holland, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development and MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan. “Through NOHFC, the Blake Hall Community Centre Outdoor Arena will get the improvements it needs to provide enjoyment for the community for years to come.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $500,000 for the Municipality of Neebing to upgrade the Blake Hall Community Centre outdoor arena by replacing the rink boards and adding a concrete surface, accessible entrance, roof and lighting. These upgrades will extend the outdoor skating season by six weeks and create a location to host summer community activities, such as vendor fairs, dances, sporting events.
  • $155,692 for the Municipality of Neebing to improve the Alf Olsen Memorial Park outdoor arena by adding a concrete surface and lighting. These upgrades will extend the outdoor skating season by three weeks and create new recreational opportunities in the summer.

“Our government is making sure northwestern communities have the resources they need to build strong, healthy and vibrant communities,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Through targeted investments, our government is helping Neebing improve the quality of their facilities for the benefit of community members and visitors alike.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 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.

Quotes

“Mayor and Council are grateful for the financial assistance from NOHFC. This funding will bring our community together by enhancing our recreational and event spaces. These projects will create opportunities for new community events, as well as greater community participation and collaboration. We thank MPP Kevin Holland for his continued support and leadership in the North.” – Council of the Municipality of Neebing

Media Contacts

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Ontario Strengthening Tourism Industry in Sault Ste. Marie

Posted on June 28, 2023

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario government is providing $162,750 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to Sault Lock Tours in Sault Ste. Marie. This investment is helping establish a new company, create employment and boost tourism in Northeastern Ontario.

“This investment of $162,750 in the purchase of the Miss Marie boat by Sault Lock Tours leverages a total of investment of $425,000,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. “I am excited for the re-launch of our boat tour. I am proud to see our government making investments in the local tourism sector.”

Sault Lock Tours received $162,750 to purchase the Miss Marie – a 100-passenger vessel – and establish a tour boat business. The company offers both a morning and afternoon hour-and-a-half cruise on the waters of Lake Superior and the St Mary's River. The boat can also be chartered in the evenings for private events, such as weddings and corporate meetings.

“On behalf of the crew aboard the Miss Marie, Sault Lock Tours Inc. appreciates the generous support from the NOHFC. The Miss Marie’s three full-time and 18 part-time crew provide waterside tours, including lockage through the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site,” said Sheila Purvis, Owner, Sault Lock Tours Inc. “We are pleased with the response from locals and tourists, as the vessel is a welcome addition to Sault Ste. Marie’s waterfront.”

“Our government is proud to support job creation and expand opportunities for locals and tourists alike to enjoy Sault Ste. Marie’s beautiful waterfront,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “This NOHFC investment directly contributes to the sustainability, prosperity and growth of the North’s tourism industry, ensuring the region remains an attractive place to live, work, play and do business.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 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

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Supporting Community Infrastructure and Business Expansion in Thunder Bay

Posted on June 27, 2023

THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is investing nearly $1.7 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) in six economic development projects in the Thunder Bay region. This investment will improve municipal infrastructure, expand business operations and create employment in Northwestern Ontario.

“These substantial investments through NOHFC will not only support businesses in the Thunder Bay Region and acquire assets needed, it will also improve the quality and sustainability of products and services,” said Kevin Holland, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development and MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan. “We are committed to supporting the efforts of local businesses and promoting growth in Northwestern Ontario.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $700,000 for the Municipality of Shuniah to build a pavilion over the outdoor skating area in the MacGregor Recreation Area & Wild Goose Park, offering an all-season multi-purpose site for community use and recreation
  • $316,149 for Termax – a full-service property maintenance provider and contractor – to invest in facility space, equipment, marketing and technology that will help expand operations
  • $293,500 for Countermeasures Security Solutions Inc. to increase production capacity by investing in CNC lathe, robotic welding cell and powder coating equipment that will help meet increased U.S.-based demand for the company’s automated gate assemblies and perimeter security systems
  • $191,696 for Lacroix Aquaponics Inc. to operate a microfarm that will combine aquaculture and hydroponics to produce leafy specialty baby greens and rainbow trout on a year-round basis
  • $138,800 for One Woman’s North Inc. to produce “Elizabeth Smellie – Canada's Florence Nightingale,” a feature-length documentary film about the incredible life of Elizabeth Smellie
  • $50,978 for North Rock Engineering Inc. to acquire new equipment, as the firm expands into offering environmental and civil engineering services.

“Our government is focused on investing in communities and giving businesses the confidence and support they need to expand offerings in the Northwest,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “By working together with our municipal and industry partners, we continue to make Northern Ontario an attractive place to live, work, play and do business.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $685 million in 5,656 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 9,000 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.

Quotes

“The Municipality is very excited and appreciative to receive the funding from NOHFC to assist with the construction of the new pavilion. This multi-purpose pavilion will expand Shuniah’s recreation facilities acting as a community hub and cultural centre hosting events such as a variety of recreational activities, farmers markets, and day camps.” – Wendy Landry, Mayor of the Municipality Shuniah

“Lacroix Aquaponics would like to express our gratitude to the Ontario government who, through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, has provided crucial funding for the launch of our innovative and sustainable agricultural venture. This financial input demonstrates the government’s recognition of the unique challenges of Northern Ontario residents and its commitment to supporting and strengthening food access and availability, local economic development and employment opportunities, and the self-reliance and resiliency of the food system in Northern Ontario.” Patrick and Shelly Lacroix – Lacroix Aquaponics

“Thanks to NOHFC funding, Shebafilms Studios is completing its first animated series. With NOHFC support we were able to train two Indigenous animators and build a team of six full-time animators for our project. We are creating long-lasting opportunities that will inspire more young people from our community of artists to choose a career in media production.” – Kelly Saxberg and Ron Harpelle, One Woman’s North Inc.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Supporting Mountain Bike Tourism in Sault Ste. Marie

Posted on June 16, 2023

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario government is providing $623,500 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to two projects that expand the Algoma Trail Network and build a year-round mountain bike skills park in Sault Ste. Marie. This investment will boost local tourism and recreational opportunities and improve physical activity and quality of life in Northeastern Ontario.

“This investment of $600,000 in Tourism Sault Ste. Marie’s Algoma Trail Network Construction - Phase 2 project leverages a total of investment of $1,240,000,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. “The adventure tourism sector is an important part of our northern economy, and I am proud to see our government making these kinds of investments which will attract tourists who will contribute to our local, regional and provincial economy.”

Tourism Sault Ste. Marie is receiving $600,000 in funding from the NOHFC to build a 30-kilometre extension to the Algoma Trail Network located at Hiawatha Highlands. This project will develop a year-round trail system connecting four lakes and multiple scenic viewpoints that will attract cycling tourists for multiple-day stays.

The Kinsmen Club of Sault Ste. Marie is receiving $23,500 in funding from the NOHFC to support the development of a year-round mountain bike skills park located in Kinsmen Park in Hiawatha Highlands with several features designed for self-improvement and for instructors to teach new skills. Both of these projects will help establish Sault Ste. Marie as a premier mountain biking destination in Ontario.

“Our government is expanding opportunities for local riders and mountain biking enthusiasts across Ontario to enjoy the unique natural beauty of the northeast,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Today’s investment directly contributes to the sustainability, prosperity and growth of Sault Ste. Marie’s tourism industry, ensuring Northern Ontario remains an attractive place to live, work, play and do business.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $646 million in 5,633 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,930 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

Quotes

“Tourism Sault Ste. Marie is thrilled to be the recipient of this generous support provided by the province through the NOHFC. Long recognized as a strategic growth market for Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, mountain bike tourism has grown exponentially over the past couple of years and is expected to maintain that growth for years to come. With the support of the province, Sault Ste. Marie is well positioned to establish itself as Ontario’s premier mountain bike destination.” – Beverley Barber, Chair, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie

“The City of Sault Ste. Marie is committed to continued development of local cycling infrastructure, and I want to thank the Government of Ontario through the NOHFC for supporting our efforts. Sault Ste. Marie is becoming synonymous with cycling thanks to our trails and their ready access to spectacular natural beauty, and I’m confident we’ll continue to see impressive growth in this area.” – Matthew Shoemaker, Mayor, City of Sault Ste. Marie

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Supporting Economic Development Opportunities in Rainy River District

Posted on June 13, 2023

FORT FRANCES – The Ontario government is providing more than $890,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to five economic development projects in the Rainy River District. This investment will improve municipal and recreational infrastructure, expand company operations, and create employment in Northwestern Ontario.

“Our government understands the unique needs in the Northwest, and we are proud to support partners in Rainy River,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “The projects we are recognizing today promote tourism, economic and community development opportunities, and improves quality of life in Indigenous and northern communities.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $500,000 for Rainy River First Nations to renovate and modernize the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung (Manitou Mounds) Visitors Centre
  • $263,091 for Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation to build a boat and recreational equipment storage rental facility
  • $83,639 for Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship Inc. to purchase a new portable stage
  • $28,051 for Manitou Weather Station – a fishing and hunting lodge – to winterize its facilities and purchase equipment
  • $15,610 for Emo Feed Service to purchase a flatbed delivery truck.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $646 million in 5,633 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2.3 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,930 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

Quotes

“Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung would like to say Chi Miigwech for the generosity and support of the NOHFC. With NOHFC funding, we are able to complete massive renovations to our visitors centre, safeguarding a space of historical importance to the Treaty 3 community and enhancing the education and knowledge experience for generations to come.” – Jessie Richard, Manager, Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung

“Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation, as well as the community of Morson and local tourism industry, certainly appreciated NOHFC assistance in funding the marine storage rental facility. Because of NOHFC assistance, this project became a reality. Thank you.” – John Amundsen, Economic Development Officer, Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation

“Representatives of the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship send their heartfelt appreciation to the NOHFC for their continued support of this exciting community event. Without such assistance, the purchase of a new stage would not have been possible.”

– Jeannette Cawston, Board of Directors, Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship

“On behalf of the staff and ownership of Manitou Weather Station, we are thankful for the ongoing partnership we have with the province through the NOHFC. With our application approved, we were able to keep our key staff employed during the COVID-19 pandemic and come out the other side with the need for more full-time, part-time and student staff.” – Duane Cridland, Owner, Manitou Weather Station

“With the contribution from the NOHFC, we were able to expand our business through the COVID-19 pandemic, which helped us to continue servicing our clients through this unprecedented time. We are glad to see the Ontario government investing in the Rainy River District and the agriculture sector.” – John Sawatzky, Owner, Emo Feed Service

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Supporting Economic Development Opportunities in Kenora

Posted on May 24, 2023

KENORA – The Ontario government is providing more than $1.3 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for two economic development projects in Kenora. This investment will help revamp a golf course and establish an aggregate screening business.

“Through the NOHFC, our government is investing in projects that make a real difference for businesses and communities in the Northwest,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “We are proud to support business expansions and community economic development opportunities that keep Northern Ontario competitive and current.”

D. Lafreniere Developments Ltd. is receiving $842,375 in NOHFC funding to establish Lake of the Woods Sand and Stone, an aggregate screening facility on Highway 17, near Kenora. Funding will be used to build the facility on a 173-acre lot and purchase equipment.

Aggregate screening is the process of separating crushed material into different products. D. Lafreniere Developments Ltd. will haul rough aggregate from a sand and gravel pit it owns in Vermillion Bay to its new Kenora facility for screening into a variety of products that are not currently available in the Kenora area. The materials will be used for a number of purposes, including road construction and landscaping.

“With the grant money provided by the NOHFC, we have been able to expand our equipment base as well as hire five full-time employees,” said Doug Lafreniere, Owner and Operator, D. Lafreniere Developments Ltd. “This aggregate screening operation will increase the ability of the construction industry to source materials locally. We thank the NOHFC for their support in this project and plan on serving Kenora and area for many years to come.”

The Kenora Golf & Country Club, a not-for-profit 18-hole golf course, is receiving $499,221 in NOHFC funding to renovate and upgrade the clubhouse, fairways and driving range. Funding will be used to install an automatic irrigation system, lay asphalt on paths and parking areas, and replace and extend the clubhouse deck.

Celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, the Kenora Golf & Country Club is open to all ages and members of the public and offers a variety of programing for beginners to experts. The club also serves as a venue for weddings and other events, helping support its growth and long-term sustainability.

“The Kenora Golf & Country Club is excited to announce extensive upgrades that not only enhance the overall golf experience but also the social experience for weddings, business gatherings and meetings,” said Jamie Minor, President, Kenora Golf & Country Club. “The project is primarily funded by the NOHFC and will be a great benefit to membership, City of Kenora residents and visitors alike.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $639 million in 5,265 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,420 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

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Modernizing La Vallee Community Hall

Posted on May 23, 2023

LA VALLEE – The Ontario government is providing $111,702 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for the Township of La Vallee to upgrade the community hall. This investment will improve quality of life for northerners by enhancing and improving accessibility to an important gathering place for community members.

“Our government understands building strong, connected communities in the Northwest starts with enhancing community infrastructure,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “By supporting the Township of La Vallee with accessibility improvements to the community hall, our government is ensuring Northern Ontario remains an attractive place to live, work, play and do business.”

La Vallee will use $111,702 in funding from the NOHFC to replace the existing stage with a new floor, repave the entrance walkway, upgrade the public washrooms and install a water softener unit, backup electrical system, new furnace and a new public-facing sign.

“The Township of La Vallee greatly appreciates support from the NOHFC for our Community Hall Accessibility Retrofit and Renovation Project,” said Lucille MacDonald, Reeve of the Township La Vallee.“This will provide some much needed funding for upgrades that will improve and enhance our Community Hall.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $639 million in 5,265 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,420 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.

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Revitalizing Outdoor Recreation Centre in Restoule

Posted on May 19, 2023

RESTOULE – The Ontario government is providing $170,871 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for the Local Services Board of Restoule to repair and modernize the outdoor recreation centre. This investment will improve quality of life for northerners by expanding access to recreational and community activities.

"This investment by the provincial government is a testament to our commitment to small town and rural Ontario. We're making smart and strategic investments that are helping to give communities across Parry Sound-Muskoka the resources and tools they need to develop and grow, “ said Graydon Smith, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka. “I'm thrilled for Restoule and look forward to seeing the new and improved outdoor rink next winter."

The Local Services Board will use $170,871 in funding from the NOHFC for Phase 1 of a two-phase community infrastructure building project to revitalize Restoule’s outdoor recreation centre by modernizing the existing rink with upgraded dasher boards, lighting, fencing and gating, and ice maintenance equipment. Using a phased approach will allow the work team to create value and prolong the life of the existing infrastructure, while carefully considering options for the new year-round covered structure planned for Phase 2 of the project.

“Replacement of the rink boards, the purchase of resurfacing equipment and sports equipment were only made possible by funding provided by NOHFC. A storage unit to house the tractor, Zamboni and snow blower is also part of the overall project and is crucial to keep the equipment in top shape for years to come,” said Mike McVeety, Secretary and Treasurer of the Restoule Local Services Board. “We are grateful for Ontario’s support for this year-round facility hosting a variety of activities including basketball, pickle ball, broom ball, hockey and pleasure skating for residents and visitors of all ages.”

“Our government is committed to revitalizing community infrastructure across the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “We are focused on keeping our communities relevant and current, improving sport and recreational opportunities, and making Northern Ontario an attractive place to live, work, play and do business.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $639 million in 5,265 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,420 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.

Media Contacts

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

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

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Ontario Increasing its Investment in North Bay’s Film and Television Production Industry

Posted on May 19, 2023

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing $2 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to four North Bay film productions. This investment will help create industry jobs, showcase northern talent and raise the profile of the film and television industry in Northern Ontario.

“Our government is proud to continue providing targeted investments to support the film and television industry in Northern Ontario, which continues to create good jobs and develop skilled local talent,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “Today’s funding is helping solidify the North’s reputation as a first-rate production centre in North America and the world.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $500,000 for Boy In The Woods Film Inc. to produce the film The Boy In The Woods
  • $500,000 for Carpe Dee Yum Productions Inc. to produce the film Seeds
  • $500,000 for Drive Back Home Productions Inc. to produce the film Drive Back Home
  • $500,000 for KM Romance Swing Productions Inc. to produce the film Swing Into Romance.

“With investments like the ones we are celebrating today, we are putting a spotlight on Northern Ontario’s film and television industry,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our government is committed to strengthening this important sector in support of our northern economy.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $639 million in 5,265 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,420 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • The NOHFC’s Cultural Supports Program showcases Northern Ontario culture, geography and talent through event partnerships and support for the production of films and TV series.

