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$451,800.00 OTF Grant Encourages Entrepreneurship in Northern Ontario Youth

On Friday July 7th, North Claybelt CFDC/ Head Start in Business welcomed members of the public to a funding announcement held at Youth Enterprise Camp “Business for A Day”. Émilie Lemieux, representative for the office of local MPP Gilles Bisson, was on hand to congratulate North Claybelt CFDC- Head Start in Business program, and to view products produced by Youth Enterprise Campers.


North Claybelt has been an active and important part of our community for many years.  This grant will allow them to continue to work with community partners and ensure our Youth are well prepared for future business opportunities,” said Gilles Bisson, MPP for Timmins-James Bay. “We can never underestimate the power of our youth and the programs offered through Head Start in Business will continue to allow them to develop their skills and ensure their success.”


Head Start in Business (HSIB) is a collaborative project of 24 Community Futures Development Corporations across Northern Ontario that encourages youth to explore and expand their entrepreneurial potential while remaining in Northern Ontario. Young people are aware of the entrepreneurial option resulting in the development of a more prosperous, vibrant and innovative Northern Ontario Economy. Over 25,000 youth have taken part in one or more of our programs.


I would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the support for our youth and for the efforts of Community Futures organizations across Northern Ontario. This funding will ensure the ongoing operation of our Head Start in Business initiative, enabling CFDCs and our community partners to offer programming that will continue to develop a culture of entrepreneurship in our youth.’’ Claude Babin, President, North Claybelt CFDC


The impact of this grant cannot be underestimated” said HSIB Program Manager, Cindy Reasbeck , “There is a disconnect between those people who think about starting a business and those who actually do it. By giving young people positive experiences and the tools they need, we’re helping to instil confidence. By starting with very young children, we can plant a seed to develop an entrepreneurial culture that over time will bridge the gap between thinking and doing”

An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. For a full list of all programs offered by Head Start in Business visit their website at