Province Supporting Manufacturing Sector in Northern Ontario
Opening economic development programs to broader range of businesses and workers
NORTH BAY- The government of Ontario is supporting five manufacturing companies in Northern Ontario by providing $1.5 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) and creating 16 jobs.
Today, Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing, on behalf of Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, announced funding for the following projects:
- $359,341 for North Bay Plastic Molders Ltd. in Corbeil to expand its custom plastic moulding production services
- $352,968 for Boart Longyear Canada to develop an automated core-scanning system that uses X-ray measuring to provide clients with same-day, accurate data from drill core samples
- $250,000 for Boart Longyear Canada to develop a system that allows continuous and simultaneous drilling and coring
- $127,675 for Boart Longyear Canada in Onaping Falls to develop a diamond drilling process that uses a wireless, electronic method to provide accurate and detailed drilling parameters to the operator
- $88,355 for Cementation Canada Inc. in North Bay to create designs for an injection hoisting system that will transport rocks from underground mines with a depth of 300 to 1,000 metres.
- $250,000 for Nordic Minesteel Technologies Inc. in North Bay to develop an electric vehicle prototype that can safely remove and carry components of large haul trucks
- $171,515 for North Bay Woodwork Ltd. in North Bay to expand its custom cabinetry business
"By creating jobs and boosting local economies in Northern Ontario, our government is helping to support the many exciting opportunities for young workers in a wide-range of fields,." said MPP Fedeli. "Northern Ontario is Open for Business and Open for Jobs, and by investing in manufacturing and mining we are building strong economies and strong communities."
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.
Ontario is working to develop new NOHFC programs that:
- 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 from northerners who want NOHFC programs to be open to a broader range of businesses and workers, so the unique needs of Northern Ontario communities are met," said Minister Rickford. "Through these proposed changes, the government of Ontario 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 plan is creating more good-paying jobs and opportunities in the north and attracting new and expanded investment so northern communities can grow and thrive.
- Through the NOHFC Northern Ontario Internship Program, Ontario has invested over $2.2 million in the Nipissing area for 85 paid internship positions since June 2018.
- Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $148 million in 1,073 projects in Northern Ontario. When combined with contributions by NOHFC recipients, this has led to more than $699 million in investment and created or retained 3,116 jobs.