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Ontario Investing in Northern Food and Agricultural Projects

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Ontario Investing in Northern Food and Agricultural Projects

Funding Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Province’s History

Ontario is supporting economic growth in six Northeastern Ontario communities by investing in projects that will help farmers and food producers expand their businesses. 

With an investment of almost $730,000 through the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), seven businesses will be able to diversify their product offerings and enhance their services:

  • Claybelt Drainage in Kapuskasing will receive $200,000 to build and equip a maintenance facility for their newly established tile drainage installation business.
  • Fromagerie Kapuskoise in Kapuskasing received $200,000 to purchase equipment and transform a residential home into a cheese factory and retail store serving local residents and travellers along Highway 11.
  • Lobo Loco Alpacas in Sheguiandah will receive $29,425 to acquire new mill equipment to process alpaca and llama wool, which is woven into popular high-end yarn products.
  • Cyr Hay Storage in Assiginack received $45,000 to construct a building for commercial hay storage during the winter months.
  • Thornloe Cheese in Thornloe is receiving $64,664 to purchase additional equipment in order to expand its cheese product line.
  • The R&T Farm in Temiskaming Shores will receive $80,153 to expand their existing farm structure and buy equipment to meet the growing demand for goat's milk.
  • Collverbrook Farms in Thessalon is receiving $110,555 to purchase equipment and increase its shelter and storage space for their expansion of crops and livestock.

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 food and agriculture 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.

Supporting agriculture and economic growth in the North 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.

Quick Facts

  • 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 local infrastructure are part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

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“These investments in the North’s agri-food sector help strengthen communities and provide farmers and food producers with the infrastructure they need to succeed and expand their operations.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

“We need to look ahead to capture the economic opportunity of providing Ontario foods for our growing population here at home, and around the world. That’s why we are working closely with our partner ministries and the agricultural sector to help guide the growth and development of the agriculture, aquaculture and food processing sector in Northern Ontario.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“As a start-up manufacturing plant, we are very grateful for financial support from the province to establish and grow a new cheese production business, which serves not only our local community, but the many tourists visiting or passing through the area.”

François Nadeau

Owner, Fromagerie Kapuskoise

“Thanks to the province, we are expanding our farm into a larger, more substantial operation that will reach national markets. Support like this has such a huge impact, not only in our own community, but on farming throughout the North.”

Matthew Seabrook

Owner, Collverbrook Farms

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