Research into polar bear behaviour is getting a financial boost from the federal economic development agency, Fed Nor.

In Timmins on Thursday, federal cabinet minister Mélanie Joly announced funding for several municipalities and projects in the region.

The Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat is getting $70,000.  Executive director Michael Honeth tells My Cochrane Now Dot Com what it’s for.

“It’s a feasibility and business plan to develop our research facility where hopefully we will be able to expand how we understand polar bears.”

Michael Honeth, Ex. Dir., Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat. Photo credit: Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat

That fits in with the earlier stated aim of the Habitat becomine self-sufficient finally.

“That’s exactly what we’re hoping to do,” says Honeth, “changing the model of who comes up to Cochrane.  Not only just your regular tourists, but also your academics, universities and they bring their research funding with them as well.”

Cochrane Town Hall is getting $63,000 to fund a two-year internship in economic development.