The federal government is providing software company Createch with $482,000 in funds to set up shop in the Sault.
The FedNor funds come in the form of a repayable contribution from the Northern Ontario Development Program, and will be used for equipment and temporary facility costs.
The company will set up a permanent location at Sault College’s Institute for Environment, Education and Entrepreneurship — currently under construction — in 2018.
“We are excited about the federal government’s support that is helping us launch our innovative new project in Sault Ste. Marie in partnership with Sault College,” said Mario Chabot, Createch’s general manager of Microsoft Business Solutions, in a release.
“Once up and running, our plan is to deliver advanced technology services to municipalities, Indigenous communities, and small and medium-sized enterprises in the manufacturing and health sectors from right here in Northern Ontario.”
“Today’s investment will not only help attract and retain high-paying information and communications technology jobs, it will create opportunities to help diversify the community from its traditional manufacturing roots to a knowledge-based economy,” said MP Terry Sheehan in the release.