Ontario is supporting economic development opportunities for Aboriginal communities with funding of more than $1 million to support seven different projects in northeastern Ontario.
Through the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund (AEDF), the province is helping to create jobs, support new skills training opportunities and improve economic outcomes for Aboriginal people. The seven projects represent a range of opportunities aimed at encouraging economic diversification in northeastern Ontario, from providing training opportunities for Aboriginal people in mining to supporting Aboriginal communities as they develop economic plans and pursue commercial and industrial parks.
Supporting economic development for Aboriginal communities is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
The following communities and organizations have been approved for Economic Diversification Grants:
Brunswick House First Nation is receiving $100,000 this year to complete a feasibility study to support commercial development.
Garden River First Nation received $100,000 to plan for potential commercial development of land along the Highway 17 corridor on the bypass where the reserve is located.
Thessalon First Nation is receiving $200,000 over two years to hire staff to complete a feasibility study investigating an expansion of its bio centre.
United Chiefs and Council of Mnidoo Mnising is receiving $236,787 over three years to hire staff to implement a tourism and business plan.
Whitefish River First Nation is receiving $100,000 this year to conduct planning and preliminary work required to support the construction of a commercial industrial park.
Wahnapitae First Nation will receive $97,570 this year to develop a plan that will determine if land in the community can support commercial and tourism activities.