Twelve economic development projects in the Cochrane and Timiskaming Districts will share in $2.4 million funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.
Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford announced the funds on Sept. 18.
“Supporting communities and businesses with targeted investments through the NOHFC unlocks local economic development opportunities, creates employment, and keeps the region strong and competitive,” Rickford said in a news release. “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.