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Supporting Training And Infrastructure Projects In Northern Ontario

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Supporting Training And Infrastructure Projects In Northern Ontario

The Province continues to support infrastructure and training in Northern Ontario to help build a stronger, more sustainable and diverse northern economy. These investments include:

NOHFC - Emerging Technology Program:

  • Support for Keewaytinook Okimakanak K-Net Services to purchase and construct local cellular infrastructure and services in 10 remote First Nation communities ($4.7 million).
  • Support for NetCentral Community Communications Network ($11.9 million) to install:
  • Six cell towers along Highway 64 near Nipissing, Bonfield, Monetville, Shawn and Highway 654/543 ($2.9 million)
  • Four cell towers near Spanish, Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation, Highway 108 and Highway 639 ($1.9 million)
  • Seven cell towers along Highway 11 (Temagami area) and Highway 63 ($3.4 million)
  • Seven cell towers on Manitoulin Island via Highways 542 and 551 and along Highway 6 ($3.4 million).
Northern Training Partnership Fund:

Announced in the 2010 Budget, the Northern Training Partnership Fund is a three-year initiative to support jobs skills development for Aboriginal people in the North and Northern Ontarians. It will also help provide Northern Ontario employers with a skilled work force. Through this fund, the Province is supporting:

  • Anishinabek Employment and Training Services infrastructure project to support a skilled workforce in the mining and energy sectors in the Marathon area ($224,996)
  • Anishinabek Employment and Training Services project to support a skilled workforce in the tourism, forestry, environment, mining and energy sectors in the Thunder Bay area ($4.7 million)
  • Anishinabek Employment and Training Services project to support a skilled workforce in the mining sector in the Gull Bay area ($449,992)
  • Kitchenuhmaykoosib First Nation project to support a skilled workforce in the agriculture sector in the KI First Nation community ($150,000)
  • Keewaytinook Okimakanak infrastructure project to support a skilled workforce in the environment, mining and tourism sectors in the Kenora area ($600,000)
  • Métis Nation of Ontario project to support a trained workforce in the energy sector in the Timmins area ($749,258)
  • Iskatewizaagegan No. 39 Independent Nations project to support a skilled workforce in the mining and forestry sectors in the Shoal Lake area ($566,098)
  • Bimose Tribal Council project to support a skilled workforce in the environment sector in the Kenora area ($540,000)
  • Dumas Contracting Limited project to support a skilled workforce in the mining sector in the Timmins-James Bay area ($879,820).
Community Investment:

  • Infrastructure improvements to extend natural gas service to Red Lake, Balmertown and Cochenour, which will create more than 100 jobs and help residents and businesses lower energy costs ($4.9 million).
  • Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) - Infrastructure and Community Development Program:
  • Support for the Town of Kapuskasing to establish an industrial airside/groundside park at the Kapuskasing airport to support expansion of two businesses, create two new jobs and provide sustainable employment for Northern Ontario residents ($997,625).

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