The provincial government is supplying funding to two different sectors in the Nipissing District.
Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing, announced support for the region’s horse-related businesses through the Equine Hardship Program.
Up to $20,000 can be granted to a business to help cover expenses related to horses.
“Think about how many riding schools and horse farms you see as you drive around our region. We have a tremendous amount of agriculture activity,” said Fedeli. “We know that these businesses are important and their economic activity has dwindled.”
Eligible businesses can receive up to $2,500 per horse to cover costs of feed, water and veterinary care.
To be eligible, a business must have gained at least 50 percent of its revenue in 2019 from horse-related activities and prove the COVID-19 pandemic has created hardship.
Fedeli also announced $912,567 was granted to the City of North Bay through Ontario’s Gas Tax Program.
“This is excellent news for North Bay,” said Fedeli. “Funding for public transit will help make it easier to get where you need to go while supporting economic recovery in our community.”
The Gas Tax Program saw $375 million dispersed to Ontario’s 109 municipalities that feature public transit. Municipalities with public transit services in their community receive two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenue collected.