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Ontario provides funding to food industry businesses in Thunder Bay Region

October 26, 2021 | By Maryam Farag

The Ontario government is providing over $2.2 million to support the agriculture, aquaculture and food processing of 13 businesses, and help Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation expand operations.

“Our government recognizes the importance and significance of local food sources to our wellbeing and economy,” said Greg Rickford, Minister, Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. “We are providing access to healthy food options for Northerners, and also cultivating business development, diversification and growth in the food industry across Northwestern Ontario.”

The following funding is being delivered through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation:

  • $500,500 for Roots to Harvest – a non-profit and charitable organization in Thunder Bay – to purchase the building it currently leases and renovate the space to include a community dining area and collaborative workspace for partner agencies.
  • $373,394 for North Highland Farm to purchase and expand a dairy farm in Kakabeka Falls
  • $189,000 for Superior Roti to establish a roti-making business in Thunder Bay
  • $171,149 for B & B Farms Thunder Bay in Rosslyn to increase its potato production capacity by purchasing equipment and expanding its facility
  • $158,012 for Thunder Bay Co-Operative Farm Supplies in Slate River to increase its fertilizer storage capacity by purchasing equipment and expanding its facility
  • $156,643 for Elite Beef to establish a meat processing plant in Thunder Bay that specializes in premium beef cuts
  • $137,221 for Woollysteer Ranch to establish a heritage breed cattle and pig farm in Nolalu
  • $124,000 for Heartbeat Hot Sauce Co. in Thunder Bay to increase its hot sauce production capacity by relocating to a larger facility and purchasing equipment
  • $123,225 for CharKuu 102 to establish a pig farm in Gorham that specializes in cured pork
  • $59,350 for Bluejay Meadows Farm to establish a mushroom, garlic and hay farm in Kakabeka Falls
  • $55,000 for St Paul Roastery in Thunder Bay to increase its coffee roasting capacity by purchasing equipment and expanding its facility
  • $52,500 for Silver Creek Farm to establish a cattle and pig farm in Kakabeka Falls
  • $43,501 for the Association of Community Pastures to establish three rotational grazing systems in O’Connor Township. The farming technique – new to Northwestern Ontario – divides a large pasture into smaller lots, allowing cattle to be moved from one lot to the next every few days. The technique promotes new vegetation growth, increased nutrient intake for cattle and better beef yields for farmers.
  • $37,500 for Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation to conduct environmental assessment work on developing rainbow trout open pen aquafarming at three potential sites on Lake Superior



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