New business centre promotes First Nation prosperity
McGuinty Government Supports First Nation Business Opportunities
Ontario is helping the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte make the most of new and existing business opportunities.
Located close to the City of Belleville, the Tyendinaga Mohawk Business Centre will help promote new business development and potential business partnerships between the First Nation and surrounding communities of Prince Edward County and Lennox and Addington. Until the centre was built, the community's over 100 independent businesses were having a tough time finding new space for development. New tenants include the Office of Sustainable Development.
The construction of the centre was supported by a $500,000 grant from the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program.
- The Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program funds projects involving the construction, acquisition, renovation and expansion of community, friendship and small business centres.
- The Tyendinaga Mohawk Business Centre is centrally located on Highway 2 in the Hamlet of Shannonville.
- The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation has 7,760 registered members with about 2,105 living on reserve.
“This business centre really shows how well the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, the Ontario government and the business sector can work together to attract economic activity in the area. In doing this, we are strengthening both the local communities and the Province as a whole.”
“We appreciate the support of the Ontario government which, along with Casino Rama funds, made this business centre a reality. This will stimulate economic opportunities and growth in our community.”
R. Donald Maracle