KENORA, ONT. — The Kenora-Rainy River region will be receiving $498,000 through the Ontario government’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation in an effort to help increase tourism, boost economic development and create 13 new jobs.
Investments include $400,000 for Big Grassy Logistics Genpar Inc. (BGL), a freight carrier located in Morson, to expand its current fleet of trucks and trailers. The project will create 12 full-time jobs and support the cargo-carrying needs for New Gold Inc.’s Rainy River Mine, indicates a release.
The government will also provide $98,000 for the Township of Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls to transform its existing roadside rest stop on Highway 71 into a tourist destination. Upgrades include improved signs, landscaping, a new information kiosk and picnic shelter, and an accessible pathway to the water and lookout over the falls, adds the release. It will create one new seasonal job.
“As our province safely and gradually reopens, we are proud to work together with northern communities and businesses to drive economic growth and job creation in the far corners of Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, minister of energy, northern development and mines, in a release. “Together, we are developing resilient, vibrant communities in Northern Ontario and creating real opportunities for the people who live here.”