FedNor invests close to $9.7 million to support key tourism projects across Northern Ontario – Northwest Region  

Backgrounder

Canada's tourism sector is an essential contributor to the Canadian economy. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the sector was generating $102 billion in annual economic activity, 1.8 million jobs and accounted for over two percent of GDP. However, the sector has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. During these challenging times, the Government of Canada is stepping up efforts to ensure that tourism businesses and organizations, as well as municipalities and Indigenous communities dependent on the sector, are resourced and ready to ramp up quickly to welcome back visitors.

In recognition of the United Nations’ World Tourism Day, held each year on September 27, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, announced FedNor investments totalling $9,654,641 to protect, strengthen and grow Northern Ontario’s tourism sector. Provided through the FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program (NODP) (identified below) and the Government of Canada’s Tourism Relief Fund (TRF), the investments will support 74 tourism projects in municipalities and Indigenous communities across the region.

For the full list of tourism projects supported by this announcement, please see the other two backgrounders separated by region:

Tourism initiatives supported by FedNor in Northwest Region

Kenora-Dryden-Rainy River

“Outdoor adventures are not only an important piece of the culture of Northwestern Ontario, but also provide an important economic driver through tourism. Thanks to these strategic investments, our government is helping people access and enjoy all the beautiful wilderness we have to offer while also creating jobs and reinforcing one of our region’s key industries.”

- Marcus Powlowski, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River

Manitou Mounds Foundation
$499,856

The Manitou Mounds Foundation (MMF) is receiving a non-repayable investment of $499,856 to revitalize the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre located at a National Historic Site of Canada.

City of Kenora
$354,375

The City of Kenora is receiving $354,275 to make improvements to McLeod Park and Husky’s Landing along the community harbourfront.

Seine River First Nation
$108,743

Seine River First Nation is receiving $108,743 to develop and install Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality components as part of an immersive cultural tourism experience at the multi-use cultural centre. This funding is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program.

Yellow Bird Lodge
$100,000

Yellow Bird Lodge is receiving $100,000 to build a multi-purpose building that will include a sauna, hot tub and indoor fitness facility.

Delaney Lake Lodge
$100,000

Delaney Lake Lodge is receiving $100,000 to build new staff living quarters, purchase two high-efficiency generators, and build a storage building for the new generators.

Border Country Outfitters
$100,000

Border Country Outfitters is receiving $100,000 to remodel and update their facilities.

Stanley’s West Arm Camp
$100,000

Stanley’s West Arm Camp is receiving $100,000 to renovate its cabins with new air conditioning units, complete winterization, and appliance replacements; upgrade the boathouse and deck; and undertake other facility and equipment improvements.

Wright’s Wilderness Camp
$100,000

Wright’s Wilderness Camp is receiving $100,000 to replace a cabin at its Gullrock Lake location.

Century Lodge
$100,000

Century Lodge is receiving $100,000 to upgrade its facilities with new docks, a new generator and fuel storage tanks, a new septic system, and a new cabin.

Wilderness Air
$100,000

Wilderness Air is receiving $100,000 to expand their facilities, and update and develop advertising materials.

Wiley Point Lodge
$100,000

Wiley Point Lodge is receiving $100,000 to redevelop a marina docking facility.

Gateway North Outfitters
$100,000

Gateway North Outfitters is receiving $100,000 to build new cabins at two locations.

Totem Lodge of Sioux Narrows
$100,000

Totem Lodge is receiving $100,000 to renovate the lounge/bar and kitchen.

Empower Conditioning
$100,000

Empower Conditioning is receiving $100,000 to support the operation of retreats and events, and to increase marketing infrastructure.

Pine Cliff Lodge
$100,000

Pine Cliff Lodge is receiving $100,000 to support renovations and upgrades to the kitchen and guest reception area, including the lodge retail space.

Red Deer Lodge
$100,000

Red Deer Lodge is receiving $100,000 to design and install a certified, all-season septic system.