Additional Resources

Quotes

"When industry and government work together, sustainability happens. This has always been our experience working with MPP Fedeli. The government has incentive programs that support creative industries in the North. Creative industries previously didn’t get this level of assistance or attention, both of which MPP Fedeli offers and the industry recognizes and appreciates." – Jennifer Jonas, Producer, Carpe Dee Yum Productions Inc.

"It is an incredible feeling to be involved in such a booming industry, right here in my own backyard. These films have not only impacted my life and the lives of the thousands of local cast and crew over the years, but also the many northern communities we have had the privilege of basing our productions out of. We are so grateful for the NOHFC and MPP Fedeli, as these films would never happen without their support. It has allowed many people, just like me, to not only start a new career path, but a successful one at that, and in an industry that we are so passionate about." – Kelly Martin, Producer, KM Romance Swing Productions Inc.

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Supporting Economic Development and Employment Opportunities in Nipissing

Posted on May 12, 2023

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is investing more than $3.4 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) in eight economic development projects in the Nipissing region. This investment will improve municipal infrastructure, expand business operations and create employment in Northeastern Ontario.

“Supporting community and business development creates jobs, keeps our region competitive and attracts new investment,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “Our government is helping companies and communities thrive and providing real opportunities for the people of the Nipissing District.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $1,100,392 for Nexco Inc. to develop NexcoBase and NexcoBoost – innovative explosive products for the mining and construction industries that are greener for the environment and water resistant
  • $775,000 for Corexplore Drilling Services to purchase two additional drills and support equipment for surface mining and exploration projects
  • $523,738 for Martel & Mitchell Physiotherapy to purchase equipment, renovate existing facilities and build an adjoining new workspace
  • $400,000 for Redpath Canada Limited – a mining construction and engineering company – to build an additional facility to increase repair work capacity
  • $295,728 for Bur Oak Resources Inc. – a renewable energy company that provides solar, wind, and other energy solutions – to build a net zero manufacturing facility
  • $200,654 for Capitol Centre – a visual and performing arts centre – to replace aging infrastructure, including HVAC systems, fire suppression and air quality control equipment, the loading door, and some windows
  • $93,850 for Fur Harvesters Auction Inc. to purchase equipment and renovate its facility
  • $90,480 for Mincon Canada – a machine shop that manufactures drill bits for the mining industry – to purchase equipment and renovate its facility.

“Our government is building strong, resilient and prosperous communities and businesses in Nipissing and across the North by investing in business expansions and community infrastructure upgrades,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “By working together with our northern partners, we continue to make Northern Ontario an attractive place to live, work, play and do business.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $639 million in 5,265 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,420 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

Quotes

“Nexco is dedicated to developing next-generation explosives that could revolutionize not only Ontario's mining industry but also create global opportunities. These innovative explosives promise cost savings, improved performance, and enhanced environmental and safety benefits. NOHFC's support has been vital in helping us bridge the gap between concept and commercial production as we continue to explore this promising technology.” – John Burrows, President, Nexco Inc.

“Corexplore would like to thank NOHFC and the Ontario government for assisting in purchasing two additional clean-tech surface coring drills and support equipment to add to our fleet. This project helped create 16 full-time permanent jobs for hard-working Northerners.” – David Jones, President, Corexplore Drilling Services

“NOHFC funding support has been vital to our clinic expansion project. Our new clinical space has allowed us to recruit and hire three new regulated health professionals this year and grow our team and expand our rehabilitation service offerings.” – Michael Mitchell, President, Martel and Mitchell Rehabilitation Inc.

“We are immensely grateful to NOHFC for this generous grant which has allowed us to build a state-of-the-art facility in North Bay. This investment not only strengthens our commitment to creating jobs and economic growth in the region, but also underscores our unwavering dedication to innovation and excellence in the mining industry.” – Kevin Melong, Vice President, Shafts and Technical Services, Redpath Canada Limited

“Bur Oak Resources is proud to be part of the growing renewable energy industry and a leader in the North. We have been providing innovative custom energy solutions for our clients, helping them gain energy independence and security; and this new facility will allow us to significantly expand our offerings.” – Lance Johnson, President, Bur Oak Resources Inc.

“This NOHFC grant will allow us to move forward with upgrades and repairs to key infrastructure elements, including HVAC systems, windows, and doors. These systems will help our heritage building operate in a more energy-efficient manner and reduce our environmental impact while continuing to provide an accessible space that inspires, creates, and showcases performing and visual art forms.” – Katina Connolly, Executive Director, Capitol Centre

"This news of Fur Harvesters Auction Inc. receiving NOHFC funding comes at a very opportune time. Since 2020, we have been experiencing tremendous growth and this funding will be put to very good use in our planned expansion of the fur auction facility." – Mark Downey, CEO, Fur Harvesters Auction Inc.

“Mincon Canada would like to thank the Ontario government and NOHFC for their continued support with funding towards the purchase of new and innovative equipment for our manufacturing facility. This equipment will improve our production efficiency and increase our capacity to produce product at a more affordable cost. The increase in productivity will create an opportunity for existing employees to expand their skilled trades experience and create new jobs in this field.” – Charlene Ylimaki, General Manager, Mincon Canada

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Supporting Meakin Contracting Ltd. in Sault Ste. Marie

Posted on May 12, 2023

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario government is providing more than $769,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to Meakin Contracting Ltd. in Sault Ste. Marie to expand business operations, boost employment, and create a stable wood supply for local mills.

“This investment in Meakin Contracting Ltd. is helping create new jobs in the forestry sector here in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. “The forestry sector is an important pilar of the northern economy. I am proud to see the Ontario government investing in forestry businesses that contribute to our local, northern and provincial economies.”

Meakin Contracting Ltd. provides logging and road construction services for the forestry sector in the Sault Ste. Marie area. To meet production targets and local demand for its services, the company used over $769,000 in NOHFC funding to purchase hauling and harvesting equipment.

“We greatly appreciate the financial support the NOHFC has provided to our company to assist with the purchase of new equipment,” said Ian Frazier, Controller, Meakin Contracting Ltd. “This equipment provides the ability to haul more wood each load and has resolved a bottleneck in the operation. With this resolved, we have focused on increased wood production, which leads to further road building opportunities. By having this equipment, we have increased employment by one part-time position with the anticipation of being able to run a second shift with another full-time position.”

“Our government is proud to support Sault Ste. Marie’s forestry sector with targeted investments in projects that make real improvements to operations,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Through the NOHFC, we are helping Meakin Contracting Ltd. increase the capacity for log shipments to local mills that depend on stable and predictable wood supplies.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $639 million in 5,265 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,420 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, Northern Development Offices and Small Business Enterprise Centres are available to support northern communities, businesses and other stakeholders in identifying economic development opportunities and assist in accessing government funding programs.

Media Contacts

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

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Ontario Building Stronger Community Infrastructure in the Northeast

Posted on May 08, 2023

PARRY SOUND – The Ontario government is providing more than $5 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to 27 community infrastructure projects in Northeastern Ontario. This investment will help municipalities improve quality of life for northerners and create more social, economic and tourism opportunities in the North.

“Our government is proud to support our municipal partners with investments that make a real difference to Northeastern communities and improve the safety and well-being of residents,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Through the NOHFC, our government is providing the certainty that municipalities need to expand operations and diversify the local economy, making the North an excellent place to live, work, and play.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $275,420 for the Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands for the purchase, delivery and installation of a new 306-foot floating dock system to upgrade the Spider Bay Marina; and $246,694 to revitalize the Manitoulin East Municipal Airport with upgrades to their fuel systems
  • $500,000 for the City of Elliot Lake to make upgrades to the Ruben Yli-Juuti Aquatic Center such as replacing the HVAC system, boiler, dehumidifier and air conditioning
  • $500,000 for the Township of Laird to rehabilitate the Bar River Hall, with capital improvements to the community centre, including a new concrete foundation and interior and exterior renovations
  • $375,000 for the Town of Espanola to replace the arena dehumidifier (HVAC system) and to complete roof remediation at the Espanola Regional Recreation Complex
  • $300,000 for the Town of Blind River to complete refrigeration plant upgrades and equipment changes to its Community Centre/Arena, including a new electrical panel, chiller, compressors and dasher boards
  • $288,750 for the Town of Thessalon to upgrade the Thessalon Coastal Trail (TCT) to improve accessibility and function of the trail for users of all abilities
  • $250,430 for Kap Nordic Skiers – a non-profit recreational cross-country ski and snowshoe club – to purchase a new groomer to improve the club’s ability to groom and maintain its trail network
  • $223,125 for the Township of Johnson to rebahiliate the arena and community centre to ensure the building meets the safety and accessibility requirements
  • $200,000 for the Incorporated Village of Hilton Beach to renovate and repair the Hilton Beach Marina building to serve local residents and enhance the tourism industry
  • $199,200 for the Town of Gore Bay to improve the overall condition, safety and accessibility of the Harbour Centre and waterfront boardwalk
  • $180,000 for the Township of Plummer Additional to structurally improve, update and diversify the Bruce Station Hall, which operates as the community centre and municipal hub
  • $180,000 for the Municipality of Temagami to revitalize the municipal outdoor public walking and biking track
  • $173,366 for the Township of Macdonald, Meredith and Aberdeen Additional to make capital improvements to the Echo Bay Sportsplex that will allow the facility to host programing and events in the township year-round
  • $167,500 for the Township of Tehkummah for upgrades to four-kilometre Bowerman Nature Trail and John Budd Park Outdoor Pavilion area that will allow both the trail and pavilion to better serve residents and tourists
  • $167,400 for the Aweres Local Services Board to make structural improvements and renovate the Fire Hall Station to improve safety, accessibility and efficiency and help firefighters provide quality emergency services
  • $159,750 for the Township of St. Joseph to upgrade and rehabilitate the Children’s Library provide a caring and safe environment for local and visiting children to develop a sense of community and a love of reading
  • $152,102 for the Municipality of St. Charles to renovate and upgrade their community centre to ensure that the building is up to code, more efficient and can host a variety of community events
  • $150,000 for the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) for economic development initiatives, travel to enhance northeastern representation at government consultations and for the annual FONOM conference
  • $83,591 for the Municipality of Huron Shores to extend the lifespan of the historic Sowerby Hall – a unique four-season hall used for special events and activities – with facility upgrades and renovations
  • $67,500 to the Town of Blind River for a new ice re-surfacer at the Blind River Community Centre to enhance rink safety and accessibility and contribute to the active lifestyle of resdients and neighbouring communities
  • $66,870 for the Township of Cockburn Island to make structural improvements and interior upgrades to its community hall, a heritage building that hosts community and special events for local residents and tourists
  • $58,500 for The Echo Bay Elks Lodge No. 535, to make capital improvements to the Elk Lodge, which functions as a community centre and provides recreational opportunities for Echo Bay and communities nearby
  • $44,218 for Local Services Board of Wharncliffe and Kynoch to make upgrades to the Fire Hall and adjacent Community Hall, including replacing the heating systems and air conditioning, to improve operating costs and energy efficiency
  • $22,050 for the Township of Prince to replace the heating system at the Fire Hall to improve operating efficiency and reduce costs to the municipality; and $15,255 to install eight roll-up doors at the municipal pavilion to protect the building from outside elements; and
  • $20,900 for the Blind River Curling Club to finish replacing a 30-year-old ice plant compressor to ensure safe operation and to and to improve the mechanical efficiency and lifespan of the ice plant.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $639 million in 5,265 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,420 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

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“For the last 43 years, the Johnson Township Community Centre has been a central part of our community, providing a meeting place, a place of play and sport, and a safe space in the event of an emergency. Support from NOHFC allows us to make necessary facility upgrades to continue providing a space for diverse events, activities, clubs and organizations within the Algoma Region and along the North Shore.” Mayor Reg McKinnon, Township of Johnson

“Blind River has rejuvenated its treasured Community Centre, thanks to funding from the NOHFC. The facility has been beautifully retrofitted with sustainable, energy-efficient updates that ensure our residents of all ages have affordable access to recreation for decades to come. We’re eager to welcome our local and regional guests back in the fall. Thank you NOHFC for rebuilding ‘The Heart of Blind River’!” – Mayor Sally Hagman, Town of Blind River

“Through the generous support from NOHFC, the Municipality of Huron Shores could make significant repairs to the Sowerby Hall, which has a rich history serving the community and people across Northern Ontario. We thank Ontario for making it possible to continue for years to come.” – Natashia Roberts, CAO and Clerk, Municipality of Huron Shores

"Over half of our member communities have a population of fewer than 1,000 people, so the annual funding we get from the NOHFC helps us be a voice for all of our members" – Danny Whalen, President, Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Expanding Civil Engineering Capacity in Sault Ste. Marie

Posted on May 04, 2023

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario government is providing $77,788 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to Down to Earth Geotechnical Engineering in Sault Ste. Marie. This investment will expand business operations and create new commercial opportunities for the company.

"I am happy to see that our government is investing in Down to Earth Geotechnical Engineering, helping create full-time jobs right here in Sault Ste. Marie and expanding local capacity to build new infrastructure," said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie.

Down to Earth Geotechnical Engineering is a professional engineering company specializing in geotechnical design and inspection services. The company will use NOHFC funding to purchase a Diedrich D25 drill rig and create full-time jobs, which will help expand in-house drilling services to other geotechnical and geoenvironmenal engineering consulting firms.

“Our government is bringing innovative technology to Sault Ste. Marie, creating highly-skilled jobs and expanding civil engineering capacity in the North by helping Down to Earth supply a local demand for geotechnical drilling services,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “We continue to make targeted investments that empower northern businesses to expand into new markets and support local capacity to develop new foundations and key infrastructure in the North.”

“We greatly appreciate NOHFC’s funding for helping us purchase drilling equipment that has allowed us to expand our business, improve efficiency and effectiveness and help fill a local market gap for high quality geotechnical and environmental drilling services,” said Maurice Corriveau, Senior Geotechnical Engineer at Down to Earth Geotechnical Engineering.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $639 million in 5,265 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,420 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.

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Media Contacts

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Ontario Supporting Community Health and Business Growth in Sundridge

Posted on April 29, 2023

SUNDRIDGE – The Ontario government is investing more than $865,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) in two economic development projects in the Village of Sundridge. This investment will improve municipal infrastructure, expand business operations and create employment.

"This investment demonstrates our government's commitment to the residents of small-town Ontario," said Graydon Smith, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka. "We're strengthening access to high-quality local health care and creating jobs across Almaguin. Our government remains committed to ensuring rural areas and small towns throughout the Parry Sound region have access to the supports and resources they deserve."

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $744,567 for the Village of Sundridge to renovate and modernize the Sundridge & District Medical Centre to improve operational efficiencies, meet current accessibility, health and safety standards, and prolong the life of the facility.
  • $121,320 for Tim Bryson Forestry Services to purchase equipment and upgrade facilities to increase production capacity.

“Our government is focused on creating good jobs, strengthening local economic development, and supporting business expansions across the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Together with our northern partners, our government continues to make Sundridge strong, healthy and vibrant.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $639 million in 5,265 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,420 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

Quotes

“Geographically, Sundridge, Strong and Joly are 35 minutes to an hour away from other hospitals and health care centres. We are so fortunate to be able to offer our community a medical centre in the heart of Sundridge that alleviates some of the burden of travelling for services and keeps health care local for our residents. This NOHFC funding will not only help to alleviate some of the rehabilitation cost burden, it also ensures that our facility is appealing in our physician recruitment efforts.” – Justine Leveque, Mayor, Village of Sundridge

“The residents of the Township of Joly and the Sundridge area are thrilled over the new facility. This building will be more doctor-friendly and provide more room for other health care providers. It will be easier to recruit new doctors and professionals to the area with our new medical office.” – Brian McCabe, Mayor, Township of Joly

“The Sundridge & District Medical Centre renovation was one of the proudest achievements of the medical centre’s committee, composed of councillors from Sundridge, Strong and Joly. The new facility will help retain and attract medical staff to keep our aging community healthy, and the grant will really reduce the tax burden for future generations.” – Tim Bryson, Mayor, Township of Strong

“The grant process understandably has many checks and balances. The helpful staff at NOHFC made it possible to get the application done, making it well worth the effort. This grant made it possible for Tim Bryson Forestry Services to innovate, as well as move ahead with a growth plan confidently into the future.” – Tim Bryson, Owner and Operator, Tim Bryson Forestry Services

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Supporting Business Expansion and Innovation in Thunder Bay

Posted on April 28, 2023

THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $2.8 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to 16 business expansion and development projects in Thunder Bay. This investment will increase operational capacity and boost the local economy.

"Our government is proud to make targeted investments in projects that drive economic development and growth in Thunder Bay,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “By working hand-in-hand with our northern partners, we are creating meaningful career opportunities that contribute to stronger, more vibrant communities."

