McGuinty Government Kicks Off Development Of Growth Plan For Northern Ontario

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McGuinty Government Kicks Off Development Of Growth Plan For Northern Ontario

Ministry of Infrastructure

Ministers Bartolucci And Caplan Visit Sudbury To Engage Leaders SUDBURY, ON, July 10 - Sudbury municipal, business and community leaders heard first-hand today how the McGuinty government's Growth Plan for Northern Ontario will help strengthen the local economy. Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan and the Minister of Northern Development and Mines Rick Bartolucci provided details on the development of the plan at a dinner sponsored by the Sudbury Economic Development Council. "The ongoing implementation of our Northern Prosperity Plan has established a foundation for prosperity in the North, and this Growth Plan will help build on that foundation," said Bartolucci. "I recently convened the first meeting of a 16-member ministers' table. They are committed to aligning their resources, and coordinating policies and investments to help develop and put in place a growth plan that will lead to better opportunities for northerners, and particularly our youth, to learn, work and raise families here." The establishment of the ministers' table will help the government to develop a growth plan that supports a prosperous North and reflects northern priorities such as education, housing, recreation and transportation in a comprehensive manner. "We are committed to developing a Growth Plan that will build on the good work already done by northern residents, the Northern Development Councils and municipal leaders," said Caplan. "Our approach will be consultative and engage key leaders in the development of a long-range plan for sustainable growth that will build a stronger, more prosperous North." The McGuinty government announced its intention to develop a Growth Plan for Northern Ontario on May 17, 2007. The plan, to be developed under the Places to Grow Act, will create a coordinated approach to encourage and support sustainable growth in northern communities. While visiting Sudbury, the ministers toured the Dynamic Earth attraction at Science North Science Centre, a landmark for the kind of sustained growth opportunities that a growth plan would help create. "A Growth Plan for Northern Ontario requires huge involvement from northern communities. The plan has great potential because it is tied to legislation and will be supported by provincial dollars," said John Rodriguez, Mayor of Sudbury. "The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation is pleased to play a role in the facilitation of the province's development of this plan," said Guy Labine, Chair. "This consultative approach will reflect local priorities and ensure that future investments and development will support long term sustainable growth in Greater Sudbury and across Northern Ontario." The ministers are visiting six cities throughout Northern Ontario - Sault Ste. Marie, Kenora, