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Thunder Bay-Atikokan Communities Plan Future Development

McGuinty Government Helping Attract New Investors, Boost Local Economies

Northwestern Ontario communities are working to attract new business and strengthen the local economy.

With the support of the Northern Communities Investment Readiness program (NCIR), the communities are:

  • conducting an asset inventory of the Town of Atikokan and its surrounding area ;
  • undertaking a study of Atikokan's labour force
  • identifying gaps and opportunities for investment in Atikokan's commercial and service sector
  • studying the District of Thunder Bay's agriculture sector to help promote future value-added business opportunities.

These initiatives are part of the government's five-year Open Ontario plan to create jobs and economic opportunities in northern Ontario.

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Bill Mauro

“These investments through the NCIR program are especially important for our small communities that do not always have the financial ability to conduct this type of work”

Bill Mauro

MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan

Michael Gravelle

“The NCIR program is an effective tool for northern communities identifying opportunities for economic diversification.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, and chair of the NOHFC

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