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $400,000 for KBM Resources Group to purchase light detection and ranging (LiDAR) equipment and aircraft to expand operations in remote sensing and field and technical services; $240,916 to purchase information and communications technology to expand geophysical survey services across the energy and utilities, forestry, mining and road infrastructure sectors; and $64,620 for flight training equipment to start offering flight training services that will help fill a growing need for professional development opportunities for commercial pilots in Northwestern Ontario.
  • $387,000 for Mileage Auto Plus – a full-service vehicle repair and maintenance facility specializing in commercial vehicles in the telecommunications and hydro expansion in Northwestern Ontario – to increase capacity to service larger and more vehicles
  • $292,232 for EvergreenRx KB Inc. to expand its building footprint at its Kakabeka Falls pharmacy to have enough space for administering immunizations, blood pressure kiosks and additional computer workstations and to meet new ventilation and other standards set by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA)
  • $282,500 for Harris Timber to purchase a new processor that will increase business capacity by allowing the company to cut to length instead of only tree-length wood
  • $246,200 for Loch Lomond Equipment Sales Limited – a company specializing in equipment for ice road construction – to build additional workshop and storage space to expand operations supporting winter roads important for transporting supplies to Indigenous communities not accessible by road in the spring, summer and fall
  • $210,544 for C&M Tile and Granites to enhance production capacity and introduce new and advanced digital production equipment into manufacturing granite, marble and quartz products for the home improvement and construction industry with community resources and volunteers
  • $200,000 for First Response Mental Health to develop the “Bridges Community Connection” system, a digital tool connecting long-term care residents and those requiring day-to-day personal care support
  • $122,750 for Chinook Biochemical Inc. to develop and commercialize a mechanical ventilator unit that can treat patients in acute hypoxemic respiratory failure
  • $121,000 for M. Morin Logging Inc. to purchase fuel-efficient equipment that will increase production and help save on fuel, maintenance and repair costs
  • $111,000 for P&S Slashing – a logging contractor – to purchase equipment that will increase harvesting capacity in Northwestern Ontario
  • $98,300 for Maintair Aviation Services Limited to purchase equipment to expand operations
  • $29,201 for Balmoral Dental Designs Ltd. to expand its Thunder Bay facility to keep current with industry standards, reduce outsourcing costs and improve the overall efficiency
  • $18,540 for CSL Environmental Geotechnical Ltd. to invest in survey equipment and information and communications technology to fulfill larger jobs and enhance service delivery
  • $11,500 for Makkinga Logging Ltd. to purchase a grapple skidder to create additional harvesting capacity.

"I am committed to advocating for investments that drive economic development and growth in Thunder Bay,” said Kevin Holland, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development and MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan. “By working hand-in-hand with our northern partners, we are focused on cultivating strong, vibrant communities and providing real opportunities for the hardworking individuals who are integral to the economic progress of Northern Ontario."

“We are giving our partners in the North the support they need to expand their businesses, diversify the local economy, and create lasting jobs,” said Minister Rickford.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $639 million in 5,265 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,420 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

Quotes

“KBM has grown and evolved over the past 10 years to become a significant supplier of aviation, geomatics and field services in Northern Ontario and across North America. NOHFC’s assistance has provided KBM with the confidence to make key capital investments and the ability to attract highly skilled workers.” – Ian Gillies, Principal of Flight Operations, KBM Resources Group

“With support from the Province of Ontario, CSL Environmental & Geotechnical Ltd. has expanded to provide the growing mining and construction sectors with critical engineering services, creating six permanent jobs right here in the North and providing us the opportunity to work with the latest technology.” Chris Perusse, President – CSL Environmental & Geotechnical Ltd.

“Support from the Province of Ontario has allowed Loch Lomond Equipment Sales to build operational efficiencies and expand our facilities in line with our market growth. With the NOHFC’s assistance, we have increased our production capacity and will have created four new local jobs.” Wendy Stevenson, General Manager – Loch Lomond Equipment Sales

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Thunder Bay

Posted on April 28, 2023

THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $5.7 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for 179 job placement opportunities in Thunder Bay. This investment will help businesses expand operations and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce.

“Our government is helping businesses harness local talent in Thunder Bay, with targeted investments that create more opportinuties for Northerners to gain essential skills and build meaningful careers,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Together with our northern partners, we are creating highly skilled, good-paying jobs that will boost economic growth and prosperity in the North.”

Internship projects receiving NOHFC funding include:

  • $127,191 for TBT Engineering Ltd. to hire four Engineers in Training to provide engineering, technical, and administrative direction on projects, liaise with stakeholders and prepare engineering documents, work schedules, detailed cost estimates and assessments
  • $47,840 for Eco Carbon Foam Inc.to hire two Extruder Operators to operate extruder equipment, including start-up, adding mixture and troubleshooting
  • $39,244 for Blueprints Music and Audio to hire an Audio Engineer to assist with music recording, mixing and live sound production projects in the music and film industry, along with digital marketing and creating a database of voice talent in the region including Indigenous elders and language keepers
  • $35,000 for Canada Malting Company Ltd. to hire a Maltster Trainee to operate and maintain the malthouse, adjust processes to respond to changes in barley quality and environment conditions to achieve malt specifications and provide leadership to plant operations
  • $35,000 for the Township of Conmee to hire a Deputy Clerk–Treasurer Intern for administrative and financial support, including bank reconciliations, managing records and maintaining the asset management plan

“I am pleased that our government is investing in businesses in Thunder Bay–Atikokan by providing funding for them to hire additional workers under the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation,” said MPP Kevin Holland. “This funding will help to address the shortage of skilled workers in the North and will ensure our local businesses’ continued viability, growth and success.”

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

“We are proud to support projects that provide on-the-job career development opportunities while addressing local skilled labour shortages in the Northwest,” said Minister Rickford.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $639 million in 5,265 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,420 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • A list of all 180 Thunder Bay NOHFC internship program funding recipients is available on the corporation’s website.

Quotes

“NOHFC funding allows the Township of Conmee the opportunity to create employment. As a smaller municipality, we normally cannot offer an internship position because of the costs involved. Municipal government is a challenging but rewarding opportunity for any individual who wants to work in this field.” – Sheila Maxwell, Mayor, Township of Conmee

“Support from the NOHFC's Indigenous Workforce Program has been crucial for the development of my business, as I was able to hire an Audio Engineer to assist with projects at a highly professional level and help optimize operations to prepare for the opening of our new facility.” – Jean-Paul De Roover, Owner, Blueprints Music and Audio

“The Ontario government has played a big role in making Eco Carbon Foam happen. With the assistance of the NOHFC, we have successfully ramped up production here in Thunder Bay. We highly appreciate the support from the province with helping us put our company on the map.” Elena Rogalski – Manager, Eco Carbon Foam Inc.

Additional Resources

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Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Supporting Business Park Development in Nipissing First Nation

Posted on April 28, 2023

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing $1 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to Nipissing First Nation to develop Bineshii Business Park along Highway 17 in Yellek. This investment will help create employment, meet local demand for commercial lots, and foster economic development in the North Bay region.

“Our government is creating jobs and increasing economic development on Nipissing First Nation,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “By supporting the construction of the Bineshii Business Park, we are letting people know that Northern Ontario is open for business.”

Nipissing First Nation has completed the business plan and design of Bineshii Business Park. The park is a total of 76 acres, divided into commercial and light industrial lots. NOHFC funding will be used for land clearing, new road construction, widening the existing road, street illumination, storm water management, fire protection services, and installation of electricity, natural gas and telecommunications.

“Nipissing First Nation is grateful for the funding provided by the NOHFC, which will enable us to install critical infrastructure in the Bineshii Business Park and open new lots for development,” said Chief Scott McLeod, Nipissing First Nation. “With its prime location on Highway 17, near the City of North Bay, the Bineshii Business Park is an ideal site for businesses to grow and expand. We are excited about the economic development and capacity building opportunities this project presents for our nation, our businesses, and our citizens through the creation of new jobs in various sectors.”

“Our government understands the unique needs of Northern Ontario communities, and is proud to support Nipissing First Nation,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “Bineshii Business Park promotes opportunities for economic and community development, and improves quality of life in Indigenous and northern communities.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $639 million in 5,265 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,420 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

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Supporting Economic Development and Employment Opportunities in South River

Posted on April 21, 2023

SOUTH RIVER – The Ontario government is investing more than $1.9 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) in four economic development projects in the Village of South River. This investment will improve municipal infrastructure, expand business operations and create employment in Northeastern Ontario.

"Our government is passionate about ensuring small and rural communities across the Parry Sound region have the tools and resources they need to thrive," said Graydon Smith, MPP Parry Sound-Muskoka. "We're making strategic investments in local organizations and businesses that are helping people in need, creating jobs and improving local quality of life."

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $768,492 for the District of Parry Sound Employment Services Inc. (Employment North) to create a workforce development hub – a one-stop destination for employers, employees and job seekers – that offers services such as employment searches, career development and training, and meeting space
  • $645,434 for Swift Canoe & Kayak to purchase equipment and renovate its manufacturing facility to improve production capacity
  • $345,695 for Almaguin Forest Products to purchase equipment and update its sawmill to improve production capacity and efficiency
  • $189,000 for the Village of South River to modernize the South River Train Station – a gathering and event space for the community.

“Through targeted investments, our government is building strong, resilient and prosperous communities and businesses in South River and across the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “By working together with our northern partners, we continue to make Northern Ontario an attractive place to live, work, play and do business.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $639 million in 5,265 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,420 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

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“Employment North is very happy to receive NOHFC funding to support our community hub project, providing space for various community events and workshops for job seekers from Novar to Callander. We’ve already begun to welcome people to our space and are thrilled to be co-located with the Good Happenings Food Bank.”
– Donna Sedore, Executive Director, Employment North

"Almaguin Forest Products restarted in mid-2019 and since then we have worked to increase its efficiency, production, and employment. The project supported by NOHFC enabled the installation of new processing equipment - including a resaw, chipper, and saw filing machinery - that will make Almaguin Forest Products more competitive as a producer of hardwood lumber and as an employer of hard-working staff." – Malcolm Cockwell, Managing Director, Almaguin Forest Products

“We are thrilled to receive this generous grant from the NOHFC, allowing us to continue our important work in preserving and promoting the rich heritage of South River. With this support, we can further enhance our efforts to engage the community in celebrating our unique railroad history and prepare South River for the return of passenger rail service. We extend our sincere thanks to the NOHFC for its investment in our community and commitment to heritage preservation.” – Bill O’Hallarn, Deputy Mayor, Village of South River

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Supporting Community Infrastructure Development for Pikangikum First Nation Youth

Posted on April 14, 2023

PIKANGIKUM – The Ontario government is providing $793,050 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to Pikangikum First Nation to build the Youth Wellness Hub and expand the Youth Sawmill. This investment supports important infrastructure upgrades and economic growth, and creates employment opportunities for Indigenous people in Northwestern Ontario.

“Our government is proud to support projects like the Youth Wellness Hub and Youth Sawmill that contribute to a stronger, healthier and resilient Indigenous community,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “Today’s investments demonstrate our commitment to enhancing infrastructure and economic development opportunities, and improving the quality of life for northerners.”

NOHFC is funding the following two projects:

  • $600,000 to build the Youth Wellness Hub, Outdoor Cultural Centre, and Safe House Village reception area. The project will provide a safe and secure place for learning, development, healing and cultural teachings for the community.
  • $193,050 to renovate, upgrade and expand the Youth Sawmill to increase manufacturing capacity. The project will provide employment and training for community members, as well as provide finished products at low costs to the community.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $639 million in 5,265 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $2 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,421 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

Quotes

“I’m very grateful for the Youth Wellness Hub. It brings unity and teaches youth about our culture, hunting, fishing and traditional food preparation. The hub keeps our youth active and learning, and also brings them hope. Thank you.” – Shirley Keeper, Chief, Pikangikum First Nation

“We are grateful to have received assistance from NOHFC to improve the sawmill. The infrastructure upgrades will help improve efficiency and productivity. For example, the cribs are a great addition to the sawmill, as we no longer need to worry about the weather outside. Logs and slabs stored in the cribs can dry throughout the year and then be used as chips for the school boilers during the winter months.” – Kurtis Strang, Sawmill Lead, Pikangikum First Nation

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Supporting Tourism and Recreational Opportunities in Parry Sound Region

Posted on April 14, 2023

PARRY SOUND – The Ontario government is investing $544,350 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) in two economic development projects in the Parry Sound region. This investment will improve municipal infrastructure, boost tourism, and improve quality of life in Northeastern Ontario.

"This investment into West Parry Sound reflects our government's commitment to ensuring rural and northern communities have the resources they require to grow and prosper," said Graydon Smith, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka. "We're making targeted investments into people, businesses and infrastructure that will facilitate economic growth and increase the quality of life for local residents."

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $450,000 for Seguin Township to replace the Humphrey Community Centre roof to create a safer environment for visitors and staff, extend the facility’s lifespan and make it more energy efficient
  • $94,350 for the Town of Parry Sound to modernize and redesign the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame to create new exhibit space and make the hall more energy efficient.

“Our government is committed to revitalizing community infrastructure here in the Parry Sound region and across the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “We are focused on keeping our northern communities competitive and current, making them attractive places to live, work, play and do business.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $613 million in 5,214 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.94 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,240 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

Quotes

“The Humphrey Community Centre is a vital hub in Seguin. On behalf of the township, I’d like to thank NOHFC for investing in this asset. We also extend our gratitude to MPP Graydon Smith for consistently supporting our efforts to enhance quality of life in the region.” – Ann MacDiarmid, Mayor, Seguin Township

“Receiving this grant for the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame exhibition redevelopment has made a significant impact on the project, as we were faced with escalating material costs and inflationary pressures after the budget was established. NOHFC funding ensured we were able to execute the redevelopment without compromising on our vision in the face of rising costs.” – Jamie McGarvey, Mayor, Town of Parry Sound

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Sudbury–Nickel Belt

Posted on April 06, 2023

SUDBURY – The Ontario government is providing more than $3.2 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for 121 job placement opportunities in Sudbury–Nickel Belt. This investment will help businesses expand operations and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce.

“Our government is helping businesses harness local talent in Sudbury–Nickel Belt, with targeted investments that create more opportinuties for northerners to gain essential skills and build meaningful careers,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Together with our northern partners, we are creating highly skilled, good-paying jobs that will boost economic growth and prosperity in the North.”

Internship projects receiving NOHFC funding include:

  • $35,000 to the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek to hire an Economic Development Intern to improve the community’s access to grant funding and planning and expanding programming that enhance economic independance
  • $35,000 to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to hire a Bioremediation Research Assistant to help study genetically modified microbes for nuclear waste management
  • $35,000 to Cinefest; The Sudbury Film Festival Inc. to hire a Marketing Partnership Development Officer Intern to develop and implement a subscriber-based membership incentive program
  • $26,163 to Northern Wildflowers Inc. to hire a Agricultural Business Development Intern to assist with seed farming, crop planning and agricultural research projects
  • $22,126 to Laporte Veterinary Medicine Professional Corporation to hire a Veterinary Intern to assist with providing animal care and client communications

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

“We are removing barriers to participation so more businesses can provide on-the-job career development, address skilled labour shortages and create more opportunities for a broader range of interns, including more opportunities for Indigenous youth,” said Minister Rickford.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $613 million in 5,214 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.94 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,240 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • A list of all 121 Sudbury–Nickel Belt NOHFC internship program funding recipients is available on the corporation’s website.

Quotes

“Support from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation to hire a Marketing Partnership Intern has enabled Cinefest to maintain and build audiences and partnerships, which was vital during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are thrilled that our intern’s work will help fuel regeneration of Cinefest in the coming years.” – Patrick O’Hearn, Executive Director, Cinefest; The Sudbury Film Festival Inc.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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

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Ontario Bringing Major Economic Development Opportunities to Sudbury Region

Posted on April 03, 2023

SUDBURY – The Ontario government is investing more than $11 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) in 20 economic development projects in the Sudbury region. This investment will create jobs, foster innovation, expand business operations, improve municipal infrastructure, and support film and TV productions.

