Over $2.1 million in provincial funding is going to several projects in the region.
Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing, announced the money from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHFC) on Friday morning.
“Together with our partners, we’re building strong vibrant communities, we’re creating real opportunities for people living in the north. We’re keeping the region competitive (and) we’re improving the quality of life for our families,” he says.
Over $270,000 goes to Nipissing First Nation (NFN) to purchase and install three cold-climate greenhouses.
Chief Scott McLeod says NFN has seen a lot of development recently, noting that investments made through partnerships with various government organizations have a deeper meaning.
“This is reconciliation in action,” he says. “This is helping us get into the economy, get into developing our own capacities within Nipissing First Nation and being independent, doing what we’ve always wanted to do. That is not being marginalized, but being a part of the mainstream.”
The full list of projects receiving NOHFC funding include:
- $548,360 for the Municipality of East Ferris to renovate and upgrade the East Ferris Community Centre and Arena.
- $495,480 for the Township of Bonfield to develop parkland for recreational use, including a splash pad.
- $447,428 for the Town of Mattawa to renovate and expand the Mattawa Museum.
- $272,217 for the Nipissing First Nation to purchase and install three cold-climate greenhouses.
- $172,923 for the Temagami First Nation to install fibre optic-based broadband infrastructure for improved internet access.
- $171,212 for the Anishinabek Nation to develop an economic blueprint to support its capacity building and development initiatives.
- $90,000 for the Canadian Ecology Centre – a non-profit outdoor environmental education and conference centre – to renovate and upgrade its facilities.