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Ontario Invests $740,000 in Indigenous Economic Development in the Georgian Bay Area

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Ontario Invests $740,000 in Indigenous Economic Development in the Georgian Bay Area

Province Helping Indigenous Communities Create Jobs and Opportunities

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Ontario is helping to create jobs, support new skills training opportunities and improve economic outcomes for Indigenous people in the Georgian Bay area. 

Through the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund (AEDF), the province is investing more than $740,000 towards the following projects:

Supporting economic development for Indigenous communities is one of many steps on Ontario's journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government's commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.

Investing in Indigenous communities is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement. 

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing a total of $95 million in the AEDF over ten years. The AEDF was launched in 2014 and has three funding streams: Regional Partnership Grants, Economic Diversification Grants and the Business and Community Fund.
  • To date, Ontario has funded 51 projects with Indigenous partners through the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund.
  • In accordance with the government’s commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the name of the program will be changed to the Indigenous Economic Development Fund.
  • Ontario is on track to balance the budget next year, in 2017-18, which will also continue to lower the province’s debt-to-GDP ratio.

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“The Aboriginal Economic Development Fund is helping Indigenous businesses, communities and organizations create, diversify and collaborate. We’re excited to see how these grants will help Indigenous communities, workers and businesses in the Georgian Bay area have bright and prosperous futures.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

“The harvesting of fish as a commercial resource has a substantial amount of membership involved as an economic activity. We are now hoping to address capital investment opportunity to move to the next phase of the long term plan -- cold storage and ice flaking equipment. Our intention is to work with others to make our fishery a five star operation and an economic driver in the SON Territory.”

Greg Nadjiwon

Chief, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation

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