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Ontario Launches Recovery Program

Ontario Launches Recovery Program for Northern Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Posted on 09/28/2020
Ontario Launches Recovery Program for Northern Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Posted on September 28, 2020

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.

“As the province continues to respond to the ongoing challenge of the global pandemic, our government will continue to support our business owners, entrepreneurs and workers,” said Minister Rickford. “There is no denying that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on businesses throughout Northern Ontario and this program will deliver targeted funding so they can continue to serve their communities."

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.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects – big and small, rural and urban – that stimulate recovery, growth, job creation and skilled workforce development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested more than $193 million in 1,386 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $748 million in investment and creating or sustaining 3,912 jobs.

Additional Resources

You are encouraged to contact your MNDM representative as soon as possible as the overall funding is limited. The contact information is listed below.

Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines
General enquiries: 705-670-5755
Toll-free: 1-888-415-9845
TTY: 1-866-349-1388
Media enquiries: 416-314-6275 or
Fax: 705-670-5818

Northern Development Division
Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation
General Inquiry: 705-945-6700
Toll Free: 1-800-461-8329