57 Timmins businesses share $1 million for COVID-19 Northern Ontario projects

Ontario Construction News staff writer

A total of 57 businesses in Timmins will share over $1 million for COVID-19 health requirements including building renovations, installation of safety equipment.

“COVID-19 has fundamentally changed our day-to-day lives and how we do business. That’s why our government is supporting small and medium-sized businesses as we safely and gradually reopen,” said MPP Greg Rickford, minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry.

Projects include:

  • $25,390 for Chenier Motors to install glass barriers and create a contactless pick-up and delivery department.
  • $25,000 for Total Martial Arts Center to purchase safety equipment, personal protective equipment and sanitizing supplies.
  • $10,127 for Dr. S. Coutts Medicine Professional Corporation to purchase personal protective equipment and computer equipment to assist with the provision of virtual care.

Applications for the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) were accepted until Nov. 20, 2020, and more than 1,300 businesses across Ontario have received funding.

The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more work opportunities for Indigenous people and address the skilled labour shortage in the North.

“The NORP funding was instrumental in helping me continue to serve the needs of medical patients in Timmins and Sudbury,” said Dr. Stephen Coutts. “I was able to purchase computer equipment to assist in the provision of virtual care to patients all over Northern Ontario. As well, I purchased personal protective equipment to be used by patients and health care providers and was able to provide in-person care.”


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