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Ontario funds COVID protection, relief projects in Thunder Bay

Ontario funds COVID protection, relief projects in Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, ONT. —The Ontario government has announced spending of $3.8 million to be allotted to businesses in the Thunder Bay region for protection against COVID-19.

The allocation is being delivered through the Northern Ontario Recovery Program and will be spent on personal protective equipment (PPE), installation of safety equipment, renovations and new construction, stated a recent release.

Projects to be funded include:

∙ $25,000 for Best Western Plus Nor’Wester Hotel and Conference Centre to buy PPE, install safety equipment such as plexiglass barriers and floor markings, and purchase equipment such as computer hardware and software to enable virtual meetings and conferences.

∙ $23,130 for Canada West Maple Products to develop a marketing strategy, purchase PPE, renovate and install safety equipment such as sanitizer stations.

∙ $13,722 for Thunder Bay Hydraulics to purchase PPE and safety equipment such as air purifiers, install plexiglass partitions in its retail space, and develop a digital marketing campaign.

“The COVID-19 pandemic was devastating to our existing core business model of in-person farmers market and restaurant sales,” said Sean Murray, president and CEO of Canada West Maple Products, in a statement. “As a result of this funding, we have secured large contracts with businesses outside of northern Ontario, allowing us to not only recover, but grow our business substantially and increase employment.”

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