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Land clearing contractor in Sturgeon Falls gets $400K boost


March 28, 2022
By CFI staff

Sturgeon Falls Brush and Contracting Limited, a land clearing contractor and forestry service provider in northeastern Ontario, is getting a $400,000 cheque for new equipment to diversify its operations.

The money is part of the Ontario government’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) that aims to boost economic development in northern Ontario.

“Promoting business expansion in our forestry and mining sectors helps these important industries and the companies that service them remain competitive, innovative and current,” Greg Rickford, Ontario’s minister of northern development, mines, natural resources and forestry, said in a statement. “These investments not only enable these companies to grow and thrive, but also bring good-paying jobs to the community.”

Jean-Pierre Martin, senior advisor with Sturgeon Falls Brush and Contracting Ltd., said the company is transitioning to the third generation of the 50-year old family business.

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“Realizing that a number of older operators had retired and left the forestry industry in dire need of new operators, our new CEO saw an opportunity to expand into conventional harvesting. With the assistance of NOHFC, we are in the process of acquiring the equipment needed to succeed and take advantage of these new opportunities in forestry and wood processing,” Martin said.

According to the government statement, since June 2018, NOHFC has invested more than $473 million in 4,244 projects in Northern Ontario, leveraging more than $1.5 billion in investment and creating or sustaining over 6,600 jobs.