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Government of Canada Invests More Than $200,000 to Boost Manufacturing and Accelerate Growth in the Greater Sudbury Region

January 11, 2017 – Sudbury, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor

The Government of Canada is investing $203,306, through FedNor's Northern Ontario Development Program, to help Legend Boats enhance productivity and competitiveness by incorporating innovative technologies into its operations.

The repayable FedNor funding will enable Legend Boats to adopt new technologies and develop customized software applications. The targeted investment will help this local aluminum boat manufacturer improve its operational processes for information and supply chain management, distribution and boat assembly activities, as well as client services.

Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor. Once complete, this strategic initiative will help reduce boat assembly times and warranty claims by 10 percent, increase inventory turnover, enable real-time management reporting, and improve processing for warranty claims by 50 percent.

Quick facts

  • FedNor's Northern Ontario Development Program supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation throughout the region.
  • Legend Boats (Duhamel and Dewar Inc.) is a family-run business connected to a network of 56 independent dealers and retailers across Canada. Established in 1986, Legend Boats designs and assembles boating packages, complete with engine and accessories, which it distributes and sells across the country and beyond. They currently employ 96 people.


"The Government of Canada is pleased to invest in technology and innovation to help Legend Boats bring its business to the next level. By providing entrepreneurs with access to the resources they need to succeed in the modern economy, FedNor is delivering positive results for the people, businesses and communities of Northern Ontario."

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor

"Manufacturing is a key sector of Northern Ontario's economy that's creating middle-class jobs and supporting the long-term prosperity of our region. By investing in Legend Boats, our government, through FedNor, is helping this Sudbury-based business embrace the use of technology to grow its operations and achieve efficiencies, while helping to drive our economy forward in a productive and meaningful way."

– Paul Lefebvre, Member of Parliament for Sudbury

"We are pleased that the Government of Canada and FedNor recognize the evolving needs of Northern Ontario businesses and are investing to strengthen manufacturing in the region. Today's announcement will help us expand and streamline our operations, improve efficiencies and better serve our customers, while meeting the growing demand for our products and services."

– Marc Duhamel and Jamie Dewar, Co-CEOs, Legend Boats

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