Finlandia Club Renovates Historic Building
McGuinty Government Invests In Upgrades To Thunder Bay Facility
A multi-purpose centre, which has been a cornerstone of Finnish culture for nearly a century, will be upgraded to benefit visitors and community activities in Thunder Bay.
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) has approved funding of $500,000 to the Finlandia Club of Port Arthur to renovate the Finnish Labour Temple, a local landmark and tourist attraction. Upgrades to the centre, which houses an auditorium and museum as well as the well-known Hoito Restaurant, will include reinforcing the structure of the building as well as installing fire safety systems and barrier-free washrooms, among other improvements.
- The Finlandia Club of Port Arthur is a not-for-profit organization established in 1962 and has approximately 200 members. The club owns and operates the Finnish Labour Temple and the Hoito Restaurant, which opened in 1918 and currently has a staff of 30 full-time and 30 part-time employees.
- The NOHFC’s Infrastructure and Community Development Program helps northern communities improve critical infrastructure and develop partnerships that find effective ways to create jobs and improve economic prospects in the North.
“Our investment will help revitalize this historic building and position it as one of the city’s most culturally significant centres. This will help attract tourists and serve the growing needs of the community well into the future.”