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FedNor investment to create jobs and accelerate business and economic growth in Temagami First Nation

July 17, 2018 – Temagami First Nation, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario - FedNor

Families and businesses in the Temagami First Nation will benefit from new economic opportunities thanks to a Government of Canada investment of close to $300,000. This strategic investment will enable the Temagami First Nation to extend three-phase electrical services to Bear Island.

The funding was announced today by Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing–Timiskaming, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor.

Once the project is complete, it will pave the way for the development of a new multi-use facility and business centre, as well as the development and construction of 17 new homes and a 10-unit residence for the community’s Elders.


“Our government is proud to invest in key infrastructure initiatives that create middle-class jobs and accelerate growth in Northern Ontario’s Indigenous communities. This targeted investment will support a strong economy by helping to maximize social and economic opportunities in Temagami First Nation.”

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

“The Government of Canada is pleased to invest in Temagami First Nation to bring three-phase electrical service to Bear Island. By assisting the community to deliver on this strategic infrastructure initiative, we are helping to strengthen the economic outlook for all Indigenous families and businesses in the region.”

- Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing–Timiskaming

“We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada through FedNor to further position the Temagami First Nation as open for business. Today’s announcement clearly demonstrates that the federal government recognizes the unique needs of Indigenous communities by investing in our social and economic future.”

- Arnold Paul, Chief, Temagami First Nation

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.

  • The recently released Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario outlines the Government of Canada’s approach to ensure the region can fully benefit from the national Innovation and Skills Plan. It is focused on three key economic development areas: supporting innovation; growing companies; and building stronger communities.

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Barclay Babcock
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