“Through targeted investments, our government is building strong, resilient and prosperous communities and businesses here in the Sudbury region and across the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “By working together with our northern partners, we are keeping Northern Ontario competitive, current and innovative.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $2,000,000 for Raccoon HG Film Productions to produce, in Sudbury, the film Umbrella Chronicles
  • $1,999,800 for Cambrian College to build a state-of-the-art research and development facility on its Barry Downe Campus in Sudbury
  • $1,321,875 for Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) – an innovation and training facility in Sudbury – to purchase a battery electric vehicle, as well as to upgrade the centre to accommodate the new vehicle
  • $1,000,000 for Get'er Done Productions to produce, in Sudbury, season 7 of the television series Letterkenny
  • $728,433 for 1929995 Ontario Inc. in Sudbury to develop Plowbrush – a snowplowing system that reduces the amount of salt needed to clear roadways
  • $500,000 for Circle Blue Films to produce, in Sudbury, the film Café Daughter, as well as $500,000 to produce, in Sudbury, the film Orah
  • $400,000 for Amen Holdings and Consolidated Logistics, both in Sudbury, to purchase equipment and install additional railway track at their track facility
  • $400,000 for Barrydowne Animal Hospital in Sudbury to purchase a building, relocate, renovate and buy equipment
  • $391,785 for A&M Remediation – an industrial waste management company in Sudbury – to purchase equipment
  • $255,000 for Top Steel – a manufacturing and design firm in Val Caron – to purchase equipment
  • $250,000 for Rock-Tech – a mining equipment manufacturer in Lively – to develop an automated rockbreaker
  • $250,000 for Sofvie Inc. – a health and safety software company in Lively – to develop an industrial grade safety device worn as a sleeve
  • $222,150 for Sparrow Health – a medical technology business in Sudbury – to develop an online portal enabling patients to request prescription refills and for their physicians to process the requests
  • $158,538 to establish, in Val Caron, Rees Rail Services – a service contractor for the rail industry – and $400,000 for the company to purchase equipment
  • $104,140 for Chenier Drilling Services – a drilling services provider in Val Caron for the mining and mineral exploration industries – to purchase equipment
  • $79,936 for Bio-Mine Ltd. – a clean technology company in Sudbury – to develop a microbial system to be used for the degradation of plastic waste
  • $58,290 for FlashTheSloth Technology Inc. – a high-tech delivery service provider in Sudbury – to purchase equipment and software
  • $43,416 for 1000446681 Ontario Inc. (Ken Wilson) to produce, in Sudbury, season one of the animated television series Rabbit Girl.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $613 million in 5,214 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.94 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,240 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

Quotes

“NOHFC funding has allowed us to add two new positions in the job workforce, and purchase new machinery so we can produce our products in-house in Northern Ontario, rather than outsourcing to third-party producers in the South. With the support of the NOHFC, we have become much faster at producing our own products with complete accuracy and very little downtime, and have become very efficient by keeping all of our production in the North.” – Savy Bhardwaj, General Manager, Top Steel

“We are grateful for NOHFC’s support of our Advanced Analytics and Wearable Technology Project. The use of front-line data, artificial intelligence and machine learning is an important element in flagging common hazards and risks before they become a threat that can impact the ability of a person to return home safely.” – Gus Minor, Chief Innovation Officer, Sofvie Inc.

“Bio-Mine Ltd. is working on an innovative bioengineering process to transform plastic wastes into value-added products. The financial support from NOHFC will help catalyze the commercialization phase of this technology designed to eliminate these ‘forever’ chemical pollutants from the environment and contribute to a sustainable planet.” – Dr. Vasu Appanna, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Bio-Mine Ltd.

“The project funded by NOHFC assists small businesses in delivering the best possible service and online shopping experience to their customers while minimizing operational costs. The system is designed to handle all types of delivery orders, whether placed online or over the phone, without requiring businesses to engage professional services or build their own delivery teams.” – Yu Peng (Patrick) Lu, CEO, FlashTheSloth Technology Inc.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Strengthening Manufacturing Sector in Sault Ste. Marie

Posted on March 31, 2023

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario government is providing more than $200,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to two manufacturing companies in Sault Ste. Marie. This investment is creating employment, and expanding and modernizing business operations.

“Today’s investment will help create real opportunities through new highly skilled, good-paying jobs here in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. “This funding is contributing to our local, regional and provincial economies, and is a great example of our community being an important part of the integrated supply chain in the industrial manufacturing sector.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $118,483 for Steel Speed – an industrial maintenance and construction services company – to purchase equipment to increase its manufacturing capacity
  • $83,871 to establish Grunewald Machine Ltd. – a machining and fabrication services business.

“Supporting local companies as they develop and expand creates jobs, keeps the North competitive and current, and attracts new investment,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our provincial government funding is helping businesses thrive, leading to economic prosperity in our communities and providing real opportunities for northerners.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects – big and small, rural and urban – that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $613 million in 5,214 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.94 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,240 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 Resource

Quotes

“Steel Speed is a multi-discipline construction firm. The NOHFC grant was used towards the purchase of a new Ocean Avenger 40 CNC Beam Line for our structural fabrication facility, which directly contributed to the creation of four additional local full-time jobs. The backing from the Ontario government and NOHFC contributions to local manufacturing and trades have created a positive and noticeable impact for the Northern Ontario economy that will last for years to come.” – Chris Rollin, General Manager, Steel Speed

“We would like to thank NOHFC for believing in our business and providing the support to make our concept a reality. The funding has allowed us to purchase the necessary equipment and tooling to successfully operate a machine shop. Since receiving the funding, we have been able to provide 5 full-time and 3 part-time positions. Our machine shop is now equipped with a variety of machines and tools, including manual and CNC lathes and CNC milling machines. Investing in new technology has helped us to grow our business and provide quality work to our customers.” – Danae Grunewald, Co-Owner & Secretary, Grunewald Machine Ltd.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Fostering Business Development and Job Creation in Sault Ste. Marie

Posted on March 17, 2023

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario government is providing more than $189,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to three companies in Sault Ste. Marie. This investment is creating employment, and expanding and modernizing business operations.

“Today’s investments will help create real opportunities through new highly skilled, good-paying jobs here in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. “This funding will contribute to our local, regional and provincial economies and is a great example of our community being an important part of the integrated supply chain in the industrial manufacturing sector.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $104,135 for Superior Environmental & Mechanical Services Inc. – a septic system and industrial cleaning services company – to purchase equipment and renovate its facility
  • $66,586 for Soo Foundry & Machine Ltd. – a machining, fabrication and mechanical services company – to purchase equipment
  • $18,332 for Atlas Auto Parts – an automotive parts supplier – to purchase equipment and renovate its facility.

“Supporting local businesses as they expand creates jobs, keeps the North competitive and current, and attracts new investment,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our provincial government’s investments are helping businesses thrive, leading to economic prosperity in our communities and providing real opportunities for northerners.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects – big and small, rural and urban – that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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

Quotes

“NOHFC’s support in the purchase of capital equipment allows Northern Ontario companies to compete in a globally competitive market. Soo Foundry & Machine has seen significant growth in renewable energy services with the help of NOHFC funding.” – Robert Cohen, President, Soo Foundry & Machine Ltd.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Timiskaming–Cochrane

Posted on March 17, 2023

TIMISKAMING – The Ontario government is providing more than $944,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for 34 job placement opportunities in Timiskaming–Cochrane. This investment will help businesses expand operations and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce.

“The Ontario government is making targeted investments in Timiskaming–Cochrane to create real opportunities for diverse local talent to gain essential skills and build meaningful careers,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Together with our northern partners, we are creating highly skilled, good-paying jobs that will boost economic growth and prosperity in the North.”

Investments include:

  • $50,857 for the Corporation of the Township of Black River-Matheson to hire a Medical Recruiter to plan and implement a physician recruitment strategy and an Economic Development Assistant to assist with marketing, communications and updating the township’s economic development strategy
  • $37,544 for Northwood Recovery Clinics Inc. to hire a Registered Practical Nurse Intern to provide addiction treatment and mental health support services to patients
  • $35,000 for the Northern Policy Institute to hire a Big Data Analytics intern to identify potential private and public sources of alternative data to inform policymaking and allow deeper understanding of social and economic issues in northern communities
  • $16,760 for the Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance to hire a Marketing and Development Intern to assist with marking and project management and develop new projects related to crop production and niche agriculture

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

“Our government has removed barriers to participation so more businesses can provide on-the-job career development, address skilled labour shortages and create more opportunities for a broader range of interns, including more opportunities for Indigenous youth,” said Minister Rickford.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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

  • Download a listing of all internship projects related to this news release [XLS]

Quotes

“Agriculture is a major driver of economic activity in Northern Ontario, supporting over 7,835 jobs and contributing over $522 million in GDP to the provincial economy. The Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance (NOFIA) works to advance agriculture across Northern Ontario through applied agricultural research and innovation. Thanks to support from the Ontario government, NOFIA is able to continue supporting economic development across the industry.” – Yves Gauthier, President, Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance

“The NOHFC’s workforce development internship program is a real competitive advantage for organizations in Northern Ontario and a perfect complement to Northern Policy Institute’s summer student program, Experience North. We often use the summer program to identify and attract talent for lasting employment post-graduation.” – Charles Cirtwill, President & CEO, Northern Policy Institute

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Revitalizing Community Recreation Infrastructure in West Nipissing

Posted on March 17, 2023

WEST NIPISSING – The Ontario government is providing $567,500 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for two community enhancement projects in West Nipissing. This investment will expand access to recreational and community activities and improve quality of life for northerners.

“Our government is enhancing community infrastructure in West Nipissing to provide a higher quality of life for the residents that live here,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “We will continue to foster a strong future in our region by supporting economic growth and reaffirming the North as a great place to call home.

The Municipality of West Nipissing is receiving $500,000 in NOHFC funding to renovate an outdoor rink. The project includes pouring a new concrete base, replacing the boards, adding new lights and building a roof. The new facility will allow for year-round use with more options for sports and activities.

Centre Communautaire de Lavigne – a non-profit promoting recreational, athletic, and community pursuits – is receiving $67,500 in NOHFC funding to replace a septic holding tank in the village’s main community event hall, which will extend the lifespan and efficiency of the public facility.

“The Ontario government is investing in multi-use recreational facilities in West Nipissing that can be used for community-based events year-round,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “These spaces will attract residents from across the region and help create healthy and connected Northern communities.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 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.

Quotes

“It’s exciting to see this volunteer-led project move forward. I want to thank our provincial government for this significant contribution. Funding from NOHFC will allow us to support the efforts of our community volunteers, who have been fundraising for years to bring improvements to the outdoor rink. The addition of a roof, new rink surface, boards and lights will extend the life and use of this community gem for years to come.” –Kathleen Rochon, Mayor of West Nipissing.

“NOHFC funding is helping the community centre remain a pillar in Lavigne for recreation, culture, athleticism and community services. Ontario’s support helps ensure that this important infrastructure will continue to serve Lavigne and the surrounding area for many years to come.” - Daniel Corriveau, President, Lavigne Community Centre.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Kiiwetinoong and Mushkegowuk—James Bay Areas

Posted on March 16, 2023

KIIWETINOONG – The Ontario government is providing more than $453,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for 14 job placement opportunities in Kiiwetinoong and Mushkegowuk—James Bay. This investment will help businesses expand operations and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce.

“Our government is hard at work making targeted investments that support meaningful careers in Kiiwetinoong and Mushkegowuk—James Bay,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Together with our northern partners, we are creating real opportunites that will help businesses expand and boost economic growth and prosperity in the North.”

Investments include:

  • $65,001 for the Corporation of the Municipality of Red Lake to hire an Infrastructure Intern to gather and analyse GIS (global information system) data and a Recreation and Activities Programmer to develop, market and carry out creative and inclusive recreational, cultural and social activities and events for the community
  • $35,000 for Institut de Recherche InnovaNor to hire a Psychometrics and Administrative Assistant Intern to facilitate the assessment process, including administering tests and interpreting results, and provide administrative and financial management support
  • $35,000 for Smooth Rock Falls Hospital and Cochrane District Detox Centre to hire a Program Worker to oversee admission and discharge procedures, provide supportive counsel to residents and ensure proper documentation

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

“Our government has removed barriers to participation so more businesses can provide on-the-job career development, address skilled labour shortages and create more opportunities for a broader range of interns, including more opportunities for Indigenous youth,” said Minister Rickford.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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

  • Download a listing of all internship projects related to this news release [XLS]

Quotes

“We would like to thank the NOHFC program and Minister Rickford for investing and providing much-needed support for our community. Through this assistance, the Municipality of Red Lake was able to hire a Recreation and Activities Programmer, whose work has already enhanced participation rates for multiple organized events and activities. We truly thank NOHFC for providing these opportunities to our residents” – Fred Mota, Mayor, Municipality of Red Lake

“We are grateful for the opportinuty provided by the NOHFC internship program to hire a person with outstanding qualities and skills, who has brought new ideas to the team at Centre Labelle Center and advanced files that directly meet the needs of our organization and communities.” – Lyne Poliquin, mental health consultant, Centre Labelle Centre, Le Groupe InnovaNor

“The NOHFC internship program is an amazing initiative and opportunity to hire, develop and retain new talent. The Smooth Rock Falls Hospital-Cochrane District Detox Centre used funding from the NOHFC to provide job opportunities for new local graduates.” – Sonia T. Gravel, Executive Director, Hopital de Smooth Rock Falls Hospital

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Nurturing Creative Industries in Thunder Bay

Posted on March 14, 2023

THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $435,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to eight creative industries development projects in Thunder Bay. This investment will create jobs, expand company operations, and support film and music production in the Northwest.

“Our government continues to make targeted investments, which support economic development and growth right here in Thunder Bay,” said Kevin Holland, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development and MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan. “These investments demonstrate how, together with our northern partners, we are building strong, vibrant communities and creating real opportunities for the people who live and work in the North.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $119,000 for Shebafilms Studios to produce the feature film Mr. Noah And The Second Flood, and $28,256 to hire a 2D Animator and Character Designer Intern
  • $108,832 for Blueprints – an audio and music production company – to renovate its new studio and purchase equipment
  • $62,000 for Pastime Productions to produce the documentary A Sobering Story
  • $34,999 for Friends of the Finnish Labour Temple – a non-profit organization that celebrates and promotes the history and cultural legacy of Finnish immigration to Canada – to hire a Research TV intern, and $33,907 to hire a Graphics and Animation Intern
  • $24,124 and $24,038 for Shout Media – a full-service marketing agency – to hire two Graphic Designer Interns.

“Supporting internships and local businesses creates jobs, keeps the North competitive and current, and attracts new investment,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our government is helping companies thrive and fostering employment and skills development in the creative industries in Thunder Bay and across Northern Ontario.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects – big and small, rural and urban – that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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

Quotes

“NOHFC funding has provided us with the ability to build a production team in Thunder Bay to produce a variety of media projects that engage people with the history of the Lakehead. This team consists of a diverse group of young artists and historians who can follow their dreams in Thunder Bay instead of having to move out of Northern Ontario. NOHFC support in assisting us in providing meaningful opportunities to youth today will pay big dividends to our community for years to come.” – Kelly Saxberg, President, Shebafilms Studios

“On behalf of the entire A Sobering Story team, I would like to thank the NOHFC for believing in our project, and for the financial support. Our documentary aims to bring awareness to the substance use and mental health issues plaguing our area. Because of the assistance from the NOHFC, we will complete the film for distribution in a timely manner.” – Ryan La Via, Co-Producer and Director, Pastime Productions

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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

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Ontario Enhancing Infrastructure in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls

Posted on March 10, 2023

Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls – The Ontario government is providing $180,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls to upgrade the Nestor Falls Government Docks and build a new pavilion. This investment supports critical infrastructure upgrades and boosts business and recreational development in Northern Ontario.

“Our government is improving access to community resources for the many residents who have water-only access to their homes,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “These upgrades will keep this important infrastructure safe and functional and support the vibrant tourism industry in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls.”

The township will use part of the NOHFC funding to re-deck the existing docks and strengthen the docks’ connection with the crib system, which will reduce future maintenance costs. NOHFC funding will also help build a roofed pavilion nearby that will provide shelter from the elements for tourists, businesses and residents.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

“With tourism being our primary industry, the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls has faced considerable challenges over the past two years. With support from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, we have been making significant community enhancements like the Nestor Falls Docks to ensure that we are well positioned to meet the needs of our existing and future residents and grow our tourism economy. We are grateful for the Province’s support for projects that make an impact in our community.” – Gale Black, Mayor of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls

Quick Facts

  • Tourism is the main industry in Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, impacting over 80 per cent of local businesses. The community has over 60 customer service facilities offering a wide range of retail, hospitality, personal, financial and emergency services.
  • In 2021, 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.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Bringing Economic Development Opportunities to the Northwest

Posted on March 10, 2023

RED LAKE – The Ontario government is providing more than $1.8 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to nine economic development projects in Northwestern Ontario. This investment will create jobs, expand business operations and improve municipal infrastructure.

