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Supporting Economic Development in Wauzhushk Onigum Nation

Press Release

Ontario Strengthening Local Economy, Creating Jobs

Ontario is helping the Wauzhushk Onigum Nation move forward on its plans to establish a community development centre that will support local economic growth and create nine jobs.

With a $490,000 investment from the province’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the centre will provide a flexible and adaptable environment that can accommodate both short- and long-term community and economic development activities, including leasable space for businesses and professionals, and a versatile space for meetings and events.

Working with First Nations partners to build economic opportunities is part of the government’s plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, the NOHFC has invested approximately $953 million in 6,200 projects in Northern Ontario, creating or sustaining more than 23,800 jobs.
  • In Kenora-Rainy River, the NOHFC has invested approximately $ 1.7 million in 501 projects, creating or sustaining nearly 2,689 jobs since 2003.

Quotes

“By investing in this community development centre, our government is helping position the community for future growth and significant job creation. I am very pleased that the NOHFC could support this important project, which has the potential to generate good jobs for years to come.”
Michael Gravelle
Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC
“I would like to thank the NOHFC board for partnering with us in investing in the future of Wauzhushk Onigum. The community development centre will assist our community by expanding commercial business capacity and allowing us to maximize opportunities for training and economic development initiatives.”
Chief Chris Skead
Wauzhushk Onigum Nation

Media Contacts

Eric Bianchini
Minister’s Office
eric.bianchini@ontario.ca
416-327-2394

Michel Lavoie
Communications Branch
michel.lavoie@ontario.ca
705 564-7125

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