Ontario Supports Economic Development in the Northwest

Published on March 19, 2021

At the landing in Kenora with Jaydon Symonds - Entrepreneur - Owner - Northwest Outiftters - PHOTO: Tom Thomson


KENORA - The Ontario government is investing more than $772,000 in seven projects to help create or retain 42 jobs and promote economic development and recovery in northwestern Ontario.

"Our government is proud to invest in northwestern communities and businesses to drive tourism, economic growth and job creation in the far corners of Ontario," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines. "We are committed to developing resilient, vibrant communities by investing in a broad range of industries that are creating good jobs and opportunities for the people who live there."

Funding for the following projects is being delivered through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC):

  • $380,000 for Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation to build an early-years centre and provide childcare for 20 children. The project will retain three full-time jobs.
  • $103,043 for KB Ranch to establish a livestock farming business in Devlin that sells beef, pork, chicken and hay. The project will create one full-time position and four part-time jobs.
  • $98,250 for Nickel Lake Lumber to purchase new equipment and expand its sawmill and logging business in Fort Frances. The project will create two full-time jobs.
  • $84,825 for CMM Maintenance & Millwright Services Inc. to bring its millwright services business to the Township of Chapple. The project will create four full-time positions and two part-time jobs.
  • $50,000 for Friends of White Otter Castle Inc. to upgrade, restore and repair the White Otter Castle historical landmark in Turtle River-White Otter Lake Provincial Park. The project will create 20 seasonal jobs.
  • $33,404 for Honey Berry Fruit Farm to establish a berry farm in Devlin that grows and sells different varieties of haskap berries. The project will create two full-time positions and two seasonal jobs.
  • $22,600 for Northwest Outfitters Guide Service to establish a tourism business in Kenora that offers guided fishing trips, ice fishing trips, and a luxury ice shack. The project will create one full-time position and one part-time job.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects - big and small, rural and urban - that stimulate recovery, growth, job creation and skills development. 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.

On February 11, 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.

On March 24, the government will table the 2021 Budget, which will focus on protecting people's health and protecting jobs and the economy.

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