Minister Michael Gravelle Opens Opportunity

Minister Gravelle at Announcement

Opening New Business Centre  in Wikwemikong

Minister Michael Gravelle MPPTHUNDER BAY – Minister Michael Gravelle, the Minister for Northern Development and Mines states, “I am very pleased that our government continues to support important investments that are creating new jobs and improving the lives of countless families across Northern Ontario. Through the NOHFC, our government is helping residents in Wikwemikong build solid careers that will support a strong local economy.”Ontario is helping to build a stronger, more diverse northern economy, while creating jobs in Wikwemikong on Manitoulin Island.

With support from the province’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the Wikwemikong Development Commission (WDC) is building a 9,000-square foot small business centre to accommodate six new businesses in the community.

The WDC’s existing facility is at capacity, and the addition of this new facility will further diversify the local economy and bring new jobs to the region.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is providing $1 million to the Wikwemikong Development Commission through the NOHFC’s Infrastructure and Community Development Program.
  • Since 2003, NOHFC has approved over $16,381,706 in funding for Manitoulin Island, including 121 projects and created and retained 186 jobs.
  • Since 2003, the NOHFC has invested approximately $852 million in more than 5,500 projects across Northern Ontario. Those investments have leveraged more than $3 Billion and helped create or sustain some 22,400 new jobs.

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