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Strengthening Education and Childcare Services in Thunder Bay

Ontario Government Supporting Training, Creating Jobs

Ontario is improving access to post-secondary education opportunities and affordable day-care services while creating eight new jobs in the Thunder Bay region.

With support from the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the Nanabijou Childcare Centre is constructing a new 8,200-square foot building at Lakehead University that will enhance access to post-secondary training opportunities for early childhood education students. The facility will also provide an additional 40 day-care spots and a new infant care program.

Investing in northern business expansion is part of the government's Growth Plan for Northern Ontario and its economic plan to invest in people, invest in modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is providing $1 million to this project through the NOHFC. Construction of the Nanabijou Childcare Centre is expected to be completed in fall 2014.
  • The Ontario government has introduced a new three-part plan to help create jobs and economic growth: investing in people, building modern infrastructure and supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate. Fall Economic Statement
  • Since 2005, the NOHFC has committed $140 million to 1,164 projects that have helped to create or sustain more than 4,500 jobs in the Thunder Bay region. Ontario launched new NOHFC programs in October 2013.

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“Increasing educational opportunities and improving access to affordable childcare in Thunder Bay continues to be a key priority for myself and our community. I am pleased that the NOHFC could support this important project that will create new jobs in Thunder Bay and provide new training opportunities for students in programs such as early childhood education.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

“Our investment in the construction of the Nanabijou Childcare Centre is helping provide much needed infant and childcare services for the population of Thunder Bay and is generating new employment opportunities in this sector.”

Bill Mauro

MPP, Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“Quality childcare programs benefit a community in so many ways. We are very grateful for the support of NOHFC and Lakehead University, and their contribution to early learning in our community. New research has shown that key workplace skills such as motivation, persistence and self-control are developed before a child begins kindergarten and that investment in early learning translates into a more than $8 return on every dollar invested.”

Sheila Wilhelm

Director of Nanabijou Childcare Centre

“I couldn't be more pleased to see how the Lakehead University Student Union and Lakehead staff have worked together with the Nanabijou Childcare Centre to see this project to fruition. Thanks to them and the unwavering support of Minister Gravelle and MPP Bill Mauro, our Lakehead University community, as well as Thunder Bay residents, will enjoy a state-of-the-art childcare facility.”

Brian Stevenson

President and Vice-Chancellor, Lakehead University

“Lakehead students are passionate about ensuring equitable access to post-secondary education. Part of that picture is adequate childcare services on campus. Students voted strongly to support the new Nanabijou building and we're excited to see this new improvement to our campus.”

Ian Kaufman

President, Lakehead University Student Union

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