NFN Businesses Approved to Operate

Audit Process in Place to Protect Community Safety

Essential businesses on Nipissing First Nation were allowed to reopen starting on April 22nd provided they meet all public health requirements and protect the safety of the community. To receive approval to reopen and remain open, all NFN businesses must follow a rigorous process, which is detailed at the bottom of this page.

Compliant Businesses Approved to Operate

Last updated July 7th

17 Hour Convenience
705-491-2453Click here for details
1 Jocko Point Road
Arrowhead Gas Bar & Convenience Store
705-476-3300Click here for details
Osprey Miikan
Carla’s Kitchen & Catering
Click here for details
225 Semo Road
Cheerful Charlie’s Cannabis Co.
Osprey Miikan
Chester’s Gas Bar
35 Beaucage Park Road
Dot’s Drive-Thru Cigarettes
821 Couchie Memorial Drive
Duchesnay Store
40 Goulais Crescent
Eagle’s Nest Gas Bar
2 Migizii Miikan
First North Enterprise
705-474-3000 Click here to visit website
40 Goulais Crescent
George Carey, Financial Agent
2 Osprey Miikan, Highway 17W
Golden Harvest OrganicsUnder Construction
Green Medicine
705-474-1258Click here for details
120 Commanda Crescent
How Convenient Variety & Souvenirs
705-472-2226 – Click here for details
7 Nova Beaucage Road
Jocko Point Fish & Chips
(705) 493-2453 – Click here for details
1 Jocko Point Road
Joseph Kennedy Law Office
(705) 498-6555
53 Lawrance Lane
Kana Leaf, Recreational Cannabis Dispensary
705-474-2021 Click here for website or visit them on Facebook.
2 Osprey Miikan
Ktigaaning Midwives
705-476-2229Click here to visit website
40 Couchie Industrial Road
Miller Paving Ltd / Quarry / Waste
Click here for details
70 Couchie Industrial Road
Mino Niibish Boutique
705-471-0472Click here for details
132 Osprey Miikan – Suite 400
Moose Crossing Ice Cream
705-493-2453Click here for details
1 Jocko Point Road
Nadjiwan Law Office
915 Jocko Point Road
Necessities Gas Bar & Convenience
705-497-0631Click here for details
10 Couchie Industrial South
Northern Brick and Tile
705-472-4020Click here for details
41 Couchie Industrial Road
Northern Convenience
15 Veteran’s Lane
Northern Zen Cannabis 76 Osprey Miikan
Nipissing First Nation – Miller General Partnership Inc.Duchesnay Creek Bridge Construction Project
Northshore Convenience
705-494-8215Click here for details
31 Couchie Memorial Drive
Old Ideas Emporium
705-474-6468 Click here for details
115 Little Lakes Road
Smoke ‘N’ PC’s
705-497-9339Click here for details
Couchie Industrial North
Supplies for the Soul
705-471-0472Click here for details
132 Osprey Miikan – Suite 500
Tim’s Convenience
705-580-3023Click here for details
115 Semo Road
Tobacco Rd. Gifts & Variety
No contact information available
90 Veterans Lane
Up the Hill Variety
705-478-0934 Click here for details
3 Couchie Industrial Road
Yellek Self Storage
2 Osprey Miikan
Young Forestry Services
705-472-7400Click here to visit website
3 Maang Road

Businesses that have been inspected and passed all public health requirements are required to display the Audit Pass sign below in their storefront:

Businesses approved to reopen have satisfactorily met the following conditions:

  1. Submit a plan for review by NFN that demonstrates current COVID-19 public health measures are in place at all times during business operations, and until further notice.
  2. Undergo a site audit with NFN Health Services and Economic Development staff to validate that safety protocols are in place.
  3. Receive approval from Chief & Council on the recommendation to allow the business to reopen*.
  4. Post “Audit Pass” notice prominently in storefront for the public to view (see sample above).
  5. Comply with any new or revised public health measures for COVID-19.

* Businesses that require further public measures to be put in place will be offered assistance through NFN Health Services in partnership with NFN Economic Development.

Ongoing monitoring of the business operations will be in effect and any public complaints about non-compliance will be investigated.  Failure to maintain compliance with safe business practices will result in the business being required to close until it becomes compliant. 

Businesses may opt into this process at any time, or remain in closure. We also ask business owners to do their part to minimize traffic to the community and to help however they can to continue to keep the community safe.  The Anishinabek Police Service and NFN staff will be monitoring traffic in Garden Village and Duchesnay.

The information below is intended to provide guidance to NFN businesses during the constantly evolving COVID-19 situation.  Please note that this information may be subject to change.

