Government of Canada invests $200,000 to support the construction of Antoine Nation’s new multi-use facility


FedNor funding will help Antoine Nation build their first ever community-owned building, which will be dedicated to capacity building programs and services for community members

May 23, 2024 – Mattawa, ON – Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario – FedNor

Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing–Timiskaming, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing $200,000 to support the construction of Antoine Nation’s new 5,000 square foot multi-use facility. FedNor’s support will go towards building a commercial kitchen in the new facility. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services and Minister responsible for FedNor.

Funded through the Northern Ontario Development Program, the center would act as Antoine Nation’s first culturally appropriate headquarters for upcoming and future economic development initiatives. The center will support the delivery of programs in nationhood rebuilding, sustainable job creation, youth retention and job readiness education. The center will also support several other community activities such as resources stewardship, Algonquin medicine, sustainable lands management, Indigenous rights, business start-ups and relationship building with neighbouring communities.

Additional benefits include the creation of 14 jobs during the construction of the facility, skills training for 12 members of the community to acquire the skills necessary for work with Ontario Power Generation at dams in the area, and assistance for 12 members to start businesses in the hospitality and tourism sectors.

Strong, growing communities create strong economies. That is why the Government of Canada is proud to be investing in projects like this one, which supports community economic development, business growth, strategic planning, and job creation in Northern Ontario.



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