New Business Centre Opening in Kettle and Stony Point First Nation
Ontario Government Supporting Community Development, Capital Projects
The Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point are moving forward with plans to build a new business centre that will create jobs and promote entrepreneurship in the community.
With support from the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program, the 3,600-square-foot business centre will house three retail spaces and will enhance business development opportunities for First Nation entrepreneurs.
Strengthening communities by supporting strategic growth is part of the Ontario government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure, and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- Ontario has committed $501,500 to the $584,700 business centre through the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program. The business centre on the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation is expected to open in 2014.
- The Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program supports Aboriginal groups in building or improving community centres and small business centres across the province.
- Since October 2003, the program has provided more than $30.7 million to Aboriginal communities through 112 major and minor capital grants and related feasibility studies.
- The Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point are located approximately 35 kilometres northeast of Sarnia.
“It is important that communities have a gathering place where cultural and educational activities can take place and community development initiatives can flourish. As One Ontario, we will continue to work with First Nations and Aboriginal organizations to move forward on important capital projects that help build stronger, more vibrant communities.”
“The Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation appreciate the fact that Ontario is working toward strengthening relationships with First Nation communities and endorse their efforts. Our First Nation is committed to building a sustainable economy for the benefit of the community, our members and visitors to our beautiful area.”