A new and improved Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation has launched.
This morning, the province unveiled the new programming which aims to increase economic development and job creation across the north. Four new programs were featured which the province says will help address skilled labour shortage, facilitate upgrades and repairs to vital community assets like curling clubs or community centres, promote our culture, geography and talent all while boosting our economy.
Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli, says the new programs will improve and simplify funding deliveries. Fedeli ads that new and improved supports will ensure that the North thrives and emerges stronger than ever before.
The following new programs begin today and replace the NOHFC’s existing programs:
- The Community Enhancement Program will facilitate upgrades and repairs to vital community assets, such as recreational facilities, community centres and broadband infrastructure that contribute to improved quality of life and support strategic economic development initiatives
- The Cultural Supports Program will promote and showcase Northern Ontario’s culture, geography, and talent through the production of films and television series and by supporting events, such as conferences and festivals that elevate the profile of communities
- The Invest North Program will boost economic growth and attract more investment to the North by supporting business development and expansion, as well as research and commercialization of new technologies
- The People and Talent Program will attract, develop, and retain a strong northern workforce by supporting a broader range of internships and apprenticeships and providing more opportunities for Indigenous people to gain job experience
“Our government took every opportunity to engage with northern municipal leaders, Indigenous partners, non-profits and businesses to seek feedback on how we can modernize NOHFC programs and better respond to the unique needs of the North,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Minister of Indigenous Affairs and MPP for Kenora-Rainy River. “Our new programming will streamline the application process and help build strong and resilient local economies by making targeted investments in northern businesses, community organizations and municipalities – bringing good jobs and prosperity to every corner of Northern Ontario.”
For more information on the newly available funding, visit nohfc.ca