Northern Ontario businesses benefit from new export and growth opportunities 

News Release

$488,901 from the Government of Canada to help create jobs and opportunities in Northern Ontario’s agriculture, agri-food and equine industries

October 27, 2017 – Warren, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario - FedNor

Northern Ontario farmers, agri-food producers and equine businesses will gain access to important new markets and growth opportunities as a result of a Government of Canada investment of $488,901. This investment will enable Economic Partners Sudbury East - West Nipissing to establish the 17th annual Northern Ontario Agri-food Pavilion at the 2017 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, one of the largest agricultural fairs in the world.

The FedNor funding was announced today by Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor.

The 7000-square-foot pavilion will assist more than 50 Northern Ontario businesses to showcase their products and services to the more than 320,000 people expected to visit the fair this year. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair takes place from November 3 to 12, 2017, at the Enercare Centre in Toronto.


"The Government of Canada recognizes the unique needs of Northern Ontario and is investing in strategic initiatives to create a stronger middle-class and accelerate growth in key sectors of the regional economy. The Northern Ontario pavilion will help local producers gain exposure, access new markets and form strategic alliances that will help maximize export opportunities."

- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor

"Establishing a strong presence at the Royal Winter Fair creates a world of opportunities for Northern Ontario businesses by shining the international spotlight on some of the very best our region has to offer. This investment will help more than 50 Northern Ontario small-and medium-sized businesses increase sales and grow their operations by showcasing their products and services to consumers, industry representatives and potential investors from around the globe."

- Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt

"We are excited to lead this important initiative to help Northern Ontario businesses increase sales and expand their reach by gaining access to southern Ontario and international markets. Our region has a wealth of competitive agriculture, agri-food and equine businesses and Economic Partners is proud to help build consumer awareness and create commercial opportunities for their products and services."

- Claude Bouffard, Board Chair, Economic Partners Sudbury East - West Nipissing

Quick Facts

  • 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 throughout the region.

  • Economic Partners Sudbury East - West Nipissing is one of 24 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) funded by FedNor to serve Northern Ontario businesses and communities. CFDCs are community-based, not-for-profit organizations run by volunteer boards and staffed by experienced business and economic development professionals.

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