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Province Supporting Manufacturing in Northern Ontario

February 28, 2020

NIPISSING – Today, Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing, on behalf of Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, announced investments of over $1.5 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) 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

“We are committed to creating and protecting jobs and boosting local economies across Northern Ontario,” said MPP Fedeli. “By investing in expanding manufacturing projects, we are reinforcing the North’s competitive advantage and sending a signal to the world that Northern Ontario is open for business and open for jobs.”

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 reflecting the wide-range of opportunities in Ontario’s North,” said Minister Rickford. “Through these proposed changes, Ontario’s government will continue to build prosperous communities while supporting an environment where businesses can thrive, grow and create good jobs.”

Promoting economic development in Northern Ontario is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario together. Ontario’s plan is creating more better-paying jobs and opportunities in the North, and attracting new and expanded investment so northern communities can grow and thrive.

For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact:

Keri Buttle
Constituency Assistant
(705) 474-8340

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