FedNor invests $10,000 in Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association

News release

Funding will help provide learning opportunities for 2023 conference attendees

April 26, 2023 – Thunder Bay, ON – Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario – FedNor

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced a FedNor investment of $10,000 in support of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) 2023 conference. FedNor’s support will contribute to keynote speakers at the conference who will provide quality learning opportunities and critical expertise for attendees.

The funds announced today are provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, through which 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.

Government of Canada support for not-for-profit municipal organizations is helping rural communities continue to grow while responding to challenges including impacts of the pandemic, transportation, and workforce development. Initiatives like the NOMA conference empower communities to address regional interests and to capitalize on advantages in Northwestern Ontario.


“Northern Ontario is built on the spirit of strong people leading resilient communities. The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association’s conference is a fantastic annual event that gives leaders from across the region a forum to learn and work together, creating opportunities to push forward on the needs of the region. FedNor is proud to make a contribution that helps ensure opportunity meets effort across our close-knit region.”

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

“The NOMA conference is all about creating a better future for our municipalities, and FedNor’s helps make that possible. This year’s theme of ‘New Beginnings from Lessons Learned’ means we’ll be focusing on learning opportunities, facing future challenges, and learning from the lessons of past leaders, and the contribution from the Government of Canada is going to help us bring in different experts and experiences for everyone to learn from.” 

-        Andrea Strawson, Executive Director of Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association

Quick facts

  • The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) conference typically attracts over 200 attendees from across Northern Ontario.

    • NOMA’s membership includes 37 municipalities and extends from as far west as the City of Kenora to as far east as the Town of Hearst.    
  • The theme for the 2023 NOMA conference is “New Beginnings from Lessons Learned” and will take place from April 26 to April 28.

Associated links


Zeus Eden

Press Secretary

Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu

Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor


Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario

Media Relations

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