Supporting Blueberry Industry
in Northern Ontario
Six communities on the Northeast shore of Lake Superior will benefit
from the development of a strategic business plan that will outline
new opportunities for blueberry production and processing in Northern
With support from Ontario's
Rural Economic Development Program, Northeast Superior Forest
Community Corporation is leading the initiative, which will:
- engage the communities in developing a blueberry production
and processing industry
- identify the best areas for blueberry crops
- provide a business model and environmental screening for cropping
- strengthen and diversify the local economy
The plan will focus on the communities of Dubreuilville, Chapleau,
Wawa, Manitouwadge, White River and Hornepayne.
A strong agri-food industry is part of the McGuinty government's
to create jobs and opportunities that will grow the province's economy.
"The McGuinty government is proud to support an initiative
which will create more demand for local food, and provide new
opportunities for blueberry growers and processors in Northern
Ontario. By supporting local food production, we're increasing
demand for Ontario food products, creating jobs and building a
Mitchell, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural
"This project will facilitate economic prosperity and stability,
create jobs and promote partnership to benefit our entire region.
Once completed, this will result in the first commercially operated
wild blueberry harvesting region in Ontario, which is something
community members can be proud of."
- Mike Brown, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin
"The Northeast Superior Forest Community and all of our
partners are very excited about the potential surrounding the
concept of developing a regional Wild Blueberry network and the
creation of a brand new agri-foods industry within our region.
Our organization is committed to finding new and innovative ways
of maximizing our forest resources and complimenting the existing
forest sector. Blueberries and other Non-Timber Forest Products
are abundant in our region, and we hope that the continued development
of these types of projects will help rebuild the Northeast Superior
- John MacEachern, Mayor of Manitouwadge
- Ontario has invested more than $167 million in 412 projects
through the Rural Economic Development Program and generated
more than $1.2 billion in new economic activity.
- Ontario gained more than 40,000 jobs in June, more than double
the number of jobs created in the United States.
- The unemployment rate declined to 7.7 per cent. Ontario employment
is now above its 2008 pre-recession peak.
- Since the HST was introduced last year, 114,000 jobs have
been created in Ontario, the majority of them full-time positions.
- In 2010, Ontario was named a top destination for foreign direct
investment in North America, second only to California. The
province attracted a total of 127 foreign direct investment
projects that created more than 11,200 jobs.
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