Finnish Hub Gets Important Upgrades
McGuinty Government Supports Preservation Of Heritage Building In Thunder Bay
Upgrades to a well known Thunder Bay landmark will ensure its continuing role as an important socio-cultural hub and tourism attraction, creating new economic development opportunities and four jobs in the process.
With support from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the Finlandia Association of Thunder Bay will restore and renovate its century-old Finnish Labour Temple on Bay Street. The work will focus on improving structural integrity, electrical and heating systems. The building will also benefit from accessibility and safety upgrades to ensure it meets Ontario's current building codes.
This project is part of the Open Ontario Plan to support and strengthen the role of northern tourism as an important economic tool to create jobs and prosperity.
- The NOHFC is providing $300,000 to this project under its Infrastructure and Community Development Program in addition to the $500,000 announced in 2008.
- Celebrations, stories and memories about the Labour Temple were shared from July 22-25 during the building's 100th birthday party.
- In 1992, the Finnish Labour Temple was designated an Ontario heritage site.
“Renovating the Finnish Labour Temple will ensure this iconic heritage building retains its important role of attracting visitors to downtown Port Arthur and continues to be a cultural focal point for the city's Finnish community.”