The Federal Government is giving northern Ontario businesses a hand to promote and sell products at the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention.
The announcement was made in the City of Temiskaming Shores on Aug. 21, as part of funding announcements for the province and the community specifically.
Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing–Timiskaming, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor.
The first was a FedNor investment of $690,000 will assist up to 110 Northern Ontario businesses and organizations to promote their products, services and brands during PDAC. Specifically, the funding will be used by Temiskaming Shores and its partners to establish the Northern Ontario Mining Showcase, a 12,200-square-foot pavilion that will be the single largest of its kind at the convention.
PDAC takes place in Toronto, March 3 to 6.
The second was an investment of $366,000 will enable the community to hire a bilingual project coordinator for a three-year period to help strengthen and grow key sectors of the regional economy.
Specifically, this initiative will support activities such as assisting forestry businesses develop value-added products and expand into Quebec markets, creating a culinary tourism strategy, promoting historical sites in domestic and international markets, attracting newcomers to the area, and assisting producers showcase their products and services at the 2019 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo in Verner.
"This strong show of support from FedNor and the Government of Canada demonstrates confidence in the City of Temiskaming Shores and our partners,” said Carman Kidd, Mayor of Temiskaming Shores. “We are excited to that these projects will enable us to promote major sectors of our economy and help highlight our inclusive approach to economic development as a means to create jobs and growth.”