The Northern Ontario Railway Museum and Heritage Centre (Greater Sudbury) will receive *more than $7,000 to restore a steel caboose as the show piece for visitors as they enter the downtown area of the Town of Capreol.
Eleven projects in Northern Ontario have qualified for $461,587.60 in funding under the provincial government’s Rural Economic Development (RED) program.
The province announced $3.3 million for 58 projects on July 23. RED funding is designed to help rural and Indigenous communities diversify their economies, retain skilled workers, invest in local infrastructure, and create jobs.
A list of the approved projects and their funding allotments follows.
- The Township of Assiginack (Manitoulin Island) will receive up to $11,250 to create a branding and marketing strategy.
- The Corporation du Developpement Communautaire et Economique de Dubreuilville (CEDC) will receive up to $35,086.50 to hire a consultant to develop a feasibility study for acquiring high-speed Internet for the community of Dubreuilville.
- The Northeast Community Network (Kapuskasing) will receive up to $88,800 to hire a consultant to develop and manage a private agricultural land assembly for the Cochrane District.
- Discovery Routes Trails Organization (North Bay) will receive up to $36,000 to hire a consultant to prepare a marketing strategy promoting the Voyageur Cycling Route.
- The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre will receive up to $88,521 to conduct a Northeast Food and Agriculture Market Study.
- The Northern Ontario Railway Museum and Heritage Centre (Greater Sudbury) will receive up to $49,823 to restore a recently acquired 1907 steam locomotive as the show piece for visitors as they enter the downtown area of the Town of Capreol.
- The Temagami First Nation will receive up to $98,694.08 to replicate the Outland Youth Employment Program model.
- The Corporation of the Township of Terrace Bay will receive up to $2,924.45 to purchase photography equipment to create visual contents in-house, to become competitive in the tourism industry.
- The Township of Nipigon's Waterfront Promotion Project will receive up to $6,700 to promote waterfront assets in new and existing markets through development of digital social media, radio, and print marketing initiatives.
- The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #145 – Atikokan will receive up to $13,316 in funding to update their legion's hall kitchen to increase attraction of local special events and create increased functionality of existing space.
- The Township of Pickle Lake will receive up to $30,472.57 to expand on their existing marketing plan and sector analysis through tourism promotion, an enhanced website and outreach to attract business and investment for this northern rural Ontario community.
Organizations applying for RED funding can apply under two streams.
Under the Economic Diversification and Competitiveness stream, the province will provide up to 50 per cent of the cost of projects that boost business, job growth and emphasize partnerships, up to $150,000.
Under the Strategic Economic Infrastructure Stream, the province invests up to 30 per cent of eligible project costs to a maximum of $250,000.
*A previous version of this story indicated that NORMHC would be receiving $49,000 for the restoration, in accordance with a press release shared with Sudbury.com. This has been corrected.