Investing In North Sun Nurseries
McGuinty Government Supports Northern Economic Development
A commercial wild blueberry operation in Swastika is looking to improve its crop yield and establish a regional berry market that will create jobs and diversify the local economy.
With Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) support, North Sun Nurseries is purchasing sawdust and fertilizer needed to promote plant growth, deter weeds and reduce pesticide use. At full production, the company is expected to support 35 seasonal jobs.
This funding is part of the Open Ontario plan to create jobs and increase economic growth across the province.
- The NOHFC is providing $100,000 to this project under its Emerging Technology Program.
- In 2002 North Sun Gardens Inc and Swastika Tree Nursery merged into North Sun Nurseries. In 2005, the NOHFC helped the new company launch the blueberry operation.
- The facilities and infrastructure at North Sun Nurseries supports approximately 2,700,000 wild or low bush blueberry plants.
“The North Sun Nurseries represents a breath of fresh air in our regional economy and a golden opportunity for our communities to embrace changes that will bring prosperity, new investments and diverse jobs to the North.”
“I am very pleased that this investment will help another important northern business grow and provide employment opportunities in their community.”