TORONTO — The Province of Ontario has announced spending on a commercial development plan, training, an economic development plan and renovations to a day care in four First Nations communities in northern Ontario.
First, through the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund (AEDF) and the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program (ACCGP), the province has allocated funds for a mixed-use highway commercial development plan for Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek First Nation that includes identifying businesses and services best suited for the geographical area.
The fund and program will also be used to create a training plan for entrepreneurs in the cultural tourism sector intended to benefit members of the Eabametoong First Nation and surrounding communities. There will also be an economic development plan for the Missanabie Cree First Nation to explore the diversification of its economy and major renovations that will help the Pic Mobert First Nation’s day care meet the Child Care and Early Years Act requirements.
Through the AEDF, Ontario has provided $100,000 to the Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek First Nation, $36,952 to the Eabametoong First Nation and $66,254 to the Missanabie Cree First Nation. Through the ACCGP, Ontario provided $283,543 to the Pic Mobert First Nation.