"Our government is making investments to ensure a high quality of life in communities across Northwestern Ontario," said Dave Smith, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Northern Development. "This funding is creating economic growth and prosperity opportunities for northerners."

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $975,000 for the Municipality of Sioux Lookout to upgrade a booster station and extend municipal services to the Bigwood Lake area, $67,636 to complete development studies for the Bigwood Lake area, plus $33,750 to update the municipal Economic Development Strategy
  • $273,075 for the Municipality of Red Lake to update existing exhibits and develop two new exhibits at the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre, and $38,797 to build an off-leash dog park
  • $270,000 for High Tech Industries – a timber harvesting company in Ear Falls – to purchase two harvesters, as well as $129,200 to purchase additional equipment
  • $20,526 for the Township of Ear Falls to develop a feasibility plan to increase broadband capacity throughout the community
  • $7,875 for the Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital to build the outdoor Fire Circle Gathering Area – a space for gathering and traditional healing practices.

“Through targeted investments, our government is building strong, resilient and prosperous communities and businesses in the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “By working together with our many northern partners, we are keeping Northwestern Ontario competitive and current.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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

Quotes

“NOHFC funding enabled the municipality to complete a number of studies, as well as upgrade our water pumping station and extend water service to support the development of the 63-acre Bigwood Lake property. This critical development will assist the municipality in attaining its goal of providing serviced lands for commercial growth and expansion.” – Doug Lawrance, Mayor, Municipality of Sioux Lookout

“A disaster rocked Red Lake’s heritage sector in 2019, and was quickly followed by fires, flooding and the COVID pandemic. With the assistance of the NOHFC, the Municipality of Red Lake has been able to turn a series of disasters into a positive project where renewal is key. The project has allowed the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre to create an inclusive and exciting series of exhibits that will help to reignite the tourism and culture industry within the Red Lake District.” – Trevor Osmond, Director, Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre

“The completion of the Broadband Feasibility Study helped determine the best way to increase broadband capacity to Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission standards, and the cost to do so. This will support business retention and attraction and enable businesses to fully participate in the digital economy.” – Kevin Kahoot, Mayor, Township of Ear Falls

“The Hospital Indigenous Patient Experience Working Group of the Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital and the Red Lake Friendship Centre collaborated on the development of the Fire Circle Gathering Area. The new area will provide a safe space for gathering and traditional healing practices at the hospital. We are grateful for the support of the NOHFC.” – Angela Bishop, Interim CEO, Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Algoma–Manitoulin

Posted on March 03, 2023

ALGOMA – The Ontario government is providing more than $582,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for 22 job placement opportunities in Algoma–Manitoulin. This investment will help businesses expand operations and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce.

“Our government is helping businesses create real opportunities for diverse local talent to gain essential skills and build careers right here in the North.” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Together with our northern partners, we are creating highly skilled, good-paying jobs that will boost economic growth in Algoma–Manitoulin.”

Investments include:

  • $35,000 for the Nimkii-Naabkawagan Family Crisis Shelter in Batchewana First Nation to hire a Crisis Support Worker to provide counselling and support integrated with traditional healing practices
  • $35,000 for the Algoma Veterinary Clinic Professional Corporation to hire a Veterinary Intern to increase operational capacity and provide specialized veterinary services in the region
  • $35,000 for the Corporation of the Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands to hire a Municipal Modernization Intern to develop new asset management, geographic information system (GIS) and route tracking software
  • $21,528 for Split Rail Brewing Company Inc. to hire a Marketing and Sales Intern to develop and lead the company’s marketing plan, establish cross-sector partnerships and assist with sales and distribution

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

“Our government has removed barriers to participation so more businesses can provide on-the-job career development, address skilled labour shortages and create more opportunities for a broader range of interns, including more opportunities for Indigenous youth,” said Minister Rickford.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • A list of all 22 Algoma–Manitoulin NOHFC internship program funding recipients is available on the corporation’s website.

Quotes

“The Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands is grateful for the financial support we received from NOHFC, which has allowed us to modernize and streamline our Asset Management and GIS processes, enhance our municipality’s technical skillsets and create a specialized employment opportunity in Northern Ontario. Thank you again for supporting our project and our community.” – Mayor Alan MacNevin, Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands

“New graduate veterinarians are in short supply and particularly difficult to recruit to rural mixed practices in Northern Ontario. NOHFC funding allowed us to offer a new veterinarian a competitive compensation package, provide mentorship and opportunities to expand skills and hopefully build a long-term partnership.” – Keith Good DVM, Managing Director, Algoma Veterinary Clinic

“Recruiting and retaining key team members is essential to small businesses. NOHFC support has enabled us to grow Split Rail’s workforce during challenging economic times. We are deeply appreciative of the existence and impact of this important program.” – Andy (Andrea) Smith, President, Split Rail Brewing Company Inc.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Investing in Modernizing Confederation College in Thunder Bay

Posted on February 17, 2023

THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is providing $447,750 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology in Thunder Bay to revitalize its main lecture theatre. This investment will help recruit and retain more students and stimulate the local economy.

“Our government is hard at work making targeted investments, which support economic development and growth right here in Thunder Bay,” said Kevin Holland, MPP for Thunder Bay—Atikokan. “This investment in the Confederation College Dibaajimogamig Lecture Theatre will ensure that generations to come have a place to grow, learn and realize their potential.”

Confederation College will use the NOHFC funding for infrastructure upgrades to Dibaajimogamig – the main lecture and performance hall on campus – including making it compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA); upgrading audio and visual equipment, which will support distance learning; creating a ‘smart classroom;’ and installing new seating. The project will feature a new inclusive design by Indigenous artists, reflecting the natural environment and Indigenous heritage of the region.

“Confederation College is incredibly appreciative of the Ontario government and NOHFC’s investment to support higher education in Thunder Bay,” said Confederation College president Kathleen Lynch. “Dibaajimogamig is truly a one-of-a-kind, modern and multifunctional learning space.”

“Our government is proud to support Confederation College as it enhances its ability to carry out learning in a modern, more technologically advanced environment,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “NOHFC funding is helping reduce barriers for distance learning and create a state-of-the-art learning facility for students in the region and beyond.”

“The support Ontario is providing will ensure students at Confederation College have access to modern and accessible learning tools and equipment so they can develop the skills needed to participate in the province’s economic future,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “This investment will allow the college to continue to deliver high-quality postsecondary education to students in an environment that also reflects important elements of Indigenous heritage.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • The Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology has operated since 1967 and has a significant economic impact on the City of Thunder Bay and the region, with an estimated $707.3 million direct impact on the local economy.
  • In 2021, 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.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Bringing Economic Development Opportunities to Sault Ste. Marie

Posted on February 16, 2023

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario government is providing more than $596,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to two Sault Ste. Marie companies. This investment will help create highly skilled jobs, increase operational capacity, efficiency and productivity, and stimulate economic development in the northeast.

“This investment totalling nearly $600,000 between SIS Manufacturing and Apex Cranes have leveraged well over $1 million and helped to create new full-time jobs here in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. “Local businesses like these contribute to our local, regional and provincial economies and are a great example of our community being an important part of the integrated supply chain in industrial manufacturing.”

NOHFC funding will go to the following projects:

  • $545,768 for SIS Manufacturing Corp. – a steel beam manufacturer – to purchase a new plasma cutting machine, laser tracking system and lathe
  • $50,810 for Apex Cranes Ltd. – a crane and concrete pumping services business – to purchase a new concrete pump.

“Supporting local companies creates jobs, attracts new investment and keeps the North competitive and current,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our funding helps businesses thrive and provides real opportunities for northern entrepreneurs.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 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 Invest North Program boosts economic growth and attracts more investment by supporting business development, expansion and innovation.

Quotes

“We want to thank MPP Romano, Minister Rickford, and the Ontario government for their continued support and investment into Northern Ontario businesses. This NOHFC investment has allowed us to purchase a new CNC lathe with live tooling, used to machine pivot pins, a major component on the under frame, and a laser tracking system that will allow us to weld ultra light locomotive frames. Through investments made by the NOHFC, SIS Manufacturing and other businesses across the North are able to grow and continue to contribute to the economic well-being of the province.” – Tony Porco, Owner and President, SIS Manufacturing Corp.

"Apex Cranes is grateful for NOHFC funding for our new Alliance 38M concrete pumper truck. The support of the NOHFC and Ontario government has been an integral component to the continued development of Apex Cranes and is a welcomed reassurance that the current government is committed to the ongoing development of small business, job creation, and the economy as a whole in Northern Ontario. The Apex Cranes family thanks you!" – Adam Zalewski, President, Apex Cranes Ltd.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Growing Agri-Food Sector in the North

Posted on February 15, 2023

SUDBURY – The Ontario government is providing more than $1.8 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to 10 agri-food projects in the North. This investment will boost local food production, create jobs and stimulate expansion and diversification in the northern agri-food sector.

“The agri-food industry continues to have a crucial role in supporting the health and prosperity of our northern communities,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our government is committed to expanding access to fresh, locally-produced food, and we are proud to help agri-food businesses become a cornerstone of the Northern Ontario economy.”

NOHFC funding will go to the following projects:

  • $645,400 for Thunder Bay Agricultural Research Association to install tile drainage on 1,168 acres, which will increase arable land and crop yields
  • $395,400 for Don Poulin Potatoes Inc. to boost their packing capacity, storage space and efficiency to meet the current market demand, help small farmers by providing warehouse access and supply larger markets in Sudbury
  • $200,000 for Marquee Farms to build a 3,200 sq. ft.- controlled environment agriculture facility in Sundridge and buy equipment to grow herbs and leafy greens sustainably year-round that will help address local demand and improve food safety, security and autonomy
  • $200,000 for Martin Agri Services to provide leading-edge equipment and field services currently unavailable on Manitoulin Island and improve on-farm production, efficiency and crop yield, while reducing the carbon footprint of the local agriculture sector
  • $193,638 to Borderlands Farm in Neebing to build the only wool mill of its kind in the North, construct a storage building and buy equipment to produce fresh lamb, wool products and garlic year-round
  • $131,130 to Milford Bay Trout Farm Inc. to build a new processing facility in Parry Sound, with equipment that will increase production capacity to meet high demand, supply new markets and develop unique smoked trout products
  • $30,130 for Lely Center Temiskaming – a robotic farming equipment retailer – to build their own facility and workshop for parts and repairs
  • $20,082 for Sweet North Bakery in Thunder Bay to expand production capacity by purchasing new equipment and renovating a newly leased property
  • $15,000 for Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance (NOFIA) to support the Northern Ontario Ag Conference 2023 in Sudbury
  • $11,709 for Eat The Fish – a wild-caught fish processor in Shuniah – for new equipment and interior upgrades that will expand efficiency and processing volume through automation.

“Northern Ontario’s economy has benefitted mining and forestry and we are proactively seeking out opportunities to bring agriculture back as an economic driver as well,” said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Strategic investments such as these will help the agri-food sector strengthen its roots in the North. This is just one of many actions our government has taken to expand our sector’s opportunities to grow, innovate and find new markets.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, 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

Quotes

“With NOHFC’s support, we can purchase the equipment and supplies needed to improve the viability and efficiency of our farm and launch a new wool venture that will enhance our sheep operation and provide a service to other farmers and producers in Northwestern Ontario who currently have to ship their fibre out of the region for processing,” said Bryan Barlow of Borderlands Farm. “This initiative is only possible because of NOHFC’s funding, and we are grateful for their support to date.”

“NOHFC’s support is helping us purchase specialized equipment that will increase fish processing efficiency, refrigeration capacity, raw material utilization and fish processing volume,” said Paul Drombolis, Owner of Eat the Fish. “The automation of filleting operations will also allow more fish to be purchased from regional harvesters, which will improve our competitiveness, create jobs in processing and improve consumer access to regionally sourced wild fish.”

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Bringing Economic Development Opportunities to Timmins

Posted on February 14, 2023

TIMMINS – The Ontario government is providing more than $570,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to three companies in Timmins to support business development and expansion. This investment will create jobs, increase operational capacity, efficiency and productivity, and further economic prosperity in the northeast.

“Supporting local businesses in the area like Industrial Rigging & Supply, The Bucket Shop and Focused Vision will help continue to build our community as a major economic hub,” said George Pirie, MPP for Timmins.

The NOHFC is funding the following projects in Timmins:

  • $251,500 for The Bucket Shop Inc. – a heavy equipment manufacturing and refurbishing business – to build a new assembly area and purchase a water jet cutting table
  • $202,800 for Global Industrial Rigging & Supply Inc. – a manufacturer of wire rope slings, wire rope assemblies and chain assemblies – to purchase and renovate a building and buy equipment
  • $115,970 for Focused Vision - The Glasses Experts Inc. to establish an optical business that includes a manufacturing lab and optometrist office and caters to low-income customers needing affordable eyewear.

“Supporting local businesses as they expand helps create jobs, keeps the North competitive and attracts new investment,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “This funding is helping companies thrive, leading to economic diversification and providing real opportunities for employment in Timmins.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • 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

Quotes

“The financial assistance received from the Ontario government will help expand our operation with additional equipment and facility upgrades necessary for us to continue supporting the increased demands for our services. Additionally, the role that MPP George Pirie has played in raising the profile of the mining sector, has firmly established Timmins as a prominent hub. The NOHFC contribution to our expansion will support the long-term prosperity of the sector.” – Jamie Pouw, Market Development Manager, The Bucket Shop Inc.

“We are thankful to the NOHFC for its funding support of our company, Industrial Rigging and Supply. Thanks to this funding, we are now able to bring state-of-the-art equipment, innovative services and expertise not currently addressed in the Timmins market. These investments will have a positive impact for the local industry for many years to come.” – Rob Dumouchel, President, Global Industrial Rigging & Supply Inc.

“Thank you to the NOHFC and Ontario government for the support received. This funding will help with the construction of our store and purchase of equipment to expand our business.” – Kristen Filion, Owner and Manager, Focused Vision - The Glasses Experts Inc.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Strengthening Community Development in Greenstone

Posted on February 13, 2023

GREENSTONE – The Ontario government is providing more than $3.1 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for four Greenstone community enhancement projects. This investment supports important infrastructure upgrades and boosts business and recreational development in Northwestern Ontario.

“Our government is committed to revitalizing community infrastructure here in Greenstone and across the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “We are focused on keeping our northern communities relevant and current, making them attractive places to live, work, play and do business.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $2 million for the Municipality of Greenstone to upgrade its wastewater system and extend this service south of Little Longlac Bridge for commercial and industrial development along the Highway 11 corridor
  • $633,600 for the Municipality of Greenstone to rehabilitate Longlac Sportsplex, a facility with an ice rink and four curling sheets
  • $500,000 for the Municipality of Greenstone to refurbish the pier and boat launch at Polar Lodge Park
  • $16,445 for the Kenogamisis Recreation Corporation to revamp the Kenogamisis Golf Club’s public golf course and clubhouse in Geraldton.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Fact

  • In 2021, 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.
  • The NOHFC’s Community Enhancement Program builds strong and resilient northern communities through targeted investments in critical infrastructure.

Additional Resources

Quotes

“We would like to thank the Ontario government for investing and providing much needed support for our community. Through the assistance provided by NOHFC, the Municipality of Greenstone is able to proceed with the rehabilitation at Poplar Lodge Park and the Longlac Sportsplex, along with expanding our municipal infrastructure in Geraldton. Without this investment, these projects would not be possible." – Jamie McPherson, Mayor, Municipality of Greenstone

“The Kenogamisis Recreation Corporation would like to thank NOHFC for its financial support towards our clubhouse. Through the Community Enhancement Program, we were able to repair, improve and make accessible the use of the facility and update our kitchen area. Thanks to NOHFC and their support, we have made a very good start on the upgrades the board has identified for our clubhouse.” – Pina Luomala, Board Member, Kenogamisis Golf Club

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Strengthening Tech Sector in Sault Ste. Marie

Posted on February 10, 2023

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario government is providing more than $327,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to two tech companies in Sault Ste. Marie. This investment will help create highly skilled jobs, expand business operations and stimulate economic development and diversification in the region.

“Today’s investment of over $327,000 is supporting the creation of 40 jobs and a competitive and innovative tech sector in Northern Ontario,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. “With this funding, we are investing in Sault Ste. Marie’s future and ensuring its economy continues to grow and diversify."

The following projects are receiving NOHFC funding:

  • $200,000 for Cygnus Technology Group Inc. to develop a digital hub that provides secure data hosting and IT support services for local businesses
  • $127,176 for Village Media Inc. – an online community media company – to purchase equipment and renovate office space.

