Pickle Lake, Ontario — “The Harper Government is proud to invest in strategic initiatives that support the sustainable growth of Northern Ontario communities. Today’s announcement will assist the Township of Pickle Lake in its efforts to diversify and grow the local economy by capitalizing on emerging opportunities linked to the resource development sector,” said The Honourable Greg Rickford Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario
Minister Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor), announced today an investment to strengthen the economic outlook for the Township of Pickle Lake and position the community to capitalize on business and economic development opportunities related to the mining sector.
“On behalf of the people and businesses of Pickle Lake, I wish to thank the Government of Canada for investing to strengthen the economic foundation of our community. This targeted investment will be used to create an economic road map that will support local jobs and help us achieve our economic goals,” commented Mayor Karl Hopf Township of Pickle Lake.
The investment of $196,099, provided through FedNor’s Community Investment Initiative for Northern Ontario (CIINO), will enable the Township of Pickle Lake to establish a local economic development office and hire a full-time economic development officer for a three-year period. The officer will coordinate the development of a three-year strategic plan and investment readiness strategy, and support local marketing efforts. Identified as a local priority, this initiative will help attract private sector investment to the area and support business development and growth.
CIINO, a component of FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, helps eligible municipalities and First Nations hire staff on a term basis to facilitate the identification of opportunities and the management of local economic development efforts and collaboration with regional partners to strengthen the
Since 2006, through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, the Harper Government has invested $343 million in support of more than 1,645 These investments have supported more than 21,500 jobs throughout Northern Ontario.