Economic Development

Economic Development

102 Durham Street


Phone: (807) 822-2450 ext. 202

Economic Development Committee Members

Board of Directors

Chair - Angelo Bazzoni

Vice-Chair - Dave Riehl

Secretary - Charles Alderson

Treasurer - VACANT

Board Member - Linda Houston

Board Member - David Jensen

Board Member  - Louise Seguin

Board Member - 


Town Council Representatives

Rob Sedore

Rodney Swarek




Interested parties should contact to express their membership intent.

Strategic Plan - The Corporation of the Township of White River 2017 - 2021

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Housing Needs and Demand Study - February 2017

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2021 Small Business Training Programs Survey

The Economic Development Office, in partnership with Contact North, has produced a survey to gather information about potential training program topics for the labour force in White River. We hope to define key areas of interest so as to provide programs that align with the needs of business owners and employees 

Survey Link

How to Apply for a Mortgage in White River

Read this helpful article to take your first steps into homeownership!

How to Open a Registered Retirement Savings Plan

It's never too early to start saving for retirement, learn how you can get retirement-ready with our RRSP article!

COVID-19 Business Relief Funding Assistance


Have you accessed any COVID-19 relief programs?

If you have yet to take advantage of the programs, click this link to learn about the many different ways you can help your business through these difficult times:…/covid-19-economic-relief-measures…

Both the federal and provincial governments have released programs along with other financial measures to alleviate the economic strain COVID-19 has had on small and medium-sized enterprises, non-profit organizations, and charities.

Additionally, you can use this search tool to input your information and be matched with a variety of COVID-19 relief programs:

In the future, we will be releasing a survey to learn more about the impact that the COVID-19 outbreak has had on our local businesses and community.

Thank you.


We have also published an article describing the variety of programs that are out there, along with the requirements of eligibility, and links to the original postings.

COVID-19 Relief Programs



Barrick-Hemlo Superior Loan Fund

Recently the Township of Manitouwadge entered into a unique partnership with Barrick Gold Inc. and the Manitouwadge Economic Development Corporation to deliver small business loans to for-profit storefront businesses in the communities of Manitouwadge, Marathon, and White River.


Existing or start-up businesses with annual gross revenues of under $1 million are eligible to apply for up to $10,000 in the form of a repayable loan (interest rate is 1.5%) with repayment terms either 12 or 24 months.


The program guidelines, policy, and application to the Hemlo Superior Loan Fund can be found on the Township’s website at


Funding is limited to first come first serve.


Additionally, Barrick is also providing the ability for businesses to receive a free one-hour consultation with MNP, Chartered Accountants and business specialists. Businesses can contact MNP directly at:


Emily Mantle, CPA, CA, Senior Manager, MNP

Phone: 705-523-0272




For further information on the Hemlo Superior Loan Fund, please contact:


Florence MacLean

Economic Development Officer

Township of Manitouwadge

1 Mississauga Drive, PO Box 910

Manitouwadge, ON  P0T 2C0

807-826-3227 x 242

Barrick Micro-Loan Program for COVID-19 Relief

Barrick Gold Corporation is in the beginning stages of implementing a micro-loan program to reduce the financial strain COVID-19 has had on local businesses. Barrick is offering loans between $5,000-$10,000 to help local entrepreneurs with cash-flow problems and other COVID-19 related issues.

Below you will find four files that cover the parameters of the program, the loan agreement, and the policy agreement, and the application for the micro-loan program. Please read the description to learn what information you will need to apply and where you will send your application once it is completed.

If you require assistance, please email


Description of Micro-Loan Program

Micro-Loan Agreement

Barrick Micro-Loan Policy

Barrick Micro-Loan Application

Barrick/MNP FREE Business Relief Program Consultation

Barrick, in partnership with MNP, is offering businesses across the north shore FREE relief program consultations to help business owners learn which relief programs they are eligible for.

Click this link in order to learn how you can book your FREE consultation: /upload/documents/mnp-and-barrick-partnership-communicatio.pdf