Today, Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs announced the creation of a new short-term Northern Ontario Recovery Program (NORP) to help businesses adapt to new COVID-19 public health guidelines and protect employees and customers.
Companies can apply to NORP for assistance with projects that help them adjust to the impacts of COVID-19, such as, but not limited to:
– Building renovations and new constructions
– Customer and employee safety installations
– Equipment purchases, including personal protective equipment (PPE)
– Marketing for new business initiatives
– Restructuring of business operations
Applications will be open from October 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020, with the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) administering the new program. The current NOHFC program streams will close for applications as of September 30, 2020, to allow the NOHFC to focus exclusively on NORP funding applications.
Minister Rickford also announced plans for a new and improved NOHFC program to be launched in January 2021. The new program will make it easier for more people and businesses to apply and support more projects in rural northern communities. The program will target both existing and emerging market opportunities, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the north.
Regional Economic Development Branch Advisor can be contacted for assistance by calling 1-866-711-8304
Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce clients can also call/email the following Northern Development Advisors
Mike Dunlop 807-629-6221 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Baker 807-823-0532 email@example.com