Resources for Businesses

All businesses, organizations, and services are asked to continue to follow best practice for preventing the spread of COVID-19:
  • Physically distance: To the fullest extent possible, ensure effective measures are in place to maintain physical distancing amongst all persons who enter the premises.
  • Promote hand hygiene: Practice cough and sneeze etiquette, encourage hand washing and make alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with minimum alcohol concentration of 60%) available at all entrances and exits.
  • Wear face coverings: To the fullest extent possible and when physical distancing is challenging or not possible, ensure all persons wear a face covering.
Effective Friday, July 24, 2020, the use of face coverings will be required in certain enclosed public spaces (of businesses, organizations, and services) and transportation in our district. Owners/operators need to:
  • Promote to all persons the use of face coverings to protect others from COVID-19 spread.
  • Post clearly visible signage stating that face coverings are required inside the building.
  • Have a policy in place to prevent all persons3 who do not have an exemption from entering the premises or transportation if not wearing a face covering. Ensure that all staff are fully aware of the policy and how to implement.
  • Certain exemptions for the face covering requirement apply, such as: age (children under the age of two years or under the age of five years either by birth age or mental development and cannot be persuaded); health or ability; religious officiants; staff working within or behind a physical barrier (e.g. plexiglass barrier) provided physical distancing of two metres can be maintained among staff; or staff working in an area of an enclosed public space that is not designated for public access and where physical distancing of two metres can be maintained.
  • The strength of enforcement is up to the local business, organization, or service. A business, organization, or service has the right to deny entry to their premises, however implementation of the policy should be enforced in ‘good faith’ and primarily used as a means to educate people on face covering use in enclosed public spaces.
No proof of exemption is required. For more information and business resources, please visit the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit's website:
On June 19th, Ontario announced that loans of up to $50,000 will be available to businesses that are either ineligible for, or unable to access, existing federal and provincial COVID-19 response initiatives for small businesses. Loans will be available through Aboriginal Financial Institutions. Up to 50% of each loan will be in the form of a non-repayable grant, with no interest due on the loan portion until December 31, 2022. Businesses may use these funds to cover general expenses such as payroll, rent, utilities and taxes. They may also be used towards increasing production capacity, developing new products, moving to online marketing, or to make improvements to accommodate social distancing requirements, such as the installation of plexiglass barriers.  Click here to read the news release. Other measures announced by the federal government to support small and medium-sized businesses include:
  • Payroll support raised to 75 per cent to help employers cover salaries (retroactive to March 15th)
  • Launched the Canada Emergency Business Account to allow companies to apply for loans up to $40,000, interest-free for a year.  If needed up to $10,000 may be forgiven.
  • Waiving GST and HST payments and import and export duties until June.

More Information:

WSIB has announced a financial relief package worth up to $1.9 billion to help support you through this difficult time while protecting coverage for people with work related injuries or illness. How the financial relief package works: The financial relief package allows businesses to defer premium reporting and payments until August 31, 2020. Businesses who report and pay monthly, quarterly or annually based on their insurable earnings are eligible for this deferral. No interest will accrue on outstanding premium payments and no penalties will be charged during this six-month deferral period. Receiving financial relief: All Ontario businesses covered by our workplace insurance are automatically eligible to receive relief. You do not need to apply for deferment of your premium payments or take any further action to receive relief. You can choose to continue to report and pay on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. You can also report now and defer payment until later. Processes related to the financial relief package are ongoing; please visit for more details.
The Canada Summer Jobs call for applications for the 2020 season closed on February 28, 2020. For those who applied via the Call for Proposals, Service Canada will inform you of the status of your application starting in May 2020. On April 21, 2020, the Government announcement that the site will be updated and they will open the lines for applications starting Monday April 27, 2020 for those employers that did not submit an application by the February 28, 2020 deadline. In the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Department is implementing temporary flexibilities for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2020 in order to be more responsive to the challenges facing employers and youth. In addition, they will work with Members of Parliament to identify organizations that provide essential services in the community and could provide youth jobs but did not apply for the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2020. These employers will be contacted to submit an application. For more information, please visit: Temporary flexibilities have been implemented for Canada Summer Jobs 2020. These include: o Up to 100% (from 50%) wage subsidy for employers (provincial minimum wage match); o Allowance of part-time placements (less than 30 hours per week); o Placements between May 11, 2020 and February 28, 2022. Employers can offer employment to youth who want to work during the academic year; and o Changes to jobs and placements, to support the delivery of essential programs and services.
Read the list of essential workplaces provided by the province of Ontario in response to COVID-19.   If you have questions about what will be open or impacts to your business or employment, read the frequently asked questions or call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659. If you are unclear as to whether your business is reflected on (or has been omitted from) the updated list, contact the Government of Ontario’s “Stop the Spread Business Information Line” at 1-888-444-3659. Please note that the updated list may be subject to change, and as such, please refer directly to the official Government list when determining whether your business qualifies as an “essential business”. Learn more about Supports for Businesses through Canada's Economic Response Plan, including emergency wage subsidies, access to credit, and deferalls of income tax and WSIB premiums.


Mike Harney, Economic Development Manager 705-840-8296  |
What can I do to protect myself, my employees and the public?
The best protection remains regular handwashing with soap for 20 seconds or using alcohol based hand sanitizers, not touching your face, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, upper sleeve or elbow, staying home if sick and keeping a social distance of at least 2 metres between yourself and other persons.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact:        

Michael Harney, Economic Development Manager
705-753-2050 ext. 1264  |  705-840-8296 (cell)


For more information about the decision to allow businesses to re-open on April 22, please read the Community Notice here.

For details about the mandated closure of on-reserve NFN storefront businesses from April 7-21, please read the Community Notice here.