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Ontario gives $10.5 million boost to forestry, mining sector

The cash is for businesses in Timmins, as well as the Cochrane and Timiskaming districts
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Minister Greg Rickford, right, and Timmins Mayor George Pirie at DJB Mining Products and Services in Timmins.

Provincial funding is helping a Timmins business grow its workforce.

The Ontario government has announced more than $10.5 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to help the forestry and mining sector in Timmins and the Cochrane district, as well as Timiskaming. The cash is creating 115 new jobs, according to the announcement.

DJB Mining Products and Services received $1 million to buy property and new mining equipment to expand its commercial and operational capacity. It also created six new full-time jobs.

Located in the west end of Timmins, the company offers custom welding and fabrication services, alignment boring, bucket repairs, and more to the mining industry.

"I would like to thank the Government of Ontario for investing and believing in our company. If it wasn’t for the Ontario government's help this year, we would not have been able to grow our workforce and increase production efficiency to better serve our customers. We are looking forward to working with the Province on future projects as well," said Daniel Brunet, DJB Mining Products president, in the announcement.

Bush Brothers Inc. received $184,178 to buy equipment and increase their log loading and hauling capacity, creating four new full-time jobs. Certarus received $5 million to expand its compressed natural gas service to mining and forestry companies. According to the province, the funding supports transitioning to a lower carbon economy and created 41 full-time jobs and five seasonal jobs.

In total, the $10.5 million announced supports 24 projects.

“Our government is proud to support Ontario’s mining and forestry sectors. These industries are the backbone of our northern economy, bringing good jobs and opportunities to hardworking people across northern Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, in the news release.

“Today’s investments are a reminder of our commitment to stimulate growth in every region of the north and ensure that northern Ontario is a place where businesses can thrive, expand and prosper.”