FedNor invests in municipality networking and resource sharing in the North

News release

Investment of $10,000 to help organize the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities 2022 Conference

April 26, 2022 – North Bay, ON – Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario - FedNor

Strong communities are one of the key pillars of thriving local economies, which is why it’s important to work closely with our many partners at the local level to help them attract investment, diversify the regional economy and create jobs. Through its regional development agencies, such as FedNor in Northern Ontario, the Government of Canada is investing to help communities recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, announced that the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) will receive $10,000, through FedNor,  to organize and host a Northeastern Ontario Municipal Conference from May 9-11, 2022 in North Bay.

Municipalities in Northeastern Ontario are facing a number of challenges post COVID-19, including a lack of skilled workers, insufficient broadband coverage, youth outmigration, an aging population and a declining tax base. This conference will help municipalities to gather and share best practices in their recovery efforts and for economic development. The Northern Ontario Development Program funding is being used to offset conference costs associated with promotion, delegate kits, printing, translation and signage.

Northern Ontario has been hard hit by COVID-19 and today’s announcement is further proof of the Government of Canada’s commitment to support innovative entrepreneurs, businesses and start-ups so they can overcome the impacts of COVID-19, ramp up quickly and fully participate in our economic recovery.

Quotes

“It is important for Northern Ontario communities to maximize limited resources by collaborating with each other to strengthen our local economy. The 2022 FONOM Conference will provide the approximately 250 attendees with an opportunity to network, problem solve and learn from each other to address common challenges.”

- The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor

“FONOM’s annual conference enhances opportunities for collaboration and positions Northeastern Ontario to better respond to economic impacts including those brought on by COVID-19. Today’s announcement will help member communities improve the economic and social quality of life for residents in their respective regions.”

- Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing—Timiskaming

“We are grateful for FedNor support that will enable member municipalities to meet in person for the first time in two years. Together, we will explore more efficient ways to find solutions to local issues and showcase best practices and economic development initiatives that address our current economic challenges.”

- Danny Whalen, President, FONOM Board of Directors

Quick facts

  • Through its Northern Ontario Development Program, FedNor invests in projects led by municipalities, First Nations, and other organizations and institutions that support community economic development, diversification, job creation and self-reliant communities in Northern Ontario.

  • The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) is the unified voice of Northeastern Ontario, representing and advocating on behalf of 110 cities, towns and municipalities. Its mission is to improve the economic and social quality of life for all Northerners and to ensure the future of the region’s youth.

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Contacts

Alison Murphy, Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor
Alison.Murphy@sac-isc.gc.ca

Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario
Media Relations

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