The Ontario government is providing more than $4.8 million to help 271 businesses adapt to COVID-19 public health guidelines in the Sudbury region.
The funding is being delivered through the Northern Ontario Recovery Program (NORP) and will support building renovations, installing safety equipment, and purchasing personal protective equipment.
“Our government is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with northern business owners, entrepreneurs, and workers in the Sudbury region,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. “COVID-19 has fundamentally changed our day-to-day lives and how we do business, and this funding represents a significant and welcome boost to the local economy.”
Funding for businesses includes:
– $25,000 for The Cedar Nest Cafe Inc., a local restaurant in Sudbury, to expand operations, purchase personal protective equipment, and develop marketing strategies
– $25,000 for Rezplast Manufacturing Ltd., a fiberglass and plastic manufacturer in Sudbury, to upgrade its ventilation system, make renovations, and purchase personal protective equipment
– $25,000 for Walden Equipment Ltd., a mining equipment reseller in Lively, to expand its yard workspace, reconfigure the shop’s layout, and purchase a trailer for lunch/change room space for employees
“Small and medium-sized businesses operating in the North already experience a unique set of challenges, said Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing. “This funding is critical to Sudbury’s economic recovery and competitiveness, and demonstrates our government’s commitment to Northern Ontario businesses, communities, and families.”