Government of Canada invests $1.6M in the Manitoulin, LaCloche and Espanola region

By Rosalind Russell – FedNor has announced funding to assist more than 100 businesses and create over 325 jobs in the Manitoulin, LaCloche and Espanola areas.

Last Friday in Mindemoya, Nickel Belt MPP Marc Serré, announced $1.6 million in FedNor funding for the local region for a five-year period.

He says the funding will enable the not-for-profit Community Futures Development Corporation to offer community and business support services and access to capital for businesses throughout the region.

LaCloche and Manitoulin Business Assistance Corporation Executive Director Carolyn Cambell says the commitment speaks volumes to their record of success in fostering new business starts and growth for established businesses.

Photo: LAMBAC is one of 24 CFDCs funded by FedNor to serve Northern Ontario businesses and communities. This not-for-profit organization has a mandate to provide business resources to support business development, distribute small business loans, and support community economic development. LAMBAC serves businesses in the area from Walford through to Nairn on Highway 17, from Espanola down Highway 6 through and including all of Manitoulin Island, and the municipality of Killarney. Government reps were in Mindemoya last Friday to make an announcement for investing in the local regions over the next five years. Photos provided.

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