A new cannabis manufacturing facility is coming to Nipissing First Nation (NFN), and with it, potentially more than 80 new jobs.

Golden Harvest Organics (GHO) recently broke ground on a 30,000 square foot building. The operation is owned by Natalie Payette-Chevrier, who, according to the company, is the first female First Nation entrepreneur in the country to take on a project of this size and scope.

“I’m so proud of our committed team and board of directors, who clearly see this vision and have not stopped working over these two years,” said Payette-Chevrier. “We’re able to bring more than 80 jobs to our community and build a sustainable business that will support the economic growth throughout this region.”

GHO says it is a wholesale agent of medicinal and recreational cannabis for business-to-business transactions.

“I am very happy to see this project breaking ground in our community. Natalie and Doug Chevrier, as proprietors of this business, continue to demonstrate what you can achieve through hard work, commitment and doing things the right way,” said Chief Scott McLeod of Nipissing First Nation. “They are leaders in entrepreneurship in Nipissing First Nation and I am proud to extend the Council’s support for this business. I wish every success to Natalie and Doug.”

GHO says the building will be state of the art, second in security only to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Mandatory security planning includes:

  • Background checks for all key personnel and every board of directors
  • Eight-foot barbed-wired perimeter fencing with detection system
  • Finger scanner and key card access on every door in the facility
  • Secure vault that safeguards all processed cannabis

GHO plans for production to begin in January 2021.