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Cochrane, Timiskaming businesses land government funding

Funding helps merchants adapt to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines
Thornloe Cheese storefront
Thornloe Cheese (Photo)

COCHRANE — Dec. 17, 2021: The Ontario government is providing more than $2.3 million to help 126 businesses adapt to COVID-19 public health guidelines in the Cochrane and Timiskaming regions.

The funding is being delivered through the Northern Ontario Recovery Program (NORP) and will support building renovations, installation of safety equipment, and health and safety upgrades.

Funding for businesses includes:

  • $25,000 for JR Bar-B-Q Ranch in Cochrane to purchase a new point-of-sale system, upgrade the fan system, and buy a trailer to store supplies.
  • $25,000 for EACOM Timber Corporation in Elk Lake to purchase personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies.
  • $25,000 for Thornloe Cheese to redesign the service counter, and purchase equipment such as fridges that customers can access outdoors and a computer server for staff to work remotely.
  • $25,000 for Muddy Moose Restaurant and Inn in Larder Lake to install a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

"Our government is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with northern business owners, entrepreneurs and workers in the Cochrane and Timiskaming regions," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry.

"COVID-19 has fundamentally changed our day-to-day lives and how we do business. With this funding, our government is supporting small and medium-sized businesses and providing a significant and welcome boost to the local economy.”