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  • July 25, 2017

Building Up Northwestern Ontario with Innovative New Programs and Services

Province Supporting Local Projects Through Ontario Trillium Foundation

Ontario is supporting 204 new and innovative projects that will respond to local needs and help build stronger communities across the province.

In Thunder Bay, the province is supporting the following projects at the idea or conceptual stage: 

  • Lakehead Social Planning Council will receive $74,000 for the delivery of a program that offers shelter to homeless individuals during the coldest months.
  • Nishnawbe Aski Nation will receive $75,000 to develop a prototype greenhouse unit with the assistance of Indigenous youth.
  • New Directions Speaker School will receive $60,000 to develop and deliver an environmental career summer internship program.
  • Long Lake #58 First Nation will receive $54,000 to deliver services to empower the homeless in the Community towards enhanced financial stability. 

Projects are part of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Seed Investment Stream, which helps communities meet local needs through ideas and projects and approaches, such as helping people find work, helping newcomers settle in a community or helping volunteer organizations boost their membership. 

Supporting strong, healthy communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. 


“I’m pleased our government is supporting these valuable projects in Northwestern Ontario through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s seed and collective impact grants. The funded projects are new and innovative -- and I look forward to seeing the positive impact they will have on our residents and community.”

Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay – Atikokan 

“Our government recognizes the importance of helping communities respond to local unique needs. The projects announced today demonstrate the versatility and scope of this fund with new and innovative ways of addressing local needs to benefit the community.”

— Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“The Ontario Trillium Foundation is proud to support projects that explore opportunities that strengthen communities through the Seed and Collective Impact Investment Streams. We are always encouraged by the diversity and quality of the initiatives in communities, and we know great things will come from these projects.”

Tim Jackson, Board Chair, Ontario Trillium Foundation


  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations.
  • Since 2013, the Ontario Trillium Foundation has invested over $444 million in projects to help build healthy and vibrant communities.
  • Sixteen Grant Review Teams across Ontario; composed of active community-based volunteers, review applications and guide granting decisions for the OTF.
  • OTF publishes its granting data in a raw, machine-readable format to help drive innovation and collaboration. This aligns with Ontario’s Open Government commitment to increase transparency by making government data more publicly available.      


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