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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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Businesses Currently for Sale

  • 1001 Main Street (Previously The Trading Post Motel) $2,999,999

Other Ideas for new business start-ups

  • Storage Facility

  • Restaurant

  • Grocery Store

  • Hardware Store

  • Convenience Store

  • Truck Stop

  • Hair Salon

  • Agriculture

  • Clothing Shop

  • Gift Shop

  • Dentist

  • Thrift Shop

  • Housing Complex

  • Landscaping

  • Senior Facilities

  • Short-term & long-term Rental Units


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.

Ignace Area Business Association

The Ignace Area Business Association (IABA) meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month with the exception of July, August and December. The meetings are held at 6:30pm at the Learn More Center, unless stated otherwise.  Meetings are voluntary, however they give local businesses and opportunity to share information, provide input on upcoming events and network with one another.

Dryden Chamber of Commerce

We are an independent, membership-based, not-for-profit organization governed by a board of directors, and our aim is to provide relevant services to businesses, enabling them to develop and prosper.  The chamber provides an opportunity for people who create local jobs and drive the local economy to work together with the public and government to build a better, more prosperous community. We are the leader in business services and advocacy in Northwestern Ontario by providing top quality networking opportunities while fostering business development and economic growth.

Head Start in Business: They have been a driving force in entrepreneurship awareness and initiation for the past 15 years. Over 50,000 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 5-29, as well as incredible summer camps for entrepreneurial-minded youth. 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. Available to students 15-29 who are in school, are not already running a business and not working another job more than 12 hours per week.

ShopHere - Digital Main Street The ShopHERE program is free for participants to sign up and have a Shopify store built. 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.  Learn about the Starter Company Plus Program and apply for a grant of up to $5000

Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre:  Their goal is to help the innovative companies of Northwestern Ontario to start, grow, and succeed. They act as a support system for innovation and strongly believe in collaboration and helping.

Let them get rid of the fear of trying something new or taking advantage of an exciting opportunity. Whether you need connections, funding, resources, business expertise, training, or something completely different, go talk to them. They are there to help you get past whatever it is that's keeping your business from getting to where you want it to be.

PARO: The PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise provides programs and services to women across 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.

Ministry of Ontario: Find out how we're building our economy with good-paying jobs. Learn how to register your business, apply for funding and tax credits, and get free help to start your business. A business name registration refers to a registration under the Business Names Act. It expires after 5 years and must be renewed. Before you register your business it is always a good idea to consult with a lawyer and/or accountant regarding the structure of your business. The Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery maintains a registry of business names of sole proprietorships, general partnerships, Ontario Limited Liability Partnerships, Extra-Provincial Limited Liability Partnerships, Extra-Provincial Limited Liability Companies and business names registered for a corporation operating with a name other than its corporate name. A business name registration should not be confused with an incorporation (see corporation) or a business licence (see business licence).

Futurepreneur: Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for two decades. They are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39

Business Registration Online (BRO) 

Get a Business number, Set up an HST account, Register for Payroll and more with Canada's  BRO service. 

BizPaL: Streamline your business permit and licensing experience

Government of Canada: Business Corporations.  Everything you need to create and operate a business corporation. 

Northern Ontario Angels: is the #1 Angel Organization in North America for Northern Ontario entrepreneurs looking for growth capital and angel investors looking for investments. The foundation of this network was developed to take Northern Ontario businesses to the next level and stimulate investment and economic development in the region. NOA is continually growing, developing, and updating its Angel Investment Groups throughout the North and around the World

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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