FedNor plays key role

As the MP for Thunder Bay-Rainy River, I regularly travel across the region to meet with my constituents and to listen to the issues and priorities that are important to them.
The economy, infrastructure, jobs, and opportunities for their kids or grandkids are some of the key topics that come up most often.
I am proud to be working for a government that is taking action to address those priorities and many more that are top of mind for Canadians.
Since 2016, we have been making important investments in Thunder Bay-Rainy River, such as the rehabilitation of the Fort Frances Museum and Cultural Centre, building the Paul Kane Interpretative Trail at Quetico Park near Atikokan, and improvements to the recreation centre at Couchiching First Nation.
We are committed to doing even more.
Budget 2018 provides a clear vision on how we are moving the country forward on equality and growth for a strong middle class. I was especially pleased that, through our budget, we again were able to provide additional funding for FedNor, the Government of Canada’s lead economic development organization for Northern Ontario.
Through Budget 2018, FedNor will receive $28 million to support innovation and economic development in the region–this is in addition to a further $25 million announced as a part of Budget 2017.
This additional funding is important because FedNor is an effective catalyst for economic growth in Northern Ontario. It helps businesses become more competitive, innovative, and productive, and it works with communities to develop and diversify local economies.
This region has a long and rich history of resource-based industries. To stay relevant and competitive, and for the region to continue to thrive and grow, these industries must innovate.
This is not an easy task but FedNor plays a key role by supporting projects that lead the way to job creation, innovation, and economic growth in Northern Ontario.
Projects such as the Rainy River Market Square in Fort Frances are helping to grow the local economy, and will create well-paying jobs right here at home that can help the middle class grow and prosper.
Thanks to FedNor’s programs, services, and financial assistance, businesses across all sectors of Northern Ontario’s economy are increasing their competitiveness, viability and growth.
This month, our government released the Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario, a comprehensive innovation, economic development, and job creation plan for the region.
This plan supports the implementation of the national Innovation and Skills Plan and other federal priorities to ensure the region fully benefits from economic and job creation opportunities.
With input from more than 1,000 stakeholders, this will serve as an economic plan that will guide federal activities and investments in the region for years to come.
Our government will continue to collaborate with indigenous leaders, municipal and provincial governments, business owners, and other stakeholders to support the development and transformation of the economy of Northern Ontario for all Canadians living and working in the region.

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