The Township of Ignace is preparing to get investor-ready with a plan for the future.
The northwestern Ontario community received $94,500 from FedNor to devise a master plan for mapping out a long-term economic strategy.
The plan includes developing and implementing economic development and tourism strategies, as well as completing a community capacity study. It’ll provide the tools and tactic they’ll need to attract business and private investment to town.
Kenora MP Bob Nault made the announcement, Aug.15.
“By investing in the Township of Ignace, we are helping to maximize the community’s economic and tourism potential, while supporting long-term growth and prosperity throughout the area,” Nault said.
Ignace Mayor Donald Cunningham said the funding helps strengthen the community’s “social and economic outlook.”
“Once complete, the master plan will help in ensuring our community continues to be a great place to live, work, play and do business.”
Earlier in the week, FedNor dropped $237,800 in funding in the Temiskaming and Temagami areas for upcoming projects and recently occurred event.
City of Temiskaming Shores will use $193,000 to developing a Lake Temiskaming Tour to develop a culinary tour package with its tourism partners. The culinary strategy will cover areas including Mattawa, North Bay, Temagami, Temiskaming Shores and the communities in between. The project will help promote local food producers and providers.
The Temiskaming Art Gallery has earmarked $31,500 for a youth intern to develop a marketing and social media strategy and set up a community-based studio space focused on helping local artists prepare works for exhibition and sale.
And in case you missed it, the Municipality of Temagami already spent $13,300 to host and expand the fifth Temagami Canoe Festival on Temagami’s waterfront this past July.
“The financial support announced today will help us grow and promote a variety of activities, events and festivals, and draw additional visitors to the region, which will be very beneficial for our local businesses” said Temiskaming Shores Mayor Carman Kidd.