“Supporting local tech companies creates jobs, attracts new investment and keeps the North competitive and current,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our investments help businesses thrive and provide real opportunities for northerners.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Fact

  • In 2021, 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

Quotes

“Thank you to the NOHFC for its support. Cygnus provides Northern Ontario boutique data centre services to clients embarking on their digital transformation journey to cloud and hosted business computing models. In addition, Cygnus provides consulting services including business process automation, data storage and isolation, complimented with a full suite of cyber security services.” – Don Bruni, President, Cygnus Technology Group Inc.

“We appreciate the support from the NOHFC through its Invest North Program. The funds have been utilized to upgrade our infrastructure and facilities, which have supported the addition of over 20 staff. Village Media now employs approximately 140 people, almost all of which are located in Ontario. Village Media now operates 30 news publications throughout Canada and the U.S., and provides its proprietary in-house software to over 50 other news publishers worldwide.” – Jeff Elgie, CEO, Village Media Inc.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Helping Modernize Redditt Fire Hall

Posted on February 09, 2023

KENORA – The Ontario government is providing $180,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Local Services Board of Redditt to refurbish the Redditt Fire Hall and provide a safer workplace for the fire department.

“A modern, well-functioning fire hall is key to helping firefighters provide first-rate emergency response services,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “NOHFC funding will increase the efficiency and service life of the fire hall and support the safety and well-being of our northern communities.”

The Local Services Board of Redditt will use NOHFC funding to modernize the fire hall and make workplace safety updates, which include building an office, refurbishing the washroom, renovating the roof and truck bays, and improving interior and exterior lighting. These enhancements will extend the useful life of a critical piece of infrastructure for Redditt.

“The Redditt Fire Department is pleased to have received this grant from the Northern Ontario Heritage Foundation Corporation. It will allow our community to refurbish and upgrade our Fire Hall which will extend its service life and increase efficiencies to the operations of our fire department,” said Richard Hunt, Redditt Fire Chief. “We thank the Ontario government and Minister Rickford for their support of our fire department and the community of Redditt."

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, 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.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Enhancing Recreational Opportunities in Rainy River District

Posted on February 07, 2023

FORT FRANCES – The Ontario government is providing $615,250 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for two Rainy River District community enhancement projects. This investment will support important infrastructure upgrades and expand access to recreational activities in Northwestern Ontario.

“Our government is committed to revitalizing community infrastructure in the northwest,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “We are focused on keeping our northern communities relevant and current, making them attractive places to live, work, play and do business.”

The Town of Fort Frances is receiving $499,000 in NOHFC funding to refurbish Legion Park, a popular family-friendly outdoor green space. The refurbishment project includes building a splash pad, installing a new playground and park lighting, and providing accessible walkways and washrooms.

The Rainy River Future Development Corporation is receiving $116,250 in NOHFC funding to purchase a new canopy for its events tent. The tent is used for various events, such as the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, Rainy River Pumpkin Festival, and Emo Canada Day celebrations. This funding will also be used to build a storage shed for the tent and other equipment.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects – big and small, rural and urban – that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Fact

  • In 2021, 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.

Quotes

“The funding from the NOHFC is not only a significant and much need boost toward meeting our fundraising goal, but also a huge step forward in our long-term plans for the rehabilitation of Legion Park. This funding is a contribution toward the 3000-square-foot splash pad, new accessible washroom facilities, new play structures and other amenities to make this park a welcoming space for the whole family.” – Travis Rob, Operations & Facilities Manager, Town of Fort Frances

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Rainy River Future Development Corporation, I would like to thank the NOHFC for its support of community events in the district. These events bring much needed tourism dollars to the community and stimulate local investment. Our new tent and storage shed will go a long way in allowing these events to put on a professional face.” – Gordon Armstrong, President, Rainy River Future Development Corporation

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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More Lights, Camera and Action in Nipissing District

Posted on February 03, 2023

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $3 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to eight Nipissing District film and television productions. This investment will help create industry jobs, showcase northern talent and increase the quality of films and TV series produced in Northern Ontario.

"With these investments, we are contributing to the region's reputation as a top film and TV production centre in Canada," said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. "Our government is committed to strengthening this growing local industry because these investments create jobs, develop homegrown talent and support other businesses in the area.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $500,000 for Be Mine Productions to produce the Hallmark film I’m Glad It’s Christmas, in North Bay
  • $500,000 for HP Drive In Productions Inc. to produce the Hallmark film Christmas Drive-in, in North Bay
  • $500,000 for HP Into Winter Productions Inc. to produce the holiday movie Fall Into Winter, in North Bay
  • $500,000 for Love Song H22D Inc. to produce the made-for-TV movie Writing A Love Song, in North Bay
  • $500,000 for Motel WFTBU Inc. to produce the feature film We Forgot To Break Up, in North Bay
  • $440,238 for Whimper Productions Inc. to produce the feature film Civil, in North Bay
  • $280,000 for New Tang Dynasty Television to produce the two-episode television series The Royal Welch Chen Jones, in North Bay
  • $150,000 for The Time We Met Productions Inc. to produce the feature film Mockingbird, in Whitney.

“Through targeted investments, we are putting a spotlight on Northern Ontario’s film and television industry,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “It is a priority for our government to continue to strengthen this vital sector in our northern communities.”

“Some of Ontario’s most breathtaking landscapes are in Nipissing District,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “With this investment, our government is attracting more film and television projects that showcase the beauty of this region on the world stage, while also creating jobs and boosting both provincial and local economies.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, 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.
  • The NOHFC’s Cultural Supports Program showcases Northern Ontario culture, geography and talent through event partnerships and support for the production of films and TV series.

Additional Resources

Quotes

“We are pleased to be in partnership with the NOHFC on Writing A Love Song. Their support and the tremendous crews in the north allow us to bring the creative on this film to its fullest potential.” – Jesse Ikeman, Producer of Writing A Love Song

“The NOHFC has been a collaborative production partner and an overall asset to the We Forgot To Break Up production phase. Shooting in North Bay with northern crew and vendors went smoothly.” – Nicole Hilliard-Forde, Producer of We Forgot To Break Up

“The NOHFC has created a wonderful platform to allow indie filmmakers the opportunity to tell their unique stories with amazing film infrastructure and beautiful landscapes to support their vision. For this reason, our film Civil was fortunate enough to have some of the best crews, locations, resources and talent all be part of our team and bring this beautiful and diverse story to life. Northern Ontario truly is the Hollywood of the north, and we are excited to return in the future with our next film.” – Yas Taalat, Producer of Civil

“Northern Ontario has become for our movie and television production company the new gateway to Canadian multiculturalism. Northerners are welcoming, bilingual, enthusiastic and incredibly hardworking. In North Bay, we’ve had the opportunity to work with local cast and crew who hail from all parts of the globe who have brought skills and expertise that fashion a fantastic product.” – Joel Etienne, Director of The Royal Welch Chen Jones

“Mockingbird, quite simply, could not have been made without the support of the NOHFC. The gorgeous scenery of Algonquin Park is essentially a key character in our film, and we can’t wait for the world to see this beautiful, remote corner of Northern Ontario up on the big screen." – Jonas Chernick, Actor, Writer and Producer of Mockingbird

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Thunder Bay

Posted on February 02, 2023

THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is providing $255,752 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for eight job placement opportunities in Thunder Bay. This investment will help strengthen and develop Northern Ontario’s health sciences sector workforce.

“Our government is hard at work making targeted investments that support economic development and growth right here in Thunder Bay,” said Kevin Holland, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan. “These investments demonstrate how, together with our northern partners, we are building strong, vibrant communities and creating real opportunities for the people who live in the North.”

The NOHFC is funding the following internships:

  • $140,000 for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre to hire four Research Assistant Interns and $10,752 to hire a Human Resources Intern
  • $105,000 for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute to hire three Research Assistant Interns.

“Our Ontario-wide health care system is a partnership in its truest form, and with this support from our partners at the NOHFC and Ontario government we can strengthen and develop talent right here in Northwestern Ontario," said Dr. Rhonda Crocker Ellacott, President and CEO of Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and CEO of Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute. "Our interns are working with world-class researchers on innovative technology and clinical research that can directly have a positive impact on people and patient care. I’d like to thank everyone involved for helping make this happen."

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

“We are helping people find opportunities to gain hands-on experience and build rewarding careers here in Northern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our investment helps connect health research facilities to talented individuals, securing highly skilled, good-paying jobs.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, 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

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Fostering Business Expansion in the Timmins Region

Posted on February 01, 2023

TIMMINS – The Ontario government is providing more than $440,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to two companies in the Timmins region to support business expansion and development. This investment will help create jobs, increase operational capacity and boost economic growth in northeastern Ontario.

“Supporting businesses in the area like Missinaibi Drilling Services Ltd. and Robert Rubino Trucking Ltd. will help build a stronger, more resilient and prosperous community,” said George Pirie, MPP for Timmins.

Robert Rubino Trucking Ltd. specializes in industrial hauling and float services. The company will use NOHFC funding of $283,953 to expand its facility and trucking fleet, which will increase service and repair capacity, reduce backlog downtime and get trucks back on the road faster. The expansion will increase local natural resource transport capacity, including for the local mining sector.

Missinaibi Drilling Services Ltd. provides drilling services to the mining industry. It will use NOHFC funding of $156,379 to purchase another custom drill rig and several other major pieces of equipment, which will help the company meet contracts held with several mining companies.

“Our government is helping northern Ontario thrive and stay competitive with funding for local businesses that will bring direct economic benefits to the Timmins region and the north, said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “NOHFC funding is increasing service capacity for our local mining and mineral sector, which will boost spending to local businesses and create new full-time jobs.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, 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.
  • The acquisition of Missinaibi Drilling Services Ltd.’s first drill and other necessary pieces of equipment was accomplished with the assistance of a grant of $200,000 from the NOHFC in 2019.

Additional Resources

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

Quotes

“Financial assistance provided by the Ontario government will help improve the quality and efficiency of our existing trucking services and expand our transport capacity for the sectors that we serve,” said Robert Rubino, Robert Rubino Trucking Ltd.

This NOHFC funding that is towards the purchase of additional drilling equipment will help our team continue to thoroughly execute drilling projects safely and on time,” said René Turgeon, Missinaibi Drilling Services Ltd.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Thunder Bay

Posted on January 30, 2023

THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $68,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to Female Boarder Coalition in Thunder Bay for two internship opportunities at the Cinema 5 Skatepark. This investment will help strengthen and develop northern Ontario’s workforce.

“Our government is hard at work making targeted investments that support economic development and growth right here in Thunder Bay,” said Kevin Holland, MPP for Thunder Bay—Atikokan. “These investments demonstrate how, together with our northern partners, we are building strong, vibrant communities and creating real opportunities for the people who live in the north.”

Female Boarder Coalition provides a safe and inclusive space for skateboarding in Thunder Bay, with dedicated programs for people who identify as female, non-binary and 2SLGBTQQIA+. The not-for-profit corporation will use NOHFC funding of $68,890 to hire a:

  • Park Project Officer to manage daily operations of the Cinema 5 Skatepark and shop;
  • Project Co-ordination Officer to develop and implement skatepark programs such as after-school programs, professional development days and winter/summer camps.

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

“With the support of the NOHFC People and Talent Program Workforce Development Stream, the Female Boarder Coalition and Cinema 5 Skatepark will be able to provide important skills and training for two intern positions that will build valuable and transferable skills to the workforce and help us fulfill our mission,” said Vanessa Bowles, Founder and Executive Director of the Female Boarder Coalition. “The community will benefit from the impact these positions will have on the youth who are accessing the indoor skatepark and our programs.”

“Our government is helping more northern Ontario businesses provide on-the-job career development,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “NOHFC funding is helping address skilled labour shortages and creating new opportunities for diverse local talent.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • The construction of the Cinema 5 Skatepark, an indoor skatepark offering year-round skateboard and snowboard programs to all Thunder Bay residents, was accomplished with the assistance of a grant of $58,253 from the NOHFC in 2022.
  • In 2021, 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

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Fostering Business Innovation and Expansion in Sault Ste. Marie

Posted on January 27, 2023

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario government is providing more than $112,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to SK Group Inc. in Sault Ste. Marie to support business expansion and development. This investment will help create jobs, increase operational capacity and boost economic growth in the north.

“SK Group has been serving our community for more that 30 years. I am pleased to announce that NOHFC has provided $112, 672 in funding for the purchase of equipment that will help expand their business and create new full-time positions,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie.

SK Group Inc. is a manufacturing company specializing in promotional branding solutions, with products and services including imprintable wearables and printing for signs, banners and decals. The company will use NOHFC funding of $112,672 to purchase a new direct-to-garment (DTG) printer that will enhance production capabilities, decrease production timelines and keep up with increased demand.

“The funding received from the NOHFC has allowed us to expand our apparel decoration offerings to include an exciting new technology known as direct-to-garment printing that allows us to print full colour images on apparel while significantly reducing our environmental impact. DTG printing uses water based inks and eliminates the waste by-products of traditionally screen-printed and heat-pressed vinyl graphics,” said Sherry Berlinghoff, SK Group Inc., President. “DTG printing will shorten our turnaround times, provide greater design flexibility and an eco-friendly alternative for apparel printing.”

“Supporting local businesses as they expand and innovate helps create jobs, keeps the north competitive and attracts new investment,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “NOHFC funding is helping bring in new equipment and technology to northern Ontario, leading to economic diversification and creating new employment opportunities in Sault Ste. Marie.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $608 million in 5,070 projects in northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.93 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 8,100 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, 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 Invest North Program boosts economic growth and attracts more investment by supporting business development, expansion and innovation.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Bringing Economic Opportunities to the Northeast

Posted on January 12, 2023

TIMMINS – The Ontario government is providing more than $4 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to 13 economic development projects in the northeast. This investment will help create jobs, expand company operations and improve quality of life for northerners.

“Supporting community and businesses development creates jobs, keeps the north competitive and attracts new investment,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our government is helping companies and communities thrive, and providing real opportunities in Northeastern Ontario.”

The NOHFC is funding the following projects:

  • $1,238,675 for L’Université de Hearst – Ontario’s first Francophone university – to modernize and add teaching space to its Hearst Campus
  • $500,000 for the Town of Kapuskasing to refurbish the exterior of the Kapuskasing Civic Centre
  • $400,000 for Lecours Lumber Co. Limited – a softwood lumber manufacturer in Calstock – to purchase equipment
  • $400,000 for Pineland Contracting – a wood supply and services company in Moonbeam – to purchase equipment
  • $341,960 for DCS Services LP – a mine site services and maintenance company in Cochrane – to purchase equipment
  • $300,000 for Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa – a resort in Timmins – to build additional accommodations and purchase equipment
  • $256,400 for Maurice Welding – a custom steel fabrication shop in Kapuskasing – to purchase and renovate the building it is currently leasing, as well as $98,352 to purchase equipment
  • $200,000 for the Township of Fauquier-Strickland to refurbish the exterior of the Fauquier-Strickland Community Centre
  • $151,351 for Moonbeam Machine Shop & Welding to expand its facility and purchase equipment
  • $120,541 for Northern Truss – a wood products manufacturer in Moonbeam – to construct a new building and purchase a truck
  • $81,000 for the Local Services Board of Hallebourg to renovate the Hallebourg Community Centre
  • $35,706 for Attawapiskat Pharmacy Inc. to establish a community pharmacy in Attawapiskat First Nation.“Our government is investing $4 million in projects and businesses across the northeast to build Northern Ontario’s economy,” said George Pirie, MPP for Timmins. “This investment includes $300,000 for Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa in my home riding of Timmins for equipment upgrades that will ensure they can continue to provide the wilderness and relaxation experiences that Cedar Meadows is renowned for."

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $580 million in 4,997 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,900 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, 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

Quotes

"The building we want to renovate was built in 1958. 65 years later, our classrooms are too small, not numerous enough, and not well adapted in terms of technology. NOHFC's funding contribution comes at the perfect time for us to modernize our Hearst Campus and continue our growth in and for Northern Ontario." – Luc Bussières, President, Université de Hearst

“NOHFC’s programs are instrumental for the development of the economy in Northern Ontario. Our project is one example what can be accomplished when the Ontario government gets involved. We will continue to expand our business and employ more people so we can attract more visitors to the north. We are forever grateful.” – Richard Lafleur, President, Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa

“The Local Services Board of Hallebourg would like to thank NOHFC for its financial support for our small community. With these funds, we were able to repair, improve and make accessible our community hall, as well as purchase new play structures to improve our community park for our young, growing families. Without Ontario government support, we would not have been able to do all these renovations in a single year.” – Gaëtane Hébert, Chair, Local Services Board of Hallebourg

“Because of NOHFC support, the dream came true. Attawapiskat community members now have access to a full services pharmacy. We would like to express our gratitude to the Ontario government.’ – Mohammed Goda, Owner and Manager, Attawapiskat Pharmacy Inc.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Bringing Economic and Job Training Opportunities to Atikokan

Posted on December 21, 2022

Ontario Bringing Economic and Job Training Opportunities
to Atikokan

Provincial investment supporting business growth and skills development

NEWS

December 21, 2022

ATIKOKAN – The Ontario government is providing more than $706,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to six business development projects in Atikokan. This investment will help create jobs and expand company operations in the northwest.

