Northern Development

By providing a northern perspective, the Northern Development Division helps northerners build stronger, more prosperous economies and sustainable communities while addressing the unique regional circumstances of our vast, resource-rich land.

  • We deliver Ontario government programs, services and information across the North.
  • We promote economic growth, infrastructure enhancements and investment in Northern Ontario. We also market the North on the global stage to attract investment dollars and open new export opportunities for northern businesses.
  • We ensure that government policies and programs reflect a northern perspective by gathering input from northern citizens and providing a voice for them in government decision-making.

Business Support

Are you thinking of starting or expanding a business in Northern Ontario? We offer:

  • Financial help through a variety of programs.
  • Guidance from local northern development professionals.
  • Online information and forms for businesses.

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Community Support

Northern municipalities and not-for-profit groups can face unique challenges when planning community development projects. We can help through:

  • A variety of programs that offer financial aid.
  • Guidance from local northern development professionals.

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Youth Support

Are you a young person looking to start and build your career in Northern Ontario? We offer programs to help you meet your goals.

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Transportation Support

In Northern Ontario, vast distances separate communities and key market areas. Highways and railways are economic and social lifelines. That’s why we support Northern Ontario’s roads and highways through a number of northern transportation programs.

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Trade and Investment Support

The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) works with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade to attract new investors to Northern Ontario and helps businesses explore international exporting opportunities.

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