Minister Rickford Strengthening Community Life in Fort Frances and in Seine River First Nation
FORT FRANCES – The Ontario government is providing more than $253,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to two projects in Fort Frances and Seine River First Nation. These investments in logging and culture will help boost economic growth, improve quality of life and build strong, healthy communities in Northwestern Ontario.
“Our government is committed to promoting a high quality of life in communities across Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. “These investments will improve community infrastructure in the Fort Frances region, strengthening cultural ties and supporting economic development.”
Projects receiving NOHFC funding include:
- $145,000 to LCB Logging for the purchase of equipment to improve the efficiency of its operations
- $108,742 to the Seine River First Nation for virtual interactive technology in its cultural centre that will provide immersive experiences while promoting the traditional heritage and skills of the Ojibwe 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 $519 million in 4,496 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.77 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 7,000 jobs.
- 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.
“This grant helped us purchase two modern cut to length processors. That allowed us to hire more people, increase the CTL volume for the area mill and moved us to a more technology advanced operation.” – Chris Christian, Co-owner, LCB Logging
“Seine River First Nation leadership has been progressive in their efforts towards economic growth with their new cultural centre, improvements to tourism infrastructure, wild rice production and logging operations. Ultimately their cultural centre will be enhanced with Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology and programming. These cutting-edge technologies will differentiate the cultural centre from other regional attractions, provide immersive experiences while promoting the traditional heritage and skills of the Ojibwe people.” – Chief John Kabaty, Seine River First Nation