Ontario Investing in Northeast Tourism Infrastructure
Funding Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Province’s History
Ontario is increasing tourism and supporting economic growth in the Northeast by investing in local businesses.
With investments totalling $659,000 through the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), six companies will be able to renovate and expand their facilities to better attract tourists to the North:
- Good Time Outfitters, a remote fishing and hunting destination, received $103,125 to renovate their seasonal lakeside camps north of Cochrane.
- Boombox Wakeparks, a watersport recreational business in Timmins, received $52,342 to build the only cable wakeboarding facility of its kind in Northern Ontario.
- Glassy Bay Outfitters near Elliot Lake will receive $120,000 to modernize and expand their off-grid hunting, fishing and nature outposts to accommodate larger groups of tourists.
- Relais-Magpie-Relay Inc. received $200,000 to renovate the site of the former Motel Bienvenue in Dubreuilville into a four-season boutique reso rt catering to motor sport and outdoor enthusiasts.
- The Algoma Highlands Conservancy received $58,566 to reconstruct the historic "Norm's Cabin" at Bone Lake into an accessible wilderness destination and educational excursion facility.
- Gemsam Inc. will receive $125,000 to re-open the former Royal Theatre in Kapuskasing as a destination for movie screenings and community events.
This funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- more than $130 billion over 10 years, which is making 110,000 jobs possible every year across Ontario, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals.
Ontario is building safe, reliable infrastructure to help create jobs and ensure a bright future for the province. Between April and September, the province announced support for more than 200 projects that will keep people and goods moving, strengthen the economy, connect communities and improve quality of life. These northern tourism projects build on that progress.
These much-needed investments are supported by a number of initiatives, including broadening the ownership of Hydro One -- an approach that raises billions for infrastructure while ensuring consumers are protected. By unlocking the value of provincial assets, the government is supporting critical projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities all across Ontario.
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 6,870 projects in Northern Ontario, creating or sustaining more than 25,800 jobs.
- Since April 2015, the province has announced support for more than 200 infrastructure projects across Ontario, including 76 projects in Northern Ontario.
- Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors.
- The NOHFC’s investments in tourism infrastructure are part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.
“Supporting businesses that cater to tourists who are drawn north to camp, hunt, fish or simply vacation in beautiful natural surroundings ensures that the North’s tourism sector will continue to grow. These investments will have a lasting impact on the surrounding communities for years to come.”
“With financial support from the province, we opened a full-service resort that meets the demands of a growing number of outdoor enthusiasts who visit from around the North and beyond Ontario’s borders.”
“With NOHFC funding, our community’s historic Royal Theatre will be re-opened and bring many forms of entertainment to residents and visitors, who will no longer have to drive 100 kilometres or more to see a movie.”