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September 19, 2014              400 years of French Presence in Ontario  -   Let’s celebrate!

September 16, 2014                  Celebrate Ontario 2015 is open for applications!

Celebrate Ontario is an annual program that helps festivals and events enhance their programs, activities and services. This support helps grow tourism in the province by making it easier for event organizers to offer new and improved experiences that will attract more tourists and increase visitor spending.

Organizers of festivals and events interested in applying to Celebrate Ontario 2015 must do so using the Grants Ontario  web-based application system.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Celebrate Ontario 2015 Application Guide carefully for detailed instructions on how to apply and for information on changes to this year’s program.

Information Sessions Are Back!

We are once again offering a series of online information sessions that will delivered via webinar using WebEx and teleconference to assist interested organizations in applying to the Celebrate Ontario 2015 program. Six sessions will be delivered through WebEx, available in English or French. Please register for your preferred date and time for participation in one or more of the Celebrate Ontario 2015 Information Sessions.

Regional Tourism Advisors are also available to help with any questions interested organizations might have about their Celebrate Ontario 2015 application.

The deadline to apply for Celebrate Ontario 2015 is November 6, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

The Celebrate Ontario Blockbuster category is available to support organizations bidding on and hosting major one-time events with operating budgets over $1 million. Application information is available on the Grants Ontario website. For additional information on this program, please contact Robert Sweeting at (416) 325-7426.

NEW for Celebrate Ontario 2015!

New for Celebrate Ontario 2015 is an opportunity for existing events with cash operating expenses of $1 million or more to apply for multi-year funding spanning two fiscal years (2015-16 and 2016-17). New events can not apply for multi-year funding.



July 15, 2014                          Property Purchase by the Township of Terrace Bay

TERRACE BAY, Ontario, July 15, 2014 - Mayor and Council of the Township of Terrace Bay are proud to announce the purchase of a substantial amount of land in our community by the Municipality. Over the past two years Council, administration and legal counsel have been working hard to secure key pieces of land that we believe are vital to the continued success of our Township. We learned earlier this year that our offer had been accepted through the court monitored process and today the purchase has been officially completed. We have secured approximately 1,085 acres of property formerly owned by Terrace Bay Pulp Inc. that includes the Aguasabon Golf Course, Terrace Bay Airport, as well as a portion of vacant land that includes a significant amount of waterfront.

Jody Davis, Mayor for the Township of Terrace Bay

"We are very excited about the completion of the purchase of this land. The golf course, airport, beaches and other property is crucial to the community’s success and ability to grow in the future. We feel this purchase enables the Township to explore future development opportunities including waterfront development. We look forward to working with Parks Canada (Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area), Ontario Parks (the Slate Islands Provincial Park) and the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists (Terrace Bay Nature Reserve) in the development of partnership opportunities.

M r. Jon Hall, Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of Terrace Bay

"This process began under the former CAO and I think his efforts combined with those of the current management team over the past year should be celebrated. Township administration has worked a very long time on this property purchase and the announcement today is definitely good news for the community.”

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Approximately 1,085 Acres in total was purchased. This includes the Aguasabon Golf Course, five white sand beaches, and the Terrace Bay Airport.

For more information on this press release, please contact: Jon Hall, Chief Administrative Officer
1 (807) 825-3315, x 232,

June 2, 2014 Service Excellence for Northern Ontario

June 2, 2014 Annual General Meeting


May 9, 2014 North Shore Network Celebrates 5th Anniversary

In May 2009, an inaugural meeting of regional economic development officers was held at the Superior North CFDC office in Terrace Bay. This was a very significant and first-time-ever meeting of every Community and Economic Development Officer in the region. The dynamic group gathered together to focus on “Thinking Regionally”. Common threats to growth in the Superior North region were discussed and the group worked to identify a list of potential regional projects. This was an exciting demonstration to all of the communities in the Superior North of the collaboration that was achieved in this land mark session.

Today marks five years of consecutive quarterly meetings of this dynamic group. Although the North Shore Network is facilitated by Superior North CFDC, it is the dedication and determination shown by every community’s Community Economic Development officer that drives this project. Over the past five years the group has grown to include new partners such as FedNor, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Northwestern Ontario Development Network, Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area representatives, Tourism Northern Ontario, North Superior Workforce Planning Board and Lakehead University.

During the last five years the North Shore Network has collaborated on numerous professional development activities, heard presentations from regional initiatives, collaborated on specific community projects, aligned community social media strategies, advantaged several new funding opportunities, and shared information on their individual communities.

Dean Main, Community Development Supervisor with the Township of Terrace Bay, comments “The North Shore Network is an opportunity to work with other communities for the betterment of Terrace Bay. By working with these regional partners, you can access more services, training and knowledge about regional initiatives.”

Michael Beno, Chair of the Superior North CFDC, comments “The North Shore Network has been instrumental in seeing various regional projects being developed through the partnerships between Federal and Provincial governments, communities, agencies and consultants. The current project being implemented is a Regional Tourism Initiative - a joint project between Superior North CFDC and the twelve communities that make up the Superior North Region from Dorion to Manitouwadge.”

For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Bourgeault at 807-825-4505.

May 9, 2014 North of Superior Workforce Planning Board
North Superior Workforce Planning Board launches its community Videos Project.

These resource tools were designed in response to community consultations in the region and are a part of the municipalities’ Workforce Attraction and Retention strategies.

The videos respond to needs identified by elected officials from rural municipalities indicating their on-going efforts to attract and retain skilled workers in their communities. Executive Director, Madge Richardson says "it is important to highlight the unique workforce needs and economic development opportunities within each community in our region“. “

Elaine Kerr, NSWPB Labour Co-Chair, states that The communities of Terrace Bay, Nipigon and Marathon will be able to utilize the video on their websites, social media, job postings, and other communication avenues in order to attract skilled workers into their communities which will be a tremendous asset to these communities”.

Frank Pullia, NSWPB Business Co-Chair, comments “this resource tool will provide additional avenues to these municipalities in their marketing initiatives and will assist in their capacity and ability to sustain their economy. We’re very pleased to play this instrumental role in bringing these videos to our regional partners and assisting them in their strategic priorities and actions.”

Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North said “By providing municipalities with the tools they need to attract and retain a strong workforce, they will be better positioned to capitalize on new and exciting opportunities for growth. I strongly support this effort being undertaken by the North Superior Workforce Planning Board.”

For additional information, the videos can be found on NSWPB website at: or by calling M. Richardson at (807) 346-2940. This project was conducted in partnership with and funded in part by contributions from the North Superior Workforce Planning Board; Townships of Marathon, Terrace Bay and Nipigon; and Employment Ontario. This project was made possible by a Superior North CFDC Local Initiatives Contribution – which is funded by FedNor. The views expressed in this document do not necessarily reflect those of Employment Ontario.

May 8, 2014 Franco-Festival Thunder Bay

May 7, 2014 Spin Master Innovation Fund - a CYBF Program
For the fourth consecutive year, the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) and Spin Master Ltd., Canada's most innovative toy company, are teaming up to offer financing, mentoring, access to specially designed workshops and more to innovative entrepreneurs through the Spin Master Innovation Fund.
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