Pine Acres Camps and Outfitters
$100,000

Pine Acres Camps and Outfitters is receiving $100,000 to upgrade the camping and RV areas at its seasonal hunting lodge, and to update highway signage to reflect the improvements.

The Outpost Company
$100,000

The Outpost Company is receiving $100,000 to purchase and install a modular building to provide additional staff quarters.

Woman River Camp
$99,500

Woman River Camp is receiving $99,500 to support upgrades to the infrastructure, equipment, and the main facility.

Rainy River Future Development Corporation
$99,000

Rainy River Future Development Corporation is receiving $99,000 to develop tourism products and increase marketing and promotion efforts as part of the Fort Frances and Rainy River District Tourism Development Marketing Plan. This funding is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program.

Camp Narrows Lodge
$87,500

Camp Narrows Lodge is receiving $87,500 to upgrade amenities including new docking, separate staff quarters, and additional eating and social areas to support expanded, year-round services.

Bamaji Air
$87,500

Bamaji Air is receiving $87,500 to expand and renovate the hangar building to allow separate departure,  arrival, and staff-only areas.

Duck Bay Lodge
$87,500

Duck Bay Lodge is receiving $87,500 to build a staff/utility cabin at its camp on Lake of the Woods.

Township of Chapple
$72,000

The Township of Chapple is receiving $72,000 to construct an outdoor tourism facility on the waterfront. This funding is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program.

Clarke and Crombie Camps
$50,000

Clarke and Crombie Camps is receiving $50,000 to build a new fish cleaning house and renovate one cabin.

MS Kenora
$50,000

MS Kenora is receiving $50,000 to upgrade e-commerce and advertising materials, including billboard upgrades, website development, and expansion of online sales and non-contact payment processing.

Big North Lodge
$49,270

Big North Lodge is receiving $49,270 to install energy efficient heat pumps, solar power systems, solar fridges, and two new sewage systems.

Green Adventures
$40,000

Green Adventures is receiving $40,000 to expand its tourism programming to include land-based ecotourism and Indigenous knowledge-based experiences.

Hawk Lake Lodge
$33,363

Hawk Lake Lodge is receiving $33,363 to install a fire suppression system on the grounds of their fishing lodge.

Five Lakes Lodge
$20,000

Five Lakes Lodge is receiving $20,000 to winterize an existing cabin and to purchase and install a new dock.

Vermillion Bay Lodge
$15,000

Vermillion Bay Lodge is receiving $15,000 to complete the construction of two new screened-in porches on existing cabins.

Thunder Bay

Magnus Theatre Company Northwest
$750,000

Magnus Theatre is receiving $750,000 to build a studio theatre within the existing facility; renovate the theatre’s patron lounge; and retrofit existing building components, systems, and theatre performance equipment. This funding is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program.

Nokiiwin Tribal Council
$115,956

The Nokiiwin Tribal Council is receiving a non-repayable investment of $115,956 to develop and implement a tourism strategy for its member communities and their tribal council area. This funding is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program.

Wildwaters Nature Tours and Expeditions
$100,000

Wildwaters Nature Tours and Expeditions is receiving $100,000 to install solar panel systems as well as electrical appliances and equipment at fly-in locations.

Federation of Ontario Naturalists
$45,515

The Federation of Ontario Naturalists is receiving $45,515 to hire a tourism coordinator to increase tourism in Northwestern Ontario by building stronger ties between the tourism sector in the region and the outdoor community in the Greater Toronto Area. This funding is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program.

Boreal Forest Outfitters
$36,620

Boreal Forest Outfitters is receiving $36,620 to design and install a micro-grid solar electric power system.

Township of Red Rock
$22,500

The Township of Red Rock is receiving $22,500 to complete a Business Development Study for a proposed Recreational Vehicle (RV) campground on their waterfront. This funding is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program.

Township of Manitouwadge
$12,600

The Township of Manitouwadge is receiving $12,600 to support the relocation of their Tourist Information Centre.

North of Superior Travel Association
$10,000

The North of Superior Travel Association is receiving $10,000 to create a five-year tourism marketing plan for the Township of Terrace Bay.

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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