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Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) provides financial contributions (interest-free loans) to help support fixed operating costs of SMEs, where business revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Fund, valued at more than $962 million nationally, is delivered by Canada’s six regional development agencies.

In Northern Ontario, $49.5 million is available as follows:

  • $24 million through FedNor for SMEs and not-for-profit organizations facing financial pressure; and
  • $25.5 million to provide rural businesses with access to capital and technical support, delivered by Northern Ontario’s 24 Community Futures Development Corporations.

Funding available through your local CFDC

In order to provide targeted assistance to the small towns and communities they serve, CFDCs will focus on assisting “main street” businesses, such as retail shops, restaurants, corner stores, and businesses of strategic importance to their communities, with loans up to $40,000.

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The Atikokan Economic Development Corporation will be closed to the public until further notice.

We will continue to be available to assist you with your business needs by telephone or online. The AEDC and employees can be reached at the following contacts:

Main Lines- 1-888-334-2332 (Toll Free Number) or
807- 597-2757 (Local Number) or
Garry McKinnon- or
807-597-7878 (Cell)
Katie Hannon- or
807-598-1127 (Cell)
Annette Bryk- or
807-598-1662 (Cell)

We thank you for your co-operation and understanding during this time.

Atikokan Economic Development Corporation Services

We provide Business Development Services, Lending Services, and Community Economic Development Projects

  • Business Development Services -Provide business advisory services, individual mentoring, workshops, seminars, business planning, community strategic planning, etc
    1. Any person(s) already residing in the Atikokan, Upsala or the First Nations of Lac La Croix, Seine River and Lac Des Mille Lac who are interested in starting a small business or currently in a small business.


  • Lending Services- we offer financing, whether you are looking at starting up, looking to expand or in need of some extra capital
    1. We offer loans up to $150,000 with the following purposes
    2. Business start up, business expansion, working capital & purchase of assets


  • Community Economic Development Projects- working with community groups, assisting in grant applications, and being involved in community projects

Tourism Atikokan

Atikokan is a fun, family-friendly community that takes pride in what it is, and never tries to present itself as something it cannot be, or does not wish to be. Though easily accessible, Atikokan retains a sense of remoteness and basks in the tranquility and relaxation that can only be found away from the big lights of the city. It relishes its small-town charm, and its ability to exceed everyday expectations.

We’re only too happy to have you here, whether it’s for a day, for a week, or a lifetime. We are the Canoeing Capital of Canada. We are the Gateway to Quetico Provincial Park. We are Naturally Wild


Atikokan Employment Centre

Atikokan Employment Centre is here to provide employment related services to unemployed and underemployed individuals; to provide a central location for accessing federal government forms; and to assist individuals make applications to Employment Ontario funded programs.

Atikokan Hotel

Click on the button below and follow along as we take you on a tour of the Atikokan Hotel, a local business that is for sale here in Atikokan, ON.

For more information or a viewing, contact Kathy Boyda @ 1-807-598-0909 or

Northern Ontario Recovery Program

The Northern Ontario Recovery Program is designed to help businesses adapt operations according to local public health guidelines, while protecting employees and customers.

Who is Eligible?

Northern Ontario businesses with at least one year of operations as of March 17, 2020 and were impacted by the Province of Ontario Emergency Order that closed all non-essential businesses on March 24, 2020.

What is Eligible?

Eligible projects will support the adaptation of business operations and practices to meet public health guidelines for operations under re-opening stages, and to support employee and consumer safety.

Eligible project costs include but are not limited to:

  • Capital construction
  • Leasehold improvements
  • New or used equipment
  • Restructuring of business operations
  • Marketing for new business initiatives
  • Personal Protective Equipment and customer/employee safety installations
  • Other costs deemed necessary to complete the project at the discretion of the NOHFC

Northern Ontario Women's Program

With only 16% of Canadian businesses being owned/led by women, the Government of Canada recognizes that advancing women’s economic participation in the economy is good for the country’s bottom line and has set the goal of doubling the # of women-owned/women-led businesses by 2025.

A project to stimulate women-owned and women-led business start-ups and scale-ups by increasing access to business development supports throughout the Northern Ontario region.

  • Enable female in operating more efficient businesses/realizing cost-saving measures
  • Educate female entrepreneurs with regards to the  regulatory requirements involved in exporting goods
  • Provide female entrepreneurs with the opportunity to attend, free of charge, workshops hosted by their local Community Funding Development Corporations

The NOW project will take place Fall 2019 to Fall 2022 throughout Northern Ontario


Community Futures Network of Canada

Community Futures are Community Futures Development Corporations and Community Business Development Corporations (CFDCs/CBDCs) that provide their communities with a variety of services including business development loans, technical support, training and information. In addition to the business development component,CFDCs/CBDCs involve themselves in a wide array of community initiatives, including strategic planning processes, research and feasibility studies, and the implementation of a diverse range of community economic development (CED) projects

Atikokan Bass Classic

The Atikokan Bass Classic is a small mouth bass fishing tournament, which takes place on Upper and Lower Marmion Lake (The Floodwaters). This huge reservoir is a fish factory. Flooded forests still stand and are  hundreds of islands and reefs, making it a small mouth paradise.  Anyone who loves to fish can enter the competition.

Business Succession Matching

Looking to sell your business? has the tools you need to make the sale!

Youth Effect Program

Call for Applications!

Need hands on help with an innovative project?
A $700 commitment= A motivated youth for the summer

The Youth Effect program matches skilled youth with innovative companies to work on a specific project throughout the summer. The program provides entrepreneurship and innovation training, mentorship, wage subsidy, and the skills needed to complete a project.

Company Applications Due 
February 28th, 2018


  • Located in Northwestern Ontario
  • At least one full time employee
  • For-profit business, not a retailer or reseller
  • Ability to pay necessary employer contributions (CPP/EI)

Willing to commit to the full 15 week program

Since 1997…

Businesses Started

Businesses Maintained

Jobs Created

Jobs Maintained

Explore Atikokan

Upcoming Events

  1. A Day in the Life of an Artist by Jennifer Caie

    July 9 - August 13
  2. Bass Classic Golf

    August 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  3. Meet and Greet- Kevin Holland

    August 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    August 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  5. Kids’ Fishing Tournament Sponsored by Westland Insurance

    August 8 @ 10:00 am