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Over $1 Million for Local Non-Profit Sector

December 9, 2022

NIPISSING – Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing announced that the Ontario government is providing 9 local organizations with $1,032,900 through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Capital Grants Program and Community Resilient Program.

“Non-profit organizations are a valued part of our community here in Nipissing,” said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “Today’s funding has allowed organizations to continue providing services through COVID-19 and others to increase their capacity to provide important services to the community.” 

Capital grants provide funding over one year to help non-profit organizations respond to the capital needs of Ontario’s communities by improving the infrastructure Ontarians need to thrive. Whether it’s purchasing equipment, building a new space, or completing renovations, retrofits or repairs, capital grants support projects that will have a positive impact in communities.

Local recipients of OTF’s Capital Grant include:

  • $150,000 for the North Bay Nordic Ski Club to assist with the purchase of a ski trail groomer
  • $150,000 for the Municipality of East Ferris to address community needs by adding 14 km of active transportation infrastructure
  • $150,000 for Club Action 50+ East Ferris to update the kitchen of the Corbeil Park Hall
  • $149,000 for the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario to purchase new cardio and strength training equipment
  • $59,700 for Community Living North Bay to repair their roof
  • $27,000 for the Gathering Place for the purchase and installation of a new oven for the soup kitchen
  • $22,400 for the North Bay and Area Potters Guild to purchase a range of equipment to improve quality and sustainability of services at the guild studio

The Resilient Communities Fund was launched to support the non-profit sector to recover and rebuild from the impacts emerging from COVID-19 so the sector can effectively meet the needs of communities across Ontario.

Local recipients of OTF’s Community Resilient Grant include:

  • $193,800 for Les Companons des France loisirs to help recover from the impacts of COVID-19 by hiring staff to develop and implement new strategies and marketing plans
  • $131,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Bay and District, to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 by hiring a caseworker and providing health and wellness supports to staff, volunteers and clients to improve their physical and mental strength.

“We are grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their continued support of the development of the francophone community in North Bay and surrounding areas. With this grant, we are able to expand the cultural team of the organization to continue to better serve our community.” – Arnaud Claude, Director of Les Compagnons des francs loisirs.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Bay and District is grateful for the support of the OTF Resilient Communities Fund.   Our funded project provides clients, volunteers and staff with a Health and Wellness program which will improve our physical and mental health by offering increased physical activity and active living resources.  Thank you to the Ontario government, the OTF and MPP Fedeli for this generosity which assists us in our mission to ‘ignite the power and potential of young people’.” -Darlene Jamieson, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Bay and District.

“On behalf of the Municipality and the citizens of East Ferris, I would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation and MPP Vic Fedeli for this funding.  The funds will contribute to further developing our Active Transportation network which assists us in providing safe, enjoyable, and convenient trails for walking and bicycling. The MacPherson Drive to Highway 17 trail will improve connectivity for users to various amenities within East Ferris including the Corbeil Recreation Hub and the Voyageur Cycling Route which spans over 645 km connecting communities across Northeastern Ontario and the Ottawa Valley.” – Pauline Rochefort, Mayor of East Ferris.

“The North Bay Nordic Ski Club appreciates the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and recognizes its work in building healthy and prosperous communities.  The Club is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led organization that has been a cornerstone for recreational and competitive cross country skiing in Ontario for over 40 years.  This investment from OTF will allow the Club to purchase a new trail groomer and continue to provide high quality and safe ski trails to its many members, day users, school and community groups, and out of town visitors.” Andrew Rees, President – North Bay Nordic Ski Club.

“This is very rewarding news, this $150,000 grant will improve access and working environment for our kitchen volunteers and will allow us to run supportive programming for our older adults members in East Ferris and surrounding areas. The new kitchen will be the jewel of our club house at the Corbeil Park hall. Thank you.”  Lyne Way-White, Presidents of the Club Action 50+ in East Ferris.

Please visit the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s website for more information and a full list of Capital grant stream recipients.


  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, working to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario through investments of local grants to non-profit organizations. Its programs support the arts, culture, sports and recreation, heritage, human and social services, and environment sectors across the province.
  • Since 2018, the Ontario government has invested nearly $545 million in more than 4,900 projects through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, creating more than 4,600 full-time jobs and generating more than $828 million in economic benefits to communities across Ontario.


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