Local agriculture gets boost from province


Seventeen more jobs will be created for the local economy through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.

The Ontario government announced its investment of $319,522 in four local businesses to help create jobs and promote economic development and recovery in Fort Frances, Devlin and the Township of Chapple, on March 19.

“We are committed to developing resilient, vibrant communities by investing in a broad range of industries that are creating good jobs and opportunities for the people who live there,”said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines.

The following local projects will be receiving funds through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC):

  • $103,043 for KB Ranch to establish a livestock farming business in Devlin that sells beef, pork, chicken and hay. The project will create one full-time position and four part-time jobs.
  • $98,250 for Nickel Lake Lumber to purchase new equipment and expand its sawmill and logging business in Fort Frances. The project will create two full-time jobs.
  • $84,825 for CMM Maintenance & Millwright Services Inc. to bring its millwright services business to the Township of Chapple. The project will create four full-time positions and two part-time jobs.
  • $33,404 for Honey Berry Fruit Farm to establish a berry farm in Devlin that grows and sells different varieties of haskap berries. The project will create two full-time positions and two seasonal jobs.

In 1988, the NOHFC was established to help promote economic development across northern Ontario, according to their website.

Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $262 million in 2,549 projects in northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.1 billion in investment and creating or sustaining 4,771 jobs.

On February 11, 2021, the Ontario government announced the launch of four new NOHFC programs to support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the North.