Investing in Aboriginal Economic Development in Northwestern Ontario
Ontario is investing in 16 projects through the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund that will create jobs, support new skills training opportunities and improve economic outcomes for Aboriginal people in northwestern Ontario.
The following communities and organizations have been approved for Regional Partnership Grants:
- Bimose Tribal Council will receive $500,000 over two years to partner with local private companies and Confederation College to support opportunities in the forestry sector.
- Rainy Lake Tribal Area Business and Financial Services will receive $500,000 over two years to improve access to financing for economic development opportunities and Aboriginal businesses in the Treaty 3 area.
The following communities and organizations have been approved for Economic Diversification Grants:
- Anishinabek Employment and Training Services will receive $283,415 over two years to develop training for workers in the mining and construction sectors.
- Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek received $83,034 to develop a business plan and financial analysis for a sawmill in the community's business park. They will receive an additional $97,303 this year to work with Woodmizer to train community members on all aspects of sawmill operations.
- Fort Severn First Nation received $88,897 to develop an economic diversification plan.
- Grassy Narrows First Nation will receive $99,990 this year to support the development of a strategic economic development plan.
- Kasabonika First Nation will receive $199,330 over two years to establish a resource development organization that will promote and facilitate the participation of Kasabonika residents and businesses in the exploration and mining industry.
- Matawa First Nations Management will receive $99,963 over two years to develop a long-term tourism plan.
- Naotkamegwanning First Nation will receive $99,700 this year to develop a five-year economic development strategy.
- Nibinamik First Nation received $35,120 to conduct a multi-purpose building feasibility study.
- Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre will receive $200,000 over two years to collaborate with I DO BUSINESS. Inc. to deliver an "INDIGENOUS DO BUSINESS" project that will help Aboriginal organizations and communities with forward-looking planning to identify high-potential economic opportunities.
- Ojibways of Pic River First Nation will receive $232,735 over three years to support the creation of a regional trail network.
- Pays Plat First Nation will receive $60,990 over two years to complete a feasibility study to capitalize on local forestry opportunities.
- Pic Mobert First Nation will receive $100,000 this year to determine the economic potential of an industrial and commercial development along the Highway 17 corridor.
- Sandy Lake First Nation received $74,254 to conduct a feasibility study for an art gallery and office rental space in the community.