The province is hoping to help communities across the north.

Ontario is hoping to provide support in helping to develop plans and initiatives that will attract new investments and grow local economies. The province’s Northern Communities Investment Readiness program offers grants to First Nations, municipalities and economic development corporations in Northern Ontario.

“Northern Ontario is an ideal place to establish new businesses,” said Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines. “Communities understand they’re competing for the attention of investors who make decisions based on business needs, available infrastructure, and the flexibility and ease of local planning and development processes. I am pleased that the NCIR initiative is helping organizations across the North better position themselves to secure those investment opportunities,” he said.

Since 2015, the NCIR program has approved more than $877,000 for 68 investment projects, including $9,055 to the Lake of the Woods Development Commission to produce a manufacturing sector profile to help the City of Kenora identify investment targets, markets and opportunities.

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