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Province hands out $1.9M for northeastern Ontario projects

Announcement coincides with annual celebration of Small Business Week
The Town of Kirkland Lake is receiving $457,377 to extend services to its Archer Drive Industrial Park.

Nine projects in northeastern Ontario will share in $1.9 million in provincial funding, announced on October 19.

The funds from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. are going to economic development projects that are expected to enhance municipal and recreational infrastructure, and expand small businesses in northeastern Ontario.

The projects include: 

  • $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; and
  • $17,000 for the Haileybury Golf Club to install an elevator and an accessible washroom on the dining hall floor.

The announcement was made in conjunction with Small Business Week, which is being observed Oct. 15-21, 2023.