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Ontario Announces Aboriginal Economic Grants in Kenora Area

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Ontario Announces Aboriginal Economic Grants in Kenora Area

Helping Aboriginal Communities Plan for Growth, New Opportunities

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Ontario is investing in two projects which will help Aboriginal communities broaden their economic base and improve outcomes for Aboriginal people in the province.

The following communities and organizations have been approved for Economic Diversification Grants:

  • Keewaytinook Okimakanak will receive $76,011 this year to develop an economic diversification plan for four remote First Nations.
  • Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation will receive $78,459 this year to hire a community member to facilitate engagement with the community and produce an economic development strategy.

Part of Ontario's Jobs and Prosperity Fund, the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund (AEDF) is providing new employment, training and business opportunities for Aboriginal people across Ontario. AEDF Economic Diversification Grants provide project funding to develop and implement economic plans. Grants also fund feasibility studies and other community projects that contribute to economic diversification. Additional projects being supported with Economic Diversification Grants will be announced in the coming weeks.

Improving socioeconomic outcomes for Aboriginal people 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

  • Applications for the next round of Economic Diversification Grants are open until March 6, 2015.
  • Ontario will soon announce Aboriginal financial institutions that will help deliver the AEDF Business and Community Fund across the province, improving access to financing and other supports for Aboriginal businesses.
  • Ontario previously announced Economic Diversification Grants to support four projects in Northeastern Ontario.

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“The AEDF is helping Aboriginal businesses, communities and organizations create, diversify and collaborate. We’re excited to announce some additional Economic Diversification Grants that will help communities plan for future prosperity in the Kenora area.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

“The approval for funding our project will provide Onigaming with the opportunity to build upon the strengths of our community and our people, and will engage them in the local economy by developing a five-year economic development strategy. We are pleased to be supported by MAA to invest in building a foundation for a sustainable healthy community for future generations.”

Kathy Kishiqueb

Chief, Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation

“The Premier and the Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs have showed outstanding leadership by listening to the needs of First Nations and putting the right tools in our hands to make our communities better places to live, work and raise their families. We appreciate Ontario’s assistance and support in our economic development plans.”

Geordi Kakepetum

Chief Executive Director, Keewaytinook Okimakanak

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