Ontario Building Priority Infrastructure in Kenora
Funding Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Province’s History
Ontario is building a stronger, more diverse Northern economy by supporting local infrastructure projects in Kenora. Investments in conference and training facilities, water and sewer services, and improvements to the Coney Island docks will boost the local economy and improve the quality of life for area residents.
With financing from the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), four projects in Kenora are receiving support:
- Seven Generations Education Institute is receiving $1 million to transform the former Lakewood School into a modern multi-purpose complex and conference centre with training facilities to support First Nations and other students
- The City of Kenora is receiving $360,000 to extend water and sewer services to develop the Cameron Bay area and help attract new businesses to the region
- Kenora is receiving $120,000 to upgrade public and commercial docks and other infrastructure at Coney Island to support local businesses and increase tourist visits to the area
- Kenora is receiving $50,000 to develop design plans and a business case to expand an event centre to host larger events.
This funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- more than $130 billion over 10 years, which will support more than 110,000 jobs per year on average with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals across the province.
Ontario's long-term infrastructure plan will help connect regions, develop new economic opportunities and improve quality of life for Ontarians by supporting critical infrastructure projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities all across the province.
Investing in local infrastructure is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Since 2003, the NOHFC has invested more than $1 billion in 6,780 projects in Northern Ontario, creating or sustaining more than 25,500 jobs.
- Locally, in the Kenora-Rainy River region, the NOHFC has invested $115 million in 547 projects, creating or sustaining more than 3,000 jobs since 2003.
- A Conference Board of Canada report estimated that Ontario's public infrastructure investment would add more than $1,000 to the average annual income of Ontarians in 2014 and lower the unemployment rate by about one percentage point.
- The NOHFC's investments in community infrastructure are part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario [pdf].
“These investments demonstrate our government’s commitment to diversifying the Northern economy and helping communities like Kenora take advantage of economic development opportunities through the NOHFC. Community infrastructure projects like these not only address maintenance and infrastructure work that needs to be done, they also invest in the future, strengthening Kenora’s economy and tourism sector.”
“The NOHFC continues to invest in our community’s priority infrastructure improvement initiatives, demonstrating a commitment from the Province to Northwestern Ontario, and specifically Kenora, as we continue to rebrand and build our community. These projects will help ensure that residents, tourists and businesses continue to make Kenora their community of choice.”
“The Seven Generations Education Institute is dedicated to lifelong learning and empowerment by providing educational and training opportunities for Anishinaabeg members in the region. We thank the NOHFC and the province for helping us launch our new multi-use complex in Kenora.”