Provincial Update: Ontario Launches Recovery Program for Northern Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Published September 29, 2020

Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs announced the creation of a new short-term Northern Ontario Recovery Program (NORP) to help businesses adapt to new COVID-19 public health guidelines and protect employees and customers. Companies can apply to NORP for assistance with projects that help them adjust to the impacts of COVID-19, such as, but not limited to:

  • Building renovations and new constructions
  • Customer and employee safety installations
  • Equipment purchases, including personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Marketing for new business initiatives
  • Restructuring of business operations

Eligible businesses can receive a grant of up to $25,000 to offset the associated costs.

Applications will be open from October 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020, with the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) administering the new program.

The current NOHFC program streams will close for applications as of September 30, 2020, to allow the NOHFC to focus exclusively on NORP funding applications.

Minister Rickford also announced plans for a new and improved NOHFC program to be launched in January 2021.

To read the news release, click HERE.