Government of Canada invests in Pickle Lake’s economic development

News release

FedNor funding helps support businesses and is expected to maintain or create 15 jobs in Northwestern Ontario

May 20th, 2022 – Pickle Lake, ON – Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario – FedNor

Ensuring that all Canadians benefit from and experience the successes of our country is central to the  strength of our nation. That is why we are dedicated to supporting rural municipalities in building their local economies. Through Regional Development Agencies like FedNor, the federal government is investing in communities to help small and medium-sized enterprises grow and create meaningful jobs for Canadians.

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced a Government of Canada investment of $216,548 to help create and maximize community economic development opportunities in Pickle Lake.

Provided through FedNor’s Community Investment Initiative for Northern Ontario (CIINO), the funding will enable Pickle Lake to retain an Economic Development Officer (EDO) on staff for an additional three-year period, and will maintain or create a minimum of 15 jobs. Building on the success the position has achieved to date, the EDO will undertake a variety of priority projects that will strengthen the economy, position the community for sustainable growth and prosperity, and build upon the local employment market. This includes the construction of a multi-purpose training and innovation centre, enhancing and developing recreation sites and facilities, downtown revitalization, and highway and airport commercial property development.

This announcement demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to families and their communities across the country. Initiatives like this will ensure that every part of Canada enjoys the same successes and quality of life, that rural and northern communities are able to participate in and help build Canada’s economic.


“Smaller communities like Pickle Lake often struggle to grow their economies. But when regions have the tools to support new business, strengthen economic development and create jobs, they stay vibrant and strong. Rural and small communities drive regional economies and critical to the economic success of our country. Our investment today will support Pickle Lake to continue their important work.”

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

“We appreciate FedNor’s support in helping our community thrive and grow. Pickle Lake is proud to call itself Ontario’s Last Frontier, and investments like this prove that the Government of Canada is dedicated to building and maintaining the quality of life everywhere in our country."

- Kayla Blakney, acting Mayor of Pickle Lake

Quick facts

  • The funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program (NODP)Community Investment Initiative for Northern Ontario which enables communities and First Nations to increase community and/or regional economic development initiatives, leading to increased business investment, job creation, and regional collaboration and partnerships.

  • Since 2015, FedNor has provided more than 179 million in NODP funding to support 477 projects, which helped create and maintain more than 8,300 jobs in communities and First Nations across Northern Ontario.

Associated links


Alison Murphy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor

Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario
Media Relations

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