Ontario Investing in Community Improvement in the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls
Government working to make NOHFC programs open to broader range of businesses and workers
TOWNSHIP OF SIOUX NARROWS-NESTOR FALLS - Today, Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, announced the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls is receiving $8,500 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to undertake a review and update of its existing Highway Corridor Redevelopment Plan.
The project will provide opportunities for economic growth and prosperity along the Township's Highway 71 corridor. The new plan will identify shovel-ready projects along the corridor, including tourist attractions, better boat access to Lake of the Woods, and identifying new sites for potential development.
"Supporting community development projects like this one allows northern communities to be ready to respond to economic opportunities and challenges," said Minister Rickford. "These investments send a clear message that Northern Ontario is open for business and open for jobs."
"We are very pleased to receive NOHFC funding for our Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls Highway Corridor Redevelopment Plan project," said Norbert Dufresne, Mayor of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls. "Funding support for projects such as this ensures that our municipality is able to meet the current and future economic development needs within our community."
The NOHFC promotes and supports economic development across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects - big and small, rural and urban - that stimulate growth, job creation and develop a skilled workforce.
The government is working to develop new NOHFC programs that will:
- make it easier for more people and businesses to apply
- support more projects in rural northern communities
- target both existing and emerging market opportunities
- provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people
- address the skilled labour shortage in the north.
"We have heard feedback from northerners who want NOHFC programs to be open to a broader range of businesses and workers so that the unique needs of Northern Ontario communities are met," said Minister Rickford. "Through these proposed changes, Ontario's government will continue to build strong and resilient communities while supporting an environment where businesses can thrive, grow and create good jobs."
Promoting and stimulating economic development initiatives in Northern Ontario is part of the government's plan to build Ontario together. Ontario's balanced and prudent plan is creating more jobs and opportunities in the north and keeping more money in people's pockets.
- Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $147 million in 1,003 projects in Northern Ontario. This has leveraged more than $699 million in investment and created or retained over 3,000 jobs.