Ontario Supporting Jobs and Growth in Kenora Region
Province Supporting Local Projects in Northern Municipalities
Ontario is helping create jobs and grow the local economy in the North by supporting small businesses and investing in infrastructure in the Kenora region.
Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro, on behalf of Minister of Northern Development and Mines Michael Gravelle, announced the government's support through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for the following projects today during his Northwest tour:
- Engineering and design work for a new consolidated services terminal building for the Kenora Airport Authority
- Renovating the Kenora Rowing Club to increase capacity for the 2017 Canada Summer Games rowing events, which will be hosted by the City of Kenora
- Development of a retail-focused mobile app by Takemetuit, a Kenora-based emerging technology business, which will create approximately eight full-time jobs while retaining four others.
Investing in community infrastructure, small business and technology is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy, and help people in their everyday lives.
- The Kenora Airport Authority is receiving a grant of $450,000 to design and engineer its new facility.
- The City of Kenora will receive a grant of $184,750 to renovate the Kenora Rowing Club in preparation for the 2017 Summer Games rowing events.
- Takemetuit will receive $500,000 in grants and loans to develop it app, which will help clients find specific retail items in-store and offers retailers marketing and inventory-control features.
- Ontario is investing more than $1.1 million into three projects which will help create or retain more than 12 jobs for local residents.
- Since 2013, the NOHFC has made total investments of more than $446 million across northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.4 billion in direct economic activity and helping to create or sustain almost 9,985 jobs.
- The NOHFC’' investments are an important part of Ontario's Growth Plan for Northern Ontario [pdf].
- The NOHFC works to build strong, prosperous northern communities through unique programs.
“Investing in community infrastructure and small businesses in the Kenora region is an important part of our plan to help Northerners in their everyday lives. Today’s investments will help grow the local economy by improving services at the airport and increasing tourism while also creating new jobs for local residents.”
“Investments in communities like Kenora are helping spur economic growth and creating high skills jobs for the local residents. The NOHFC plays an important role in the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario and delivering on its commitment to grow the Northern economy.”
“Once again we are thankful for the province’s commitment to Kenora and Northwestern Ontario as NOHFC continues to invest in our community’s priorities. These projects will benefit our residents, tourists and businesses and help us continue to make Kenora their community of choice.”
“Funding provided by NOHFC programs is making it possible for Takemetuit to develop a unique concept into a viable, marketable technology with unmatched accuracy. Our ability to successfully launch a tech start-up in Northwestern Ontario simply would not be possible without the support of NOHFC and other partner agencies.”
“This funding will allow Kenora Airport Authority Inc. to proceed with the engineering and design for a new consolidated services facility. The new facility will include a passenger terminal, Canada Customs, and a pilots’ lounge to handle the increase in tourist traffic, charter flights servicing the North as well as medevac flights and scheduled traffic.”