New Commercial Fish Processing Plant in Garden Village
McGuinty Government Supports Northern Community Development
The Nipissing First Nations have established a new federally-regulated fish processing facility that will promote local fisheries and create new business opportunities.
With support from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the Nipissing First Nation has opened a new processing facility. It will provide locally caught whitefish and walleye to restaurants and businesses in the surrounding area. The new facility will also work with the Ministry of Natural Resources to improve the collection of fish harvest data to help inform sustainability efforts and prevent overfishing.
This initiative is part of the Open Ontario plan to help strengthen Northern communities and help diversify local economies.
- The NOHFC is providing $70,000 to this project under its Infrastructure and Community Development Program.
- Approximately 37,000 pounds or 80 per cent of the Nipissing First Nations annual catch will be processed at this facility within five years.
“Fresh water lakes are precious resources that we are privileged to enjoy in Ontario and particularly in our region. This new facility will provide a great resource to our Nipissing First Nation and help to manage the fish harvest of Lake Nipissing to ensure our lake remains a vibrant and sustainable ecosystem for future generations to enjoy.”
“Creating local economies that can support growth is important for prosperity in the North and investing in this project is just one way the McGuinty government is helping strengthen the foundations of our communities.”
“All of the fish processed will have been sustainably harvested with the environment in mind - that's our main goal - fish now and fish for the future.”
Nipissing First Nation Chief Marianna Couchie.