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Ontario Helping to Create 176 New Manufacturing Jobs in Barrie

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Ontario Helping to Create 176 New Manufacturing Jobs in Barrie

Province Partners with Local Business to Expand Production

Ontario is partnering with Wolf Steel Ltd. to help the company expand and diversify its operations, while creating 176 new positions and retaining 574 jobs in the Barrie area.

Wolf Steel is North America's largest privately-owned manufacturer of wood and gas fireplaces. The province is investing $1.5 million through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund to help the company upgrade its production lines and expand operations to begin manufacturing HVAC and air conditioning equipment currently made in the U.S.

The Southwestern Ontario Development Fund is modelled on the proven Eastern Ontario Development Fund. The funds are designed to help create jobs and diversify the economy by encouraging regional businesses to pursue innovation and new markets. Together, the two funds have created and retained more than 29,000 jobs and attracted over $1.25 billion in investment.

Helping businesses compete and grow in this highly competitive global economy is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is providing a grant of $1.5 million through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund to support the Wolf Steel expansion project.
  • Wolf Steel is North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of wood and gas fireplaces and markets its line of outdoor grills and fireplaces under the Napolean brand.
  • Ontario is accepting applications for the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund from qualified businesses that are growing and creating jobs. Sectors eligible for the fund include advanced manufacturing, processing, life sciences, information and communications technology, tourism and cultural industries.
  • Since October 2012, the government has committed over $50 million through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, leveraging a total investment of more than $580 million. These investments have helped to create over 2,400 new jobs and retained more than 11,500 existing jobs in the region.

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Brad Duguid

“Our government is strategically partnering with businesses across Ontario to foster innovation and generate significant economic growth. This latest investment in the Barrie area is a perfect example of our commitment to the long-term success of local economies and the people who work and live there.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Ann Hoggarth

“I’m pleased that the province is investing in this expansion project in Barrie. By partnering with Wolf Steel to upgrade and expand its operations, this project is bringing good-quality jobs and economic stability to our area.”

Ann Hoggarth

MPP for Barrie

“Upgrading our facilities will help Wolf Steel maintain our competitive edge and diversify our business. We’re proud to bring a product line currently produced in the U.S. to Ontario and to create jobs and contribute to the local economy in Barrie.”

Ron McArthur

President of Wolf Steel Ltd.

Media Contacts

  • Andrew Forgione

    Minister's Office



  • Sofia Sousa-Dias

    Communications Branch





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