The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources, and Forestry has released their Northern Ontario Resource Development Fund (NORDF).

The fund will provide $15 million annually over the next five years to northern Ontario municipalities to support investments in local infrastructure.

Minister of NDMNRF, Greg Rickford, said in an interview that the funds were well received by municipalities across the province.

“This is a fund that recognizes that towns and cities across the region take a hit or have some impact on their infrastructure small and larger-scale projects. Very well recieved” said Rickford.

“It’s not going to pay for the whole project, but it is intended to be a top-up for some of those projects on infrastructure that just take a beating because of forestry or mining activities,” Rickford added

Rickford also added municipalities don’t have to use the money each year.

“The nice features are that it’s simple, you can save it, and you can stack it. The three S’s”

In total the Kenora-Rainy River riding will receive around $7.5 million over the next five years.

Below are the allocated fund amounts to municipalities in the area:

Kenora - $322,292

Dryden - $179,455

Sioux Lookout - $140,608

Red Lake - $129,859

Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls - $97,757

Machin - $74,636

Ear Falls - $70,163

Municipalities can make their pitch to the province on December 7, 2021.

Funding for year one will be distributed to eligible municipalities by March 31, 2022.