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New Small Business Centre To Create Economic Opportunities

McGuinty Government Supporting Munsee-Delaware Nation

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Ontario is supporting the local economy in the Munsee-Delaware Nation by helping to finish construction of a new small business centre.

The centre will enable local First Nation entrepreneurs to establish businesses in their community and create jobs for members of the First Nation. Construction was previously started, but never finished. Completion of work will start soon and is expected to be ready for tenants in summer 2010.

Several First Nations organizations, departments and businesses have expressed considerable interest in renting commercial space at the small business centre. It is expected this project will also directly generate new short-term construction jobs and ongoing economic benefits for the broader community.

Quick Facts

  • The Munsee-Delaware Nation is located approximately 40 kilometres southwest of London, Ontario.
  • Ontario provided over $490,000 towards construction of the facility through the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program.

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“This is a great example of a project that will help build the on-reserve economy and encourage the development of entrepreneurs and leaders. The province and Munsee-Delaware Nation are working together to improve the community and support local jobs and opportunities.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

“These kinds of centres are important to the vitality of a community. Our government's investment is helping to foster the next generation of entrepreneurs, whose ideas will stimulate and strengthen the local economy.”

Maria Van Bommel

MPP, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex

“The completion of the facility will be the result of the hard work and perseverance of many people over the years. It is a great example of how the First Nation must work in a partnership environment with government and the private sector. The opportunity is now available to finish an important community facility that will enable local entrepreneurs to pursue their goals.”

Chief Patrick Waddilove

Munsee-Delaware Nation

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