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NOHFC improves accessibility for Fort Frances and Alberton

The Ontario Government gives $86,000 to a local Fort Frances grocer and the Township of Alberton’s Fire Department.

FORT FRANCES – Through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the Ontario government has approved funding for two community upgrades, which will improve the quality of life for First Nations, Fort Frances, and the Township of Alberton.

Township of Alberton will be receiving $16,200 to replace their Firehall’s manually-operated garage door with a new, automatic garage door.

"Where seconds count in an emergency situation, the funding provided by NOHFC to install automatic doors will improve the Volunteer Fire Department response times while improving the health and safety of our valued volunteer brigade," said Mike Ford, Reeve, Township of Alberton.

The upgrade will decrease the response time of the emergency volunteers.

$69,400 will be granted to J.N. Webb & Sons Ltd. – a wholesale grocer in Fort Frances – for the expansion of its freezer and storage spaces.

"J.N.Webb & Sons Ltd. has been serving northwest Ontario for over 70 years,” said Larry Webb, Owner of J.N Webb & Sons Ltd. “With the assistance of the Ontario government and Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, we have been able to modernize our freezer and make our warehouse more efficient. We appreciate the support from the Province of Ontario in helping us make this happen."

With the expansion of their freezers and storage space, J.M. Webb & Sons Ltd. will meet the growing demand for fresh food among the First Nations community and tourist camps.

“Community investments that ensure safety and food security for those in remote and First Nations communities and strengthening infrastructure are key priorities for our government,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development. “Through these targeted investments, we are continuing to deliver on our work to make Fort Frances and the Township of Alberton – and all northern communities – stronger, more resilient and more prosperous.”

Clint Fleury

About the Author: Clint Fleury

Clint Fleury is a web reporter covering Northwestern Ontario and the Superior North regions.
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