An Ottawa company is receiving $1.2 million from the province to start producing cancer-fighting isotopes.

Best Theratronics will hire 100 people as part of an $8.1-million expansion.

"The high-tech community (in Ottawa) is coming back big-time," said Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean.

The company's cancer radiation equipment is found in almost 3,000 hospitals around the world.

"The Ontario government investment will help diversify our product lines, promote medical innovation, and strengthen our company's foothold on the global stage," said Krishnan Suthanthiran, president of Best Theratronics in a news release.

Medical isotopes are used to help find cancer cells in the body. The isotope shortage caused by the closure of the Chalk River nuclear plant last year highlighted the need to establish new production.