THUNDER BAY – Patty Hajdu, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced an investment of $255,000 to help the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association recruit skilled workers, professionals, entrepreneurs and investors to Northwestern Ontario. The FedNor funding will enable the organization and its 32 municipal partners to connect and recruit potential newcomers for a variety of existing and emerging economic opportunities.
• The Thunder Bay Multicultural Association works on behalf of 32 regional municipalities to coordinate the Northwestern Ontario Immigration Portal. The organization has been highly successful: 95 percent of the newcomers it recruits stay in the region, and 90 percent of them find suitable career opportunities.
• The funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation.
“The Government of Canada recognizes that a qualified workforce is key to growing and diversifying the Canadian economy. Through this initiative, we are helping Northwestern Ontario communities attract the skilled employees they need to support their business and economic development goals,” commented Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor.