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Ontario Investing in Northern First Nation Communities

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Ontario Investing in Northern First Nation Communities

Province Supporting Business Development and Safe Child Care Spaces

Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

Ontario is investing in infrastructure and economic development in First Nation communities in Northern Ontario, to identify new business opportunities, boost economic growth and provide safe child care spaces. 

Through the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund (AEDF) and the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program (ACCGP) the province is investing in:

  •   A mixed-use highway commercial development plan for Animbiigoo Zaagi'igan Anishinaabek, which includes identifying businesses and services best suited for the geographical area
  • Training and capacity building for entrepreneurs in the cultural tourism sector that will benefit members of the Eabametoong First Nation and surrounding communities  
  • An economic development plan for the Missanabie Cree First Nation to explore opportunities to enhance the diversification of its economy, particularly in sectors with a high potential for success
  • Major renovations that will help the Pic Mobert First Nation's day care meet the Child Care and Early Years Act requirements and provide safe, local access to childcare.

Supporting economic development for First Nation communities in Northern Ontario is one of many steps on Ontario's journey of 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 infrastructure and economic development in First Nation communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. 

Quick Facts

  • Through the AEDF, Ontario provided $100,000 to the Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek, $36,952 to Eabametoong First Nation and $66,254 to Missanabie Cree First Nation.
  • Through the ACCGP, Ontario provided $283,543 to Pic Mobert First Nation.
  • From 2003 to 2016, through the ACCGP Ontario has provided more than $38 million in capital grants to Indigenous communities.
  • 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.

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“These grants will go a long way in helping First Nation communities improve economic outcomes. It’s part of our goal to improve the overall well-being of Indigenous people in our province.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

“The Aboriginal Economic Development Fund grant for cultural tourism training will help facilitate and guide the community into the business of cultural tourism. The goal is to bring money into the community to help the local economy by attracting tourists to the Eabametoong First Nation Territory. The training is the first step of many in the cultural tourism industry.”

Paul Holcroft

Employment Community Co-ordinator, Eabametoong First Nation

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