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The Township of Ignace is situated on the shores of beautiful Agimak Lake right on Highway 17. The wildlife, lakes and sunsets all make tourism the staple of the area's economy but many other opportunities exist. With the potential of becoming Canads'a selected site for a deep geologic repository for nuclear fuel along with having the Gateway Highway 599 to Ring of Fire, Ignace is poised to become a successful launch point for economic development of the north.

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Ignace and its location on the Trans-Canada Highway is well suited to businesses requiring facilities for light manufacturing, warehousing, storage and distribution. There are several properties available with easy access to highways and railway. The prices of these properties are very reasonable and through the Town's new 

Community Improvement Plan, investors can benefit from potentially accruing a

vacant surplus property for up to 90% below market value. To find out more about vacant properties and incentives contact Jeff Lederer, Planning & Development

Businesses Currently for Sale

Other Ideas for new business start-ups

  • Storage Facility

  • Restaurant

  • Grocery Store

  • Hardware Store

  • Thrift Shop

  • Housing

  • Short-term & long-term Rentals​


The township of Ignace is offering a comprehensive set of incentive programs to encourage private sector redevelopment and re-investment. 

  • Municipal Land Disposition Program: Sale of municipally-owned surplus lands at up to 90% below market value where a proponent is prepared to apply for a building permit within two years of purchase.

  • Tax Increment Equivalent Grant: Grant representing 100% rebate of the municipal portion of a property tax increment resulting from redevelopment, building improvements and new development.

  • Signage Improvement Grant: Grant representing 50% of construction and design costs related to signage improvements to a maximum of $2,500.

  • Façade Improvement Grant: Grant representing 50% of construction design and costs related to façade improvements up to a maximum of $5,000.

  • Planning and Building Permit Fee Grant: Grant representing up to 100% of the cost of Official Plan Amendment applications, Zoning By-Law amendment applications, Minor Variance applications, or demolition applications where new development is proposed.

  • Accessibility Grant: Grant representing 50% of the construction costs related to accessibility improvements to a maximum of $2,500.


Crossroads Employment Services offers a variety of incentives programs to help small businesses save time and money when it comes to finding, hiring and training staff​


There are many resources needed to start a successful business

and its not easy. Being situated in Northwestern Ontario we may

feel the resources available are limited but in fact there are many

that specifically cater to our region. Find below a few organizations

that can support your new business venture.

Head Start in Business: They have been a driving force in entrepreneurship awareness and initiation for the past 15 years. Over 20,000 youth have participated in their innovative and experiential programs making entrepreneurship more accessible and realistic as a viable career option. They boast an exceptional lineup of workshops, activities, contests and events for youth aged 4-34, as well as incredible summer camps for entrepreneurial-minded youth aged 9-17. Their programs are offered in various communities throughout Northeastern and Northwestern Ontario.


Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHFC): With their support, your ambitions and dreams are as wide open as the land itself. The NOHFC partners with communities and businesses to create jobs and strengthen the Northern Economy.  Apply Online at


PACE: Proudly serving the Dryden, Ignace, and Sioux Lookout area they support community economic development by assisting local communities to strengthen and diversify their economies. Pace is a non-profit organization funded by Industry Canada and FedNor. The can administer an investment fund to help finance new or existing small businesses for start-up, expansion, or stabilization plans that help maintain or create jobs. 


Summer Company ​Get hands-on training, mentoring, and awards up to $3,000 when you start your own summer business.

ShopHere - Digital Main Street The ShopHERE program is free for participants to sign up and have a Shopify store built. Businesses will be responsible for the monthly Shopify fee after the initial 90-day trial. The Digital Transformation Grant is focused on providing qualifying brick-and-mortar small businesses with a digital assessment, online training and a one-time $2,500 grant to implement their Digital Transformation Plan. Eligible costs include items such as website design, graphic design software, social media software, marketing consultant. 

Northwest Business Centre: They are known for empowering Entrepreneurs in Real Time. Serving the Kenora & Rainy River District they can help you with Business Planning, Market Research, Training, Youth Small-Business Start-ups, and Funding Guidance.

PARO: The PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise provides programs and services to women across Northern Ontario who are ready to start, grow or build new opportunities. They can give you a Smart Start with your future with a winning resume and fundable business plan.


SNAPP: The Sustainable New Agri-Food Products and Productivity (SNAPP) Program supports Northern Ontario agriculture and food producers, businesses, collaborations, communities and First Nations to create new products, enhance abilities for season extension, enhance productivity, and adopt clean technology to support improved environmental performance while fostering growth. SNAPP assistance will be  in the form of a conditional contribution at $5,000 at 75% cost-share towards the purchase of equipment for eligible activities. Collaborations of three or more entities can be eligible for up to $15,000 at 75% cost-share towards equipment purchases.

Team High Five

To ensure all barriers to business development are eliminated, the Township is currently in the process of enacting business friendly zoning and land use polices. These will allow for commercial, industrial and residential type development to take place seamlessly within our community.

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