The Ontario government has announced just under $2 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHF) towards seven businesses and projects in North Bay.

“It’s a little bit of retail, a little bit of manufacturing, a lot of mining and quite a bit of film work,” Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli said. “This is the mainstay of Nipissing, film, mining, and retail.”

Three different film projects will benefit from Friday’s announcement:

  • $500,000 to HP Crossword Mystery Productions Inc. to produce the television movie Crossword Mystery Season 1
  • $500,000 to Kid Detective Productions Inc. to produce the feature film The Kid Detective
  • $421,775 to Cosmic Dawn Entertainment Inc. to produce the feature film The Cosmic Dawn

Those announcements combined equal just over $1.4 million.

“Film and television production in North Bay and Nipissing has become a success story that is continuing to grow,” said Fedeli. “Our government is committed to strengthening this growing local industry because these investments create jobs, develop homegrown talent and support other businesses in the area.”

The local businesses that stand to benefit are:

  • $213,618 to Canelec Manufacturing & Development Inc. to build a new warehouse and purchase specialized equipment to meet the need for mining electrical equipment
  • $196,058 to Castle Glass & Mirror to expand its glass manufacturing operations
  • $146,065 to Resolution Machining to purchase specialized machinery for custom machining, fabrication, and welding
  • $8,475 to Wand Family Farm to purchase equipment and expand its cattle and lamb farming operations

Mate Dukovac, the general manager for Resolution Machining says the money has already helped the company purchase more machines to help them manufacture more items.

“We bought a new large band saw, a CNC brake press, and a CNC high definition plasma table as well as a large welder,” Dukovac said. “They’re all for manufacturing. We can do everything in house now and pricing has gone down and delivery prices have gone down.”

“This is a kick-start,” Dukovac added. “It’s made us from a smaller capability shop to a full-service shop.”

Because of the funding Dukovac says this funding will bring more work to his shop, meaning they will have to hire more people.