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Melillo reacts to Northern Ontario funding announcement

Melillo reacts to Northern Ontario funding announcement

MP Melillo calls on federal government to step up

KENORA, ONTARIO  ~~~~~  September 28, 2020 (LSN)   Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford announced funding through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) today, targeted at Northern Ontario businesses impacted by COVID-19. Thunder Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, Ontario 

Ontario Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford announced funding through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) today, targeted at Northern Ontario businesses impacted by COVID-19.

MP Melillo, the Conservative Party’s Shadow Minister for Northern Affairs and FedNor, is now urging the federal Liberal government to step up.

“I’ve been calling on the federal government to show this kind of leadership, but we’ve unfortunately seen very little action from the Liberals,” MP Melillo stated. “They’ve forgotten about Northern Ontario.”

MP Melillo noted that Northern Ontario’s tourism and hospitality sector may not recover until the Canada-US border re-opens, leaving many tourist camps, hotels, airlines, and other businesses in a precarious position. He added that many small businesses in Northern Ontario struggled to access existing COVID-19 supports due to exclusionary eligibility criteria.

MP Melillo has been advocating for additional supports since the beginning of the pandemic, writing letters to Liberal Cabinet Ministers in addition to public statements and private lobbying.

“The contribution from the province will go a long way in helping Northern businesses who have been hit hard by this pandemic,” MP Melillo said. “I won’t stop fighting until the federal government steps up as well.”

 

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