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  • August 27, 2014

Slate River Dairy Local Milk, Cream and Yogurt Bottling Facility

Mauro announces Ontario Government NOHFC funding

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is working to build strong, prosperous northern communities through unique programs to help foster hope and opportunity across Northern Ontario.

With $500,000 support from the province’s NOHFC, Jim and Wilma Mol are adding a bottling facility to their Dairy Farm (Riverbend Farm) – called “Slate River Dairy”.

Investing in northern businesses is an important part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. A strong northern economy will help create a better Ontario, and will give the people of Northern Ontario more opportunities for jobs and economic prosperity.



“The agricultural community is a large employer and a significant part of the economy of my riding of Thunder Bay-Atikokan.  Additionally, local food and food security are becoming increasingly important to people.  Our government support for this new local enterprise is a positive investment for many different reasons, and I look forward to these locally-produced products reaching our market.”

—   Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan


"Slate River Dairy will start making local, natural, milk products from a sustainable family farm into fresh, non-homogenized milk, cream, and yogurt in returnable environmentally-friendly glass milk bottles. We are thankful to receive this NOHFC funding for our bottling facility so we, in return, can provide employment in the agriculture food sector here in Thunder Bay. We would like to thank MPP Bill Mauro and MPP Michael Gravelle for their support of our business venture.”

—   Wilma & Jim Mol, Owners, Riverbend Farm & Slate River Dairy


“Our government recognizes that small businesses are the mainstay of the economy for many northern communities.  Through investments such as this one, in Slate River Dairy, we are helping northerners build successful careers and ensuring the future prosperity of Northern Ontario.” 

—   Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC 



  • Since 2003, the NOHFC has invested $930 million in 6,055 projects in Northern Ontario, creating or sustaining more than 23,400 jobs.
  • In the Thunder Bay area alone, the NOHFC has committed $148 million to more than 1,200 projects, which have helped to create or sustain approximately 4,800 jobs in the region.




Find out about NOHFC and its programs:


For more information:

Bill Mauro, MPP
Thunder Bay-Atikokan 
(807) 623-9237(807) 623-9237                                         

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