Ontario Invests In Aboriginal Community Development

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Ontario Invests In Aboriginal Community Development

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Feasibility Studies Pave Way For Community And Small Business Centres In Aboriginal Communities TORONTO, Feb. 5 - The McGuinty government is helping 14 Aboriginal communities prepare for the future by investing in feasibility studies for community and small business centres, Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs David Ramsay announced today. The investments highlight the government's commitment to strengthening Aboriginal communities. "So far this fiscal year, more than $570,000 has been made available through the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program to help 14 First Nations and Aboriginal organizations determine the viability of running or expanding community or small business centres," said Ramsay. "These studies are the first step towards improving service delivery and creating economic development opportunities within Aboriginal communities, many of which are remote First Nations in northern Ontario." Community centres facilitate the provision of essential services and activities for community members. Small business centres support entrepreneurial activities and early-stage growth of small businesses by providing rental space, shared services and business counselling assistance. In addition to funding feasibility studies, the program provides grants for the construction, expansion or renovation of these facilities. Improvements to the ACCGP during this fiscal year have increased the government's possible contribution for total eligible project costs from 75 to 90 per cent. "This government made a commitment through the New Approach to Aboriginal Affairs to create strong and prosperous Aboriginal communities," said Ramsay. "These feasibility studies are intended to help fulfil that commitment." Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting, Tim Sim, at 416-314-7217 or by visiting the Ontario Secretariat for Aboriginal Affairs website at http://www.aboriginalaffairs.osaa.gov.on.ca/english/economy/grants.htm Disponible en français www.aboriginalaffairs.osaa.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------ FEASIBILITY STUDY GRANTS ------------------------------------------------------------------------- FIRST GEOGRAPHIC PROJECT FUNDING NATION/ORGANIZATION AREA TYPE AMOUNT ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Aamjiwnaang First Nation Sarnia Area NSBC* $ 32,400 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum Kenora Area NSBC $ 43,200 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chippewas of the Thames First Nation London Area ONCIP(xx) $ 45,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Kasabonika Community Development Corporation Kenora Area NSBC $ 35,100 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Madadjiwan Economic Development Corporation Nipissing NSBC $ 49,280 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mishkeegogamang First Nation Kenora Area ONCIP $ 38,574 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Miziwe Biik Employment and Training Toronto NSBC $ 41,922 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Muskrat Dam First Nation Kenora Area ONCIP $ 48,600 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Naotkamegwanning First Nation Kenora Area ONCIP $ 22,050 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- North Caribou Lake First Nation Kenora Area ONCIP $ 43,362 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pays Plat First Nation Thunder Bay NSBC $ 29,250 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pikangikum First Nation Kenora Area ONCIP $ 42,111 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation Kenora Area NSBC $ 50,000 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wapekeka First Nation Kenora Area ONCIP $ 49,419 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- TOTAL $570,268 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- * NSBC - Native Small Business Centres Projects (xx) ONCIP - Ontario Native Community Infrastructure Projects Disponible en français www.aboriginalaffairs.osaa.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Anne-Marie Flanagan, Minister's Office, (416) 327-0654; Sofia Sousa-Dias, Communications Branch, (416) 326-3187 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Anne-Marie Flanagan, Minister's Office, (416) 327-0654; Sofia Sousa-Dias, Communications Branch, (416) 326-3187