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FedNor becomes standalone agency

Announcement made at Science North this morning

The federal government has established the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, better known as FedNor, as a standalone agency.

FedNor previously operated as an initiative of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

The announcement was made at Science North this morning by Terry Sheehan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister responsible for FedNor, on behalf of the Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedNor.

“The people of Northern Ontario clearly expressed their desire to have a strong voice at the table and for the region to have its own independent agency,” said Joly, in a press release.

“We heard you. By making FedNor a standalone agency, we are giving it more autonomy over its administration, and more independence, ensuring it is well positioned to respond directly to the unique needs of businesses, organizations and communities across Northern Ontario.”

More to come.