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The announcement of more than $4.8 million in funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario (FedNor) is a welcome boost for several Indigenous communities, businesses and organizations this week.
The funding provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program and Jobs and Growth Fund will support 16 Indigenous strategic initiatives focused on community economic development and business growth from welding to bioenergy projects to the construction of six community centres. Almost 76 local jobs are expected to be created.
Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, says First Nation businesses and organizations are exceptional drivers of growth, job creation and prosperity and are critical to the success of the economy in Northern Ontario.