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Province offers $1 million boost to digital tech in north

Thunder Bay, Kenora companies net over $500k in new NOHFC grants focused on digital technology
Greg Rickford
Minister of Northern Development Greg Rickford announced $1 million in NOHFC grants focused on digital technology in the north on Friday. (File photo)

KENORA – The provincial government is investing over one million dollars in digital technology in northern Ontario, with over half of that assistance going to companies in Thunder Bay and Kenora.

Minister of Northern Development Greg Rickford said the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) grants represented an investment in the diversification of the region’s economy in a release issued on Friday.

KBM Resources Group, a Thunder Bay-based natural resources consulting firm, received just under $290,000 to purchase “state-of-the-art” aerial survey and mapping equipment and software.

Upstart Border Giant Inc., an emerging Thunder Bay eCommerce company serving individuals and small business, netted nearly $140,000 to help establish its customs broker and parcel service operations.

FSET Inc., a Kenora IT software development and services company, received $91,000 to support an expansion of its operations with the purchase of a new building.

Other grants supported software and mobile app development in Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay, and the Waabnoong Bemjiwang Association of First Nations.


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