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Ontario Supporting Development of New Community Centre in Whitesand First Nation

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Ontario Supporting Development of New Community Centre in Whitesand First Nation

Province Building Up Indigenous Community Infrastructure

Ontario is supporting the development of a new 10,200-square-foot community centre in Whitesand First Nation, creating local jobs and promoting community development.

The centre will enhance Whitesand First Nation's ability to host community events, provide recreation opportunities, and deliver training, traditional teachings and health programs to its community members. The new community centre also includes office space for organizations working to advance social and economic development in the region.

Ontario is contributing $841,894 through the North Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) and $500,000 through the Aboriginal Community Capital Grant Program to the project.

Investing in infrastructure in Indigenous communities is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

Quick Facts

  • In 2012, Whitesand First Nation received a $400,000 Community Capital Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario. The funds were used to help with the centre’s first phase of construction and electrical work during the second phase.
  • In the Thunder Bay area, the province has invested $69 million through the NOHFC for 538 projects that have helped generate or retain 1,993 jobs since 2013.
  • The 2016/17 Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program is currently accepting applications for detailed design work and feasibility studies until September 30, 2016 through Grants Ontario.
  • The NOHFC’s investments in economic development in Indigenous communities are an important part of Ontario’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario [pdf].

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“Our government is committed to building up the North by investing in our communities, businesses and infrastructure. Through this $1.3 million investment we are helping Whitesand First Nation realize its important vision for a new community centre that is sure to play an integral role in the community for decades to come.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

“Investing in community infrastructure is one of many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects our government’s commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.”

David Zimmer

Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

“On behalf of the Whitesand First Nation I want to thank the Ontario government for these investments, which will create many benefits for our entire community. The multi-plex is a centrepiece of our Community Sustainability Initiative, (CSI) which will enable Whitesand to unite economic, social, cultural, recreational, environmental and capacity-building programs under one roof. CSI continues to demonstrate how we can all work together and build a better tomorrow.”

Allan Gustafson

Chief of the Whitesand First Nation

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