Provincial funding for a conference centre in Killarney will create five full-time jobs and 10 seasonal jobs, parliamentary assistant Dave Smith said on Wednesday.
On behalf of Greg Rickford, minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Smith announced Killarney Mountain Lodge will receive $400,000 for the construction of the Canada House conference centre.
Built with locally sourced logs and stone, the centre can accommodate 400 people with two large conference rooms, 10 breakout rooms, a fitness facility and two kitchens. The space serves both small and large groups for conferences and weddings.
“Our government is committed to creating good jobs and helping local economies grow,” Smith said in a release.
“We most definitely appreciate NOHFC in their commitment to assist in our vision of job creation and building a crown jewel (Canada House) in one of Canada’s crown jewels – Killarney, Ontario,” added Holden Rhodes, owner of Killarney Mountain Lodge. “This will go a long way in establishing Killarney as one of the best tourism destinations in Canada.”
On Tuesday, Smith announced provincial support for an infrastructure project in the Manitoulin District will mean the creation of one direct full-time job and nine indirect full-time jobs, parliamentary assistant Dave Smith said on Tuesday.
Again speaking on behalf of Rickford, Smith said the Wikwemikong Development Commission will receive $1 million to develop a light industrial park that, “will attract, establish and grow business on the Wiikwemkoong First Nation and in the surrounding community,” according to a release.
The project will help the community engage the private sector with opportunities to locate retail, service, manufacturing, distribution and assembly industries in an area that provides both commercial space and a labour pool, according to the province. The initial phase includes road and building construction, lot preparation, electricity delivery, and septic and water system installation.
Wikwemikong Development Commission will also receive $100,000 to produce an economic development plan for a pellet manufacturing plant in Nairn Centre. The plan will help determine the feasibility of building a plant capable of producing 150,000 metric tonnes of pellets per year, the government said. The pellets will be used as an alternative heating source, a technology touted as cleaner than fossil fuels.
While touring the Manitoulin Island area, Smith also visited Split Rail Brewing Company in Gore Bay, where he announced $52,000 in funding to expand production capacity to meet the growing demand products.
“We will continue to support promising projects like these that diversify our economy and develop strong, vibrant communities across the North,” Smith said in a release. “With these investments, we’re sending a strong signal that Northern Ontario is open for business and open for jobs.”