Aboriginal Small Business Takes Flight With New Helicopter Service

by NationTalk on April 1, 2011892 Views

April 1, 2011

McGuinty Government Boosting Economy, Creating Jobs In Sault Ste. Marie Region

A new helicopter service will provide more flights within the Sault Ste. Marie region and the surrounding rural First Nation communities creating up to five new jobs.

Eagle Feather Air Inc. is introducing a helicopter service offering new flights, aerial surveys to identify fires and forest firefighting services with the support of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).This project is part of the government’s five-year Open Ontario plan to create jobs and economic opportunities in Northern Ontario.

“Provincial programs are helping local entrepreneurs develop new businesses in Sault Ste. Marie because we understand that companies, such as Eagle Feather Aviation, are strengthening the local economy and creating good jobs in the community. The 2011 Provincial Budget delivered on the province’s commitment to increase the fund to $100 million, which will be used to continue investing in vital community infrastructure and economic development projects that will enhance the quality of life in the North.”
– David Orazietti
MPP for Sault Ste. Marie

“Our government recognizes that small businesses are the mainstay of the economy of many northern communities. Through investments such as this one, we are helping northerners build successful careers, easier travel within the region, protecting our forests and ensuring the future prosperity of Northern Ontario.”
– Michael Gravelle
Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, and chair of the NOHFC

QUICK FACTS

> Ontario is investing $201,000 through the NOHFC’s Enterprises North Job Creation Program and Northern Ontario Entrepreneur Program.
> The company will acquire a helicopter and forest firefighting equipment, and make improvements to a hangar and offices.
> Eagle Feather Air’s helicopter service will operate from the Blue Heron Industrial Park.

LEARN MORE

> Read about the NOHFC’s programs
> Read about how to start a business

CONTACTS

• Joanne Ghiz
Minister’s Office
416-327-0655
joanne.ghiz@ontario.ca

• Michel Lavoie
Communications Branch
705-564-7125
michel.lavoie@ontario.ca

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