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New program will assist francophone organizations in pandemic recovery

North Multiplier Effect Program is a three-year, pan-Northern initiative

Francophone organizations in Northern Ontario will have an opportunity to tap into a new pot of funding to help them in their recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

On March 22, FedNor announced $884,018 to launch the new North Multiplier Effect Program, a three-year initiative that will be administered by Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario (AFO).

Through it, up to 25 francophone not-for-profit organizations and social enterprises will be eligible to receive up to $25,000 to help maximize business, social and economic opportunities.

The pan-Northern Ontario initiative will support early-stage development projects with a high-potential to generate income to support the sustainability of these organizations.

It's expected to help create 25 jobs and maintain an additional 15 throughout the region.

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“We are pleased to partner with FedNor and the government of Canada to support economic development and growth in official language minority communities across Northern Ontario,” said Carol Jolin, president of the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario, in a March 22 news release.

“The funding announced today will enable us to support francophone-led social enterprises, not-for-profit organizations, and cooperatives to create jobs and help diversify and grow the regional economy.”

The funding is being provided through FedNor's Northern Ontario Development Program, which is designed to support projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation.

Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario is an Ottawa-based advocacy group promoting the economic and social interests of francophone organizations across the province.