Northern Ontario Heritage Fund provides $1 million to build Indigenous-focused child care center

Facility will improve access to licensed child care and parenting supports for Indigenous families in the area

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) will provide $1 million to Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services and the Waabinong Head Start Family Resource Center to build an Aboriginal-focused child care center in Sault Ste. Married.

The facility will create 24 jobs and provide educational programs for Indigenous preschoolers and their families that promote Anishinaabek culture and language.

For more information, please see the press release below.

The Government of Ontario is providing $1 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to Ontario Native Housing Services and Waabinong Head Start Family Resource Center to build a daycare center that provides educational programs to Aboriginal preschoolers and their families that promote culture and language in Sault Ste. Married.

“This $1 million investment to build this new facility will increase access to licensed child care and parenting supports for Indigenous families in the community,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Married. “In addition to building a modern facility that houses important essential services and supports for working families, this investment by our government will create 24 new jobs in our local economy.

The new daycare will provide a safe and secure learning environment, while allowing parents who participate in the program to access education and training for future employment.

“Availability of affordable, high-quality child care is essential to parents’ peace of mind as they go to school and work,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. “Our government is supporting Indigenous-centered child care to ensure that all families in Northern Ontario have access to the supports they need.

The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance for projects large and small, rural and urban, that stimulate growth, job creation and skills development. Since June 2018, the NOHFC has invested over $473 million in 4,244 projects across Northern Ontario, leveraging over $1.5 billion in investments and creating or maintaining over 6,679 jobs.

In 2021, the Ontario government launched new and improved NOHFC programs that support more projects in rural northern communities and make it easier for more people and businesses to apply. The programs target existing and emerging markets, provide more employment opportunities for Aboriginal people and address the shortage of skilled labor in the North.

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