The following projects are receiving NOHFC funding:

  • $539,773 for BioPower Sustainable Energy Corporation – a manufacturer of commercial and residential grade wood pellets – to purchase new equipment to diversify its product offerings, increase its production capacity and expand its market presence into the United States and Italy
  • $66,664 for Branch’s Seine River Lodge Outfitters – a hunting and fishing lodge – to upgrade and winterize its facilities and purchase new equipment
  • $35,000 for the Atikokan General Hospital to hire a Rehabilitation Aide Intern
  • $35,000 for the Museum of Atikokan to hire a Curatorial and Archivist Assistant Intern
  • $26,312 for Caron's Auto – a car repair shop – to hire an Automotive Mechanic Apprentice
  • $3,620 for Beaten Path Nordic Trails – a non-profit cross-country ski club that operates 30 kilometers of trails connecting Atikokan to Quetico Provincial Park – to purchase a mechanical brusher for the maintenance of the trail system.

“Supporting internships and local businesses will help create jobs, keep the north competitive and attract new investment,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our government is helping companies thrive and providing real opportunities for employment in Atikokan.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, 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

Quotes

“The NOHFC has been instrumental in reducing the rehabilitation waitlist for Atikokan. The funding that Atikokan General Hospital received was used to hire a Rehabilitation Aide Intern. This intern support increased mobility programs for our long-term care residents and alternate level of care patients. The hospital is extremely grateful for this support, which directly impacted the quality of care for Atikokan and surrounding communities. Thank you!" – Jorge VanSlyke, President and CEO, Atikokan General Hospital

“The NOHFC’s internship program is invaluable to the modernization of the museum operation, helping transform the management of the museum from the slow and difficult years of paper records to digital records. The museum collection was established 50 years ago, so there is a massive amount of work in the digitization effort. The Curatorial and Archivist Assistant Intern is benefiting from practical, hands-on experience and has brought skills, interests and talents that serve them well in their work.” – Lois Fenton, Curator, Museum of Atikokan

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Media Contacts

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Ontario Growing Agriculture Sector in Rainy River District

Posted on December 20, 2022

EMO – The Ontario government is providing $1 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Rainy River Future Development Corporation (RRFDC) to administer a tile drainage installation project in the Rainy River District. This investment will create jobs, improve crop yields and stimulate economic development in the northwest.

“Our provincial government recognizes the importance and significance of farmers to the north’s economic prosperity,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “We are proud to invest in tile drainage projects that lead to quality arable land, a longer growing season and larger, healthier crops.”

The RRFDC is a membership-driven, community-based non-profit corporation that assists with business development throughout the Rainy River District by offering a variety of services to the community. It will use NOHFC funding to support the installation of tile drainage on approximately 1,900 acres, benefitting a consortium of 14 local producers.

Installing tile drainage is a common land improvement practice among farmers in Ontario. It is highly effective at creating more consistent crop yields and promoting a longer growing season, while reducing plant stress, soil erosion, and wear and tear on equipment.

“The RRFDC is pleased with the NOHFC's continued support of the Rainy River District's agricultural community,” said Gordon Armstrong, President, RRFDC. “The tile drainage projects have improved our crop lands, created employment and expanded the area's economy."

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • Tile drainage is the installation of corrugated plastic tubing and concrete drain tile beneath the surface of agricultural land to drain excess water from the crop root zone.
  • The NOHFC has invested more than $17.3 million in 21 tile drainage projects across Northern Ontario since June 2018. This funding has leveraged an additional $16.1 million in economic activity, resulting in total agricultural improvements on more than 30,000 acres.
  • In 2021, 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 Invest North Program boosts economic growth and attracts more investment by supporting business development, expansion and innovation.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Promoting Healthy Active Lifestyle in Dryden

Posted on December 19, 2022

DRYDEN – The Ontario government is providing $200,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Dryden Ski Club to upgrade the local ski hill and chalet. This investment is developing community recreational infrastructure, supporting social connections and improving quality of life for northerners.

“Our government is focused on investing in communities and creating vibrant recreational facilities that promote health and improve wellness,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “The Dryden Ski Club provides inclusive activities and programming for all ages and abilities, and today’s investment will only enhance the club’s offerings.”

The Dryden Ski Club is a non-profit that operates the local ski hill and chalet, maintaining trails for snowboarding, snowshoeing, skijoring, kick-sledding, cross-country and alpine skiing in the winter, as well as for hiking, biking and dog-walking in the spring, summer and fall.

The club will use NOHFC funding to refurbish the ski hill and chalet. Key upgrades to the chalet include expanding the outdoor patio, installing new windows and LED lighting, updating the washrooms, and purchasing interior furnishings and a speaker system. Key upgrades to the ski hill include installing LED lighting for improved night skiing, and landscaping the runs.

The project will extend the club’s use of the facilities into the off-season, allowing for new venue rental opportunities and increasing the social and recreational opportunities for community members and tourists alike.

“The Dryden Ski Club is incredibly grateful for the funding received through the NOHFC,” said Bev Churchill, President, Dryden Ski Club. “We have seen an unprecedented growth in membership and use over the past three years, particularly in the number of youths who use our facilities. Without this support from the Ontario government, we would not be able to modernize and grow.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, 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

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Nipissing

Posted on December 19, 2022

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $1.5 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for 53 job placement opportunities in Nipissing. This investment will help strengthen and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce.

“By providing financial assistance for businesses to hire interns, our government is helping strengthen Nipissing’s workforce,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “Through the province’s Open for Business strategy, we are making Northern Ontario more attractive to investors, entrepreneurs and job creators.”

Investments include:

  • $67,292 for Northland Glass & Metal to hire two Project Manager intern
  • $64,762 for Drillco Mining and Exploration to hire a Mechanical Engineer Intern and an Inventory Manager and Purchasing Agent Intern
  • $63,471 for One Red Maple to hire a Business Development Intern and a Junior Software Developer Intern
  • $54,941 for Critchley Hill Architecture to hire two Architect Interns
  • $20,649 for Jackman’s to hire a Florist Intern.

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

“We are helping northerners find new opportunities to gain hands-on experience to build careers right here at home in Northern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our investment helps connect businesses to local, talented young people and job seekers, securing highly skilled, good-paying jobs. Our government has removed barriers to participation so more businesses can provide on-the-job career development, address skilled labour shortages and create more opportunities for a broader range of interns, including more opportunities for Indigenous people.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, 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.
  • A list of all 53 Nipissing NOHFC internship program funding recipients is available on the corporation’s website.

Additional Resources

Quotes

“The NOHFC People and Talent Program has assisted our organization by allowing for continued growth. We have filled required positions with exceptional talent recruited from Northern Ontario. This has provided a competitive edge in our industry and assisted Northland Glass & Metal with continued success.” – Michael Valenti, President, Northland Glass & Metal

“We are pleased to report that Drillco Mining and Exploration continues to grow. NOHFC’s internship program helps Drillco source, hire and retain local talent that develops into value-added, permanent team members.” – Sylvain Brisson, President, Drillco Mining and Exploration

“The NOHFC intern program is a wonderful program that allows businesses such as ours to develop new talent. One Red Maple used the intern funding to provide job opportunities to new graduates and there is no better place to learn your craft than in a start-up.” – Mark Sherry, President, One Red Maple

“Without question, the two internship positions granted by the NOHFC to Critchley Hill Architecture shaped the future success and growth of the firm. Both of these young aspiring professionals will become registered with their respective organizations within two years and the NOHFC can share the credit of facilitating the growth of these outstanding young people.” – Ian Hill, Principal Architect, Critchley Hill Architecture

“The NOHFC internship program has made it possible for us to bring a new person into our industry and train them. With their help strengthening our team, Jackman’s has been able to keep up with all our holiday floral orders.” – Erin Pond, Owner, Jackman’s

Media Contacts

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Ontario Promoting Safe Inclusive Skateboarding Environment in Thunder Bay

Posted on December 17, 2022

THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is providing $58,253 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Female Boarder Coalition to build a safe and inclusive space for skateboarding in Thunder Bay. This investment is developing community recreational infrastructure, supporting social connections and improving quality of life for northerners.

“Our government is hard at work making targeted investments that support economic development and growth right here in Thunder Bay,” said Kevin Holland, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan. “These investments demonstrate how, together with our northern partners, we are building strong, vibrant communities and creating real opportunities for the people who live in the north.”

The Female Boarder Coalition is a non-profit that aims to break down barriers in skateboarding and snowboarding with dedicated programs for people who identify as female, non-binary and 2SLGBTQQIA+. The coalition will use NOHFC funding to turn the old Cumberland Cinema into an indoor skateboard park.

The park will allow the coalition to offer year-round skateboard and snowboard programs to all Thunder Bay area residents, as well as partner with local community and Indigenous groups and initiatives such as the Rainbow Collective, Fort William First Nation Youth Centre, and City of Thunder Bay Youth Inclusion Program.

“The construction of the skatepark would not have come together without the support of the province and NOHFC funding,” said Vanessa Bowles, Executive Director, Female Boarder Coalition. “This funding has helped us create a year-round safe space for all, with the intention of breaking cycles of poverty and addiction while promoting healthy active lifestyles. The impact is already being felt by the community and supporting positive change.”

“Our government is focused on investing in communities and creating vibrant recreational facilities that promote physical health and mental wellness,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “The Female Boarder Coalition is creating an incredible safe and inclusive space for all to have fun and meet others interested in skateboarding and snowboarding.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, 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 investments in important infrastructure projects.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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

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Ontario Fostering Business Innovation and Expansion in North Bay

Posted on December 16, 2022

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing more than $1.8 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to three companies in North Bay to support business expansion and the research, development and commercialization of new and innovative technologies. This investment will help create jobs, diversify product and service offerings and boost economic growth in the northeast.

“Our government continues to foster a strong future in the north by supporting economic growth and job creation,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “These businesses play a critical role in the northern economy, supporting the community and contributing to the province’s prosperity as a whole.”

Wrmth designs and manufactures heated outdoor furniture. The company will use NOHFC funding of $1,344,493 to commercialize its flagship product – the smart muskoka chair – and develop software to allow users to control the chair using a mobile device.

One Red Maple Inc. designed a browser extension people can download onto their smartphone, tablet or computer that lets them quickly search, locate and buy products from locally owned stores instead of from larger big-box retailers and online corporations. The company will use NOHFC funding of $483,495 to enhance this web-based technology.

Cuna Railway Innovation Inc. provides railway services such as inspection, maintenance and snow clearing. The company will use NOHFC funding of $67,607 to purchase specialized equipment and train staff to expand its range of services.

“Supporting local businesses as they expand and innovate helps create jobs, keeps the north competitive and attracts new investment,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “NOHFC funding helps companies thrive, leading to economic diversification and providing real opportunities for employment in the North Bay area.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, 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 Invest North Program is designed to boost economic growth and attract more investment by supporting business development, expansion and innovation.

Quotes

"Wrmth has chosen North Bay because the opportunity for building competitive onshore manufacturing is in the province's north. Manufacturing here means adding high value jobs and bringing innovation and new intellectual property to Northern Ontario." – Sally Daub and John Pomeroy, Co-Founders, Wrmth

“One Red Maple is giving independent retailers the tools to compete against large online corporations and big-box stores. Our browser extension compares what shoppers are looking at on a webpage such as Amazon’s and looks for local matches and redirects you to the local store to make the purchase, while our mobile app allows you to search the local database of products. Thanks to Ontario government funding, One Red Maple has now launched in North Bay, Sudbury and Kingston as our test markets.” – Mark Sherry, President, One Red Maple Inc.

“Cuna appreciates the support from the province with our ongoing growth strategy. We are using NOHFC funding in order to strengthen our asset base and in turn our position in our industry.” – Alex McCulloch, President, Cuna Railway Innovation Inc.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Creating Internship Opportunities in Kenora – Rainy River

Posted on December 14, 2022

KENORA – The Ontario government is providing almost $1 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for 31 job placement opportunities in Kenora-Rainy River. This investment will help strengthen and develop Northern Ontario’s workforce.

“We are helping northerners find new opportunities to gain hands-on experience to build careers right here at home in Northern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Our investment helps connect businesses to local, talented young people and job seekers, securing highly skilled, good-paying jobs.”

Investments include:

  • $52,500 for Tamarac Nurseries Ltd. in Dryden to hire a Manager Trainee Intern to learn the various aspects of managing a greenhouse and tree nursery
  • $35,000 for LBE Group Inc. in Kenora to hire an Engineering Intern to gain practical engineering experience with a focus on structural engineering. The intern will also work toward receiving their Professional Engineer designation
  • $32,023 for Camp of the Woods in Dinorwic to hire an Advertising Intern to assist with promotional, fundraising and marketing campaigns
  • $51,503 for Gamboa & Holland LLP to hire two CPA Articling Interns to assist clients with bookkeeping and payroll services, sales tax returns and personal, corporate, estate and trust income taxes
  • $51,428 for M.L. Caron Electric Ltd. in Fort Frances to hire two Electrician Apprentice Interns to learn the fundamentals of residential, commercial, and industrial electrical installation.

The Ontario government is supporting local internships through the NOHFC’s People and Talent Program. The program supports a wide variety of internships, including skilled trades, and addresses the unique needs of other in-demand jobs. Program candidates include new entrants into the workforce, those transitioning to a new career, the unemployed and underemployed.

“Our government has removed barriers to participation so more businesses can provide on-the-job career development, address skilled labour shortages and create more opportunities for a broader range of interns, including more opportunities for Indigenous youth,” said Minister Rickford.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, 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.
  • A list of all 31 Kenora - Rainy River NOHFC internship program funding recipients is available on the corporation’s website.

Quotes

“We greatly appreciate the Ontario government’s help to train one of our most promising Indigenous employees; helping to upgrade their skills to a management level. Their potential for future success is bright.” – David Lick, President, Tamarac Nurseries Ltd.

“The ability to create new job opportunities within our community while sustaining a company has been done in large part through the support of the Ministry of Northern Development. NOHFC has provided LBE Group with the opportunity to grow and celebrate 10 years of business, helping us through even the most challenging of times.” – Andrew Brookes, Principal, LBE Group Inc.

"We purchased an existing business during the COVID-19 pandemic and there was a lot of uncertainty right from the start. We knew we needed to hire an accountant right away but didn't have the financial resources to do so. We posted a job ad and found a suitable candidate, and with NOHFC's help we were able to hire the right person, who continues to be a key part of our business." – Alex Gamboa, Partner, Gamboa & Holland LLP

“The workforce development stream program has been great for our small business. There is a severe shortage of tradespeople in our field, and this program has provided us with the opportunity to hire and train young people looking to get into our line of work. Thank you NOHFC for the opportunity you have offered us.” – Jamie Davis, Owner, JD Plumbing

“The Fort Frances Times has seen substantial benefit from the NOHFC People and Talent Program. The wage subsidy enabled us to create an additional position on our editorial team, and we’ve been able to make that position a permanent one, in no small part because of the assistance of the NOHFC. We are truly grateful.” – Lincoln Dunn, General Manager, Fort Frances Times

“Partnerships like this support Domtar’s efforts to develop a sustainable workforce, which in turn builds sustainable communities. We thank the Ontario government for helping us achieve this goal.” – Marie Cyr, General Manager, Domtar Dryden Operations

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- Erika.Robson@ontario.ca

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

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Ontario Promoting Healthy Active Lifestyle for Kids in Kenora

Posted on December 13, 2022

KENORA – The Ontario government is providing $145,938 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Kenora SportsPlex Organization to build an indoor playground. This investment is developing community recreational infrastructure, supporting social connections and improving quality of life for northerners.

“Our government is focused on investing in communities and creating vibrant recreational facilities that promote health and improve wellness,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “The Kenora SportsPlex is an incredible space for youth, families and seniors, and today’s investment will only expand the facility’s offerings.”

The Kenora SportsPlex Organization is a volunteer-run non-profit that is responsible for the operation of the Kenora SportsPlex, a multi-purpose indoor recreation facility. The organization will use NOHFC funding to build Lakelife Playroom, an indoor play space for kids within the facility. The project involves creating three defined play areas for different age groups, as well as a sitting area for adults.

