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Ontario Expanding Aviation Industry in North Bay

Province Boosting Economic Growth and Opportunity in the North

Ontario is partnering with Voyageur Aviation to boost North Bay's aviation sector through an investment to help the company expand its operations at the Jack Garland Airport.

Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, was in North Bay today to make the announcement.

Funding through the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) will help create 40 jobs and support Voyageur Aviation's three-year production and infrastructure project to further develop its world-class regional aircraft engineering, maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in North Bay.

Bolstering business expansion in the North is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is investing $2,750,000 in Voyageur Aviation Corp. to help expand its operations at the Jack Garland Airport.
  • Since 2013, the province has invested more than $593 million through the NOHFC in over 3,700 projects, leveraging more than $2.1 billion in direct economic activity and creating or sustaining over 15,000 jobs in Northern Ontario.
  • In the Nipissing region, the NOHFC has invested more than $60 million in over 400 projects that have helped to create or retain over 1,250 jobs since 2013.

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“Investing in businesses like Voyageur Aviation and their new production and infrastructure project is critical to supporting opportunity and job creation in Northern Ontario. Through the NOHFC, our government is fostering increased opportunity and fairness for residents and business across Northern Ontario.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

“We are very pleased that Voyageur continues to invest in North Bay. Operating in our community since 1968, the company has grown into a diverse aviation operation that is an integral part of our local business community and the North Bay Jack Garland Airport. Now a Chorus Aviation Inc. company, Voyageur is well positioned for future growth, and our congratulations are extended to President Scott Tapson and his team.”

Al McDonald

Mayor of North Bay

“With the support of the NOHFC, we will be able to invest in personnel and infrastructure at our facility in North Bay to meet the rising demand for Voyageur’s specialized regional aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services. As a North Bay-based company with a global client base, this investment is key to Voyageur’s continued growth.”

Scott Tapson

President, Voyageur Aviation Corp.

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