Minister Rickford Strengthening Economic Development in Northwestern Ontario
The Ontario government is providing more than $2.6 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to 16 economic development projects in Northwestern Ontario. This investment will help build a stronger Ontario by creating good-paying jobs, expanding business operations, supporting critical infrastructure and improving quality of life in the North.
“Through targeted investments, our government is building strong, resilient and prosperous communities,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. “We are keeping the Northwest competitive and current.”
Projects receiving NOHFC funding include:
- $630,000 for the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls to build a roof over the community outdoor rink and $316,100 to develop outdoor features at the Northern Ontario Sport Fishing Centre, including nature-themed children’s play structures, interactive displays, an accessible pathway, and a northern lights observation deck.
- $344,282 for Brielmann Agriculture Ltd. – a farming operation in Pinewood – to purchase a grain elevator.
- $200,000 for Naotkamegwanning Business Corporation to establish Tricksters Coffee Co. – a coffee roasting and canning business to support the Naotkamegwanning First Nation.
- $200,000 for Rainy River District Regional Abattoir Inc. to purchase and renovate the building it currently leases.
- $198,000 for the Township of Emo to upgrade the Emo-LaVallee Community Centre, including accessibility and safety improvements, and $134,100 to build an outdoor skating rink facility
- $180,000 for the Dance Township Community Association to renovate the Devlin community hall, including modernizing kitchen and bathroom plumbing, updating the electrical and HVAC systems, replacing the roof and enlarging the parking lot
- $93,275 for Emo Feed Service Ltd. to upgrade operations and expand grain handling capabilities
- $63,000 for the Town of Rainy River to refurbish the Hannam Park Campground, including installing sanitary sewer service and improved power supply at each campsite, and modernizing the shower and washroom facility
- $53,645 for the Township of Chapple to build an accessible sports field shelter with more seating, $45,000 to transform the outdoor community rink into an accessible all-season facility and $45,000 to build an accessible public washroom facility on the waterfront
- $47,625 for the Rainy River Soil and Crop Improvement Association to purchase a no-till drill to be used by local agriculture producers
- $41,903 for the Township of LaVallee to upgrade the community baseball field and recreational park, including new bleachers, an accessible seating area, updated washroom facilities and installation of topsoil and sod in the playground area
- $14,372 for Romyn Farms Ltd. – a farming operation in Stratton – to purchase a bushel grain bin.
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.
“Farming in Northwestern Ontario comes with its own set of unique challenges. Partnering with NOHFC has enabled the farming community, including Brielmann Agriculture, to advance and grow agriculture in the Rainy River District. Farmers now have a grain elevator to handle and sell grain; the first critical piece of agricultural infrastructure we can call ‘local’.” — Timo Brielmann, Owner, Brielmann Agriculture Ltd.
“Tricksters Coffee Co. is a new business in the community of Naotkamegwanning First Nation. The aim of the company is to become an active participant in the global marketplace by providing our product to Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities from coast to coast. We are an Ojibway-owned and operated business dedicated to supporting the survival and revival of our culture. Thank you to the Ontario government and NOHFC for your investment of funds. With your support, Tricksters Coffee Co. is poised and ready to bring pride, prosperity and promise to the people of Naotkamegwanning First Nation and neighbouring communities.”
— Delores Day, President, Naotkamegwanning Business Corporation
“Rainy River District Regional Abattoir Inc. appreciates the continued support we receive from Minister Rickford and the NOHFC programs. Funding our agriculture projects continues to strengthen our industry and grow valued infrastructure for all of the Northwest. Thank you, we are looking forward to continued partnerships.” — James Gibson, President, Rainy River District Regional Abattoir Inc.
“The Dance Township Community Association has been incorporated since March 1, 1933. The original hall was lost in the Dance fire in 1938 and rebuilt in 1939. A true heritage building with so much history. Sustaining the community hall is crucial to our families, community and surrounding communities’ families. Without the support of the NOHFC and the efforts our board and members have made over the last two pandemic years, this project would not have been possible. Thank you Minister Rickford and the Ontario government.” — Rhonda Hyatt, Secretary, Dance Township Community Association