“The Kenora SportsPlex is thrilled to bring this exciting addition to our complex and offer an additional recreation amenity for families in our community,” said Megan Derouard, Chair, Kenora SportsPlex Board. “Without this investment from the Ontario government through the NOHFC, this project would not be possible. We are excited to expand our facility and add another opportunity for our youth.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • The Kenora SportsPlex supports a wide variety of indoor activities for all ages, such as athletic training for multiple sports, Special Olympics events and Indigenous youth programs.
  • In 2021, 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 investments in important infrastructure projects.

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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


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Ontario Bringing Economic Development Opportunities to Timmins

Posted on December 08, 2022

TIMMINS – The Ontario government is providing more than $5 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to eight economic development projects in Timmins. This investment will help create jobs, expand business operations and improve quality of life in the northeast.

"As one of the largest cities in Northern Ontario, Timmins is a major economic hub and industrial centre,” said George Pirie, MPP for Timmins. “By supporting local projects, our government is bringing investment and employment opportunities to the community."

The following projects are receiving NOHFC funding:

  • $2 million for Mikro-Tek Inc. – a biotechnology company specializing in natural methods to increase plant growth – to purchase equipment needed for the company to plant over 50 million seedlings and study the benefits of its seedling-fortification technology
  • $1,614,503 for the City of Timmins to expand its stratospheric balloon launch base – the first and only facility of its kind in Canada
  • $500,000 for My Animal Productions Inc. to produce the feature film My Animal, a supernatural, coming-of-age drama
  • $395,164 for Dumoulin Trucking – a trucking and landscaping company serving the mining sector – to build a new facility and purchase equipment in order to expand its services to include heavy equipment truck washing
  • $268,642 for Caron Equipment Inc. – a civil engineering firm specializing in mine site preparation and material handling – to build additional workspace and purchase a new excavator to fulfill new contracts, including one with Newmont at the Borden Mine
  • $195,852 for Joel Vachon Trucking – a trucking company serving the mining, forestry and recycling sectors – to purchase additional trucks and trailers
  • $81,800 for Superior Grading – a civil engineering contractor specializing in commercial and industrial projects serving the forestry and mining sectors – to purchase equipment to fulfill a contract with EACOM Timber
  • $30,975 for Millson Design Solutions to establish a design firm specializing in 3D scanning and industrial design.

“Supporting local businesses as they expand and innovate will help create jobs, keep the north competitive and attract new investment,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “These investments are helping companies thrive, leading to economic diversification and providing real opportunities for employment in the Timmins area.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $578 million in 4,935 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.87 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,870 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, 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

Quotes

“Ontario government funding will allow us, along with our Indigenous partners at Wahkohtowin Development GP Inc., to introduce a technology to be used in boreal reforestation, herbicide reduction and mine land reclamation projects across the province. Following an initial five-year pilot project in Ontario, we plan to fully commercialize the technology and replicate these carbon sequestration projects across Canada in partnership with additional Indigenous and industry partners.” – Mark Kean, President, Mikro-Tek Inc.

“The City of Timmins is pleased that the Ontario government and NOHFC are supporting the planned expansion of the Timmins Stratospheric Balloon Base at the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport. The funding provided will allow the city to continue to strengthen our partnership with the Canadian Space Agency and it reiterates the importance of the research and development activities undertaken at the site. This partnership and planned expansion will result in positive economic impacts for Timmins.” – Michelle Boileau, Mayor, City of Timmins

“We would like to express our appreciation for the support received from the Ontario government. NOHFC funding has helped us bring an industrial truck wash – the first of its kind – to Timmins and Northern Ontario. We are extremely grateful.” – Leon and Kathy Dumoulin, Owners, Dumoulin Trucking

“With all the challenges new projects face these days, we are grateful for the financial support we are receiving from the Ontario government and the NOHFC, as it will allow our company to expand, modernize and be at the forefront of the mining supply and services industry.” – Marc Caron, President, Caron Equipment Inc.

“Thanks to the Ontario government’s contribution to our project, we were able to venture into the recycling market with a new trailer to haul scrap metal. This market is new growth for our company. NOHFC funding also provided the opportunity to upgrade and expand our ore hauling fleet of trucks and trailers.” – Joel Vachon, Owner, Joel Vachon Trucking

"Thanks to the assistance of the Ontario government through the NOHFC, Millson Design Solutions was able to bring new technology and services to Northeastern Ontario. This support allowed us to get off to a strong start, leading to a successful first year in business." – Ben Millson, Owner, Millson Design Solutions

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- erika.robson@ontario.ca

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

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Ontario Strengthening Tourism Sector in the North

Posted on November 21, 2022

THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government is providing $4.9 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to 24 tourism projects in Northern Ontario. This investment will help create jobs, expand business operations, stimulate economic development and attract visitors to the north.

Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, made the announcement today at the Northern Ontario Tourism Summit.

"Northern Ontario is an incredibly scenic region, with limitless potential for tourism," said Minister Rickford. "These investments will help northern tourism operations expand their offerings, create jobs and promote regional prosperity, while showcasing this beautiful part of Ontario to visitors from across the province and around the world."

The following projects are receiving NOHFC funding:

  • $500,000 for the Town of Blind River to renovate Marina Park
  • $419,465 for Veilleux Camping & Marina – a resort in Hearst – to purchase equipment and build new facilities, including campsites and fishing huts
  • $369,550 for the Municipality of Red Lake to hire an engineering firm to produce technical drawings of Red Lake Events Centre
  • $319,114 for the Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands to refurbish Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands Recreation Centre
  • $317,224 for Kapuskasing Golf Club to revamp its clubhouse
  • $300,000 for Destination Northern Ontario to transition the delivery of its training services to an online platform in response to COVID-19
  • $253,239 for the Township of St. Joseph to rehabilitate Richards Landing Municipal Marina
  • $251,700 for Blind River Curling Club to repair its roof
  • $200,000 for Lakehouse Marina to establish a waterfront resort and event centre in Echo Bay
  • $200,000 for Silver Islet General Store – a historic former general store and tearoom in Silver Islet – to reopen and become a retail, food and educational tourist destination
  • $199,851 for Lakeside Campground Inc. – a campground in Moonbeam – to purchase equipment and build RV lots and a garage
  • $199,350 for Blind River Development Corporation to renovate Blind River Visitor Information Centre
  • $198,500 for JMB Project Management Inc. to establish an RV Park in Matheson
  • $177,220 for the Town of Thessalon to update Lakeside Park washroom facilities
  • $162,000 for Gore Bay Museum to restore its glass canopy and replace its roof
  • $134,762 for Destination Northern Ontario to develop a plan to turn Northeastern Ontario into a world-class snowmobile destination
  • $131,150 for the Town of Thessalon to revamp Thessalon Marina
  • $110,520 for the Local Services Board of Lac St-Thérèse to refurbish a dock and boat launch
  • $104,326 for North 49 Powersports Inc. – a retailer of motorized sports vehicles and trailers in Kapuskasing – to develop a tourism business offering guided ATV and snowmobile excursions
  • $94,347 for the Township of Assiginack to purchase a new ice resurfacer and additional change room floor matting for Assiginack Arena
  • $90,742 for Garden River First Nation to expand Ojibway Park trails and connect them to the Trans-Canada Trail
  • $76,845 for the Township of The North Shore to rehabilitate its causeway and refurbish two boat launch facilities
  • $70,000 for Destination Northern Ontario to create francophone travel itineraries that showcase eight partner communities – Cochrane and Timmins; Hearst and Kapuskasing; Kenora; North Bay; Sault Ste. Marie; Sudbury; Temiskaming Shores; Thunder Bay – participating in the project
  • $59,605 for the Municipality of Huron Shores to renovate Iron Bridge Recreation Centre.

“Through the NOHFC, our government is supporting unique and innovative tourism projects that will bring people together – while maximizing the growth potential and competitiveness of Northern Ontario’s tourism sector,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “This funding will encourage visitors from near and far to visit Northern Ontario and discover its breathtaking landscapes and the endless opportunities for recreation and leisure its local communities have to offer.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $575 million in 4,835 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.86 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,770 jobs.

Quick Facts

  • In 2021, 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.
  • The Northern Ontario Tourism Summit is taking place November 21-23, 2022, at the Valhalla Hotel and Conference Centre in Thunder Bay. The summit was developed as a partnership event between Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario and Destination Northern Ontario to bring together tourism businesses, organizations and suppliers as well as all levels of government to find solutions to challenges facing the northern tourism industry.

Additional Resources

Quotes

“With the Ontario government’s significant investment into the World’s Best Snowmobile Destination project, Destination Northern Ontario was able to successfully create a fully realized brand and suite of tools and training modules that will be the basis of several snowmobile loops and itineraries in Northeastern Ontario. Without the support from our government partners, travel associations and destination marketing organizations, this project would not have gotten off the ground. We are grateful for this investment from NOHFC and look forward to continue growing snowmobile visitation in our region.” – David MacLachlan, Executive Director, Destination Northern Ontario

“Municipalities were faced with unprecedented challenges over the past two years. Blind River’s Council, leadership, and staff did not shy away from its mission to carry out goals of its Strategic Plan and Economic Development Strategy; a document designed by our residents. Thanks to NOHFC’s programming that is specifically designed to assist rural communities, we were able to rejuvenate failing infrastructure at our main tourist site for the next 50+ years. Thank you for choosing Blind River’s project, NOHFC.” – Sally Hagman, Mayor of Blind River

“Building a tourism-based business and creating employment opportunity in an off-grid community during the most difficult of times was made possible with the vision of our government leaders and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. This support has enabled the Silver Islet General Store to navigate its unique challenges, and in turn, has greatly assisted the business in providing an exceptional cultural and visitor experience to both residents of Northwestern Ontario and travellers from across the world.” – Jeff and Sandy Korkola, Owners, Silver Islet General Store

“The Town of Thessalon is extremely grateful for the support from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund. This project funding will enhance our existing park facilities and position the Town to grow as a tourism destination as well as support the maintenance of legacy events such as our community days events which have been welcoming many people to Thessalon for over 45 years.” – Tracey Cooke, Councillor, Town of Thessalon

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office, 416-450-1309, Erika.Robson@ontario.ca

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Ontario Strengthening Small Business in North Bay

Posted on November 17, 2022

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing $28,003 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to J&J Machine Works in North Bay. This investment will help expand business operations, improve competitiveness and stimulate economic development in the region.

“By supporting J&J Machine Works, our government is bringing investment and employment opportunities to the community,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “This investment will help support the creation of full-time jobs.”

J&J Machine Works is a traditional machine shop, offering extensive custom machining and fabrication capabilities as well as general equipment repair. Funding will allow the company to purchase of new updated equipment. This upgrade will reduce the reliance on outsourcing and improve business efficiency and profitability.

“Supporting small businesses helps build stronger, more resilient and prosperous northern communities,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Investments like this help businesses thrive, grow the local economy and create good paying jobs.”

"J&J Machine Works is a North Bay-based manufacturer providing machining, fabrication and repair services,” said Andy Walker, President and Co-Owner of J&J Machine Works. “Financial assistance provided by the Ontario government enabled us to upgrade our plate profile cutting capabilities, improving the quality and efficiency of our existing service offerings and expanding sales to include all-new projects which were impractical or impossible with our previous equipment.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $575 million in 4,835 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.86 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,770 jobs.

Quick Fact

  • In 2021, 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

Media Contacts

Erika Robson, Minister’s Office -- 416-450-1309 -- Erika.Robson@ontario.ca

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

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Ontario Strengthening Community Development in Smooth Rock Falls

Posted on November 17, 2022

SMOOTH ROCK FALLS – The Ontario government is providing $779,238 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the Town of Smooth Rock Falls for four community enhancement projects. This investment will support critical infrastructure upgrades and improve quality of life for northerners.

“Our government is committed to advancing community development here in Smooth Rock Falls and throughout Northern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “We are keeping the North competitive and current, and creating real opportunities for the people who live here.”

The Town of Smooth Rock Falls is receiving NOHFC funding for the following projects:

  • $294,731 to revamp the Smooth Rock Falls Community Hall, which includes upgrading the washrooms and replacing the roof and two HVAC units
  • $201,394 to renovate the Reg Lamy Cultural Centre, which includes upgrading flooring, installing a dehumidifier and replacing the boiler and a radiant heater
  • $194,296 to update the Smooth Rock Falls Municipal Pool, which includes replacing the pool liner and upgrading the changerooms
  • $88,817 to refurbish the historic Mattagami Railroad Company steam locomotive attraction, which includes painting and patching, track repairs and the installation of lighting and a wrought-iron fence.

“The Town of Smooth Rock Falls is very grateful for the financial support received from the Ontario government through the NOHFC,” said Patrick Roberts, Mayor of Smooth Rock Falls. “We look forward to finishing the projects in the upcoming year.”

“The Ontario government’s financial support has been key to the successful completion of municipal projects,” said Shannon Michaud, Economic Development Officer, Town of Smooth Rock Falls. “We are forever thankful for the ongoing support throughout the years.”

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $575 million in 4,835 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.86 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,770 jobs.

Quick Fact

  • In 2021, 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

Media Contacts

Erika Robson - Minister’s Office - 416-450-1309 - Erika.Robson@ontario.ca

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October 27th - Application System Under Maintenance

Posted on October 26, 2021

NOHFC's online application system will be under maintenance on October 27th, from 10AM to 7PM.

As part of the maintenance, we are making improvements to the People and Talent Applications to improve the client experience when applying to the program. As a result, Applications to the People and Talent program will not be able to be submitted to NOHFC until after maintenance is complete.

If you have any questions, please contact the Regional Economic Development Branch office nearest you.

Following the maintenance period, if you are experiencing any technical issues with your application system account, or in-progress applications, please send a detailed e-mail to asknohfc@ontario.ca

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Ontario Takes Steps to Increase Economic Development and Job Creation in the North

Posted on February 11, 2021

QUEEN'S PARK - The Ontario government is launching new and improved Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) programs to help increase economic development and promote job creation in the North. The four new programs will target existing and emerging markets, support more projects in small rural communities, address the skilled labour shortage and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply.

"Our government took every opportunity to engage with northern municipal leaders, Indigenous partners, non-profits and businesses to seek feedback on how we can modernize NOHFC programs and better respond to the unique needs of the North," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Minister of Indigenous Affairs and MPP for Kenora-Rainy River. "Our new programming will streamline the application process and help build strong and resilient local economies by making targeted investments in northern businesses, community organizations and municipalities - bringing good jobs and prosperity to every corner of Northern Ontario."

The following new programs begin today and replace the NOHFC's existing programs:

  • The Community Enhancement Program will facilitate upgrades and repairs to vital community assets, such as recreational facilities, community centres and broadband infrastructure that contribute to improved quality of life and support strategic economic development initiatives
  • The Cultural Supports Program will promote and showcase Northern Ontario's culture, geography, and talent through the production of films and television series and by supporting events, such as conferences and festivals that elevate the profile of communities
  • The Invest North Program will boost economic growth and attract more investment to the North by supporting business development and expansion, as well as research and commercialization of new technologies
  • The People and Talent Program will attract, develop, and retain a strong northern workforce by supporting a broader range of internships and apprenticeships and providing more opportunities for Indigenous people to gain job experience

"These exciting new programs will improve and simplify funding delivery to communities and businesses across Northern Ontario," said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. "As we work together to recover as a province from the effects of COVID-19, new and improved supports for infrastructure, culture, economic development and training will ensure that our North thrives and emerges stronger than ever before."

"It's great to see the reopening of funding applications to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation," said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. "The NOHFC has played a critical role in helping many businesses in Northern Ontario adapt and recover from the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses in Sault Ste. Marie have shown incredible community spirit and resilience but are eager to get back to work. Opening up applications again will help our businesses continue to diversify and grow our local economy."

"The NOHFC programs have always been a great support to northern businesses," said Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka. "However, I have often heard about difficulties accessing them due to the onerous application process. The changes announced today directly address this concern and will greatly assist businesses and communities in Northern Ontario moving forward. I am particularly pleased to see attention being given to broadband infrastructure, job training and apprenticeships."

Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $262 million in 2,549 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.1 billion in investment and creating or sustaining 4,771 jobs. A running list of projects that received NOHFC funding can be found on the corporation's website.

Quick Facts

  • The NOHFC is a board-governed agency of the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines with a mandate to promote economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects big and small, rural and urban.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE – SCAM ALERT

Posted on September 05, 2018

Please be advised we are aware of a current scam using the likeness of Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) stating you have won a financial award. If you are contacted via phone, text or email asking you to send any sum of money to an individual please disregard.

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