FedNor investing $1M in Science North to expand Northwestern Ontario presence
Two new centres - a new facility in Thunder Bay and an expanded facility in Kenora – will support 24 permanent jobs in the region
June 29th, 2022 – Thunder Bay, ON – Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario – FedNor
Northwestern Ontario’s thriving tourism industry is a key component of our region’s economy and has helped build strong and sustainable communities throughout. Investments in tourism directly stimulate local economic and growth opportunities, while also creating accessible and engaging ways for international and domestic travellers to explore Canada.
Today the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, announced a FedNor investment of $1 million in support of Science North’s expansion in Northwestern Ontario through the planning of two permanent tourism centres located in Thunder Bay and Kenora. Marcus Powlowski, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River, was also on hand for the announcement.
This funding will support Science North’s visitor experience design and program development, architectural schematic design development, and operating business plan development. With FedNor’s backing, Science North will establish a permanent facility in Thunder Bay, expand the Lake of the Woods Discovery Centre in Kenora, and expects to create 12 permanent full-time and 12 part-time direct jobs.
“Science North is a strong and important partner in Northwestern Ontario, creating good jobs and inspiring an interest in science for young people across our region. Adding two new permanent tourism centres -a new facility in Thunder Bay and an expanded permanent facility in Kenora - will ensure we can keep attracting and retaining people to our region, showing off all that we have to offer. FedNor’s $1 million investment will support 24 permanent jobs, enhance our tourism sector, and help Science North reach even more people!
- The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay–Superior North
“This investment is going to improve the lives of people here in Northwestern Ontario through new and better economic opportunities, but it’s also going to create new and exciting educational ventures that will sustain and expand our region’s growth. I’m looking forward to seeing the achievements and accomplishments this funding will help produce.”
- Marcus Powlowski, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River
“The FedNor funding announced today will help us to not only create opportunities for economic growth, but opportunities to expand the minds of children and adults alike across Northwestern Ontario. A permanent Science North presence in Kenora and Thunder Bay will serve over 80,000 people across Northwestern Ontario annually with innovative, unique and interactive science education experiences. Science North in all of Northern Ontario is a catalyst for the organization, weaving itself into everything that we do. We thank the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario and the Government of Canada for its continued support of this exciting project.”
- Jennifer Booth, interim CEO of Science North
FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program (NODP) supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, diversification, and business growth.
Since 2015, FedNor has provided more than 266M in NODP funding to support 759 projects across Northern Ontario.
Alison Murphy, Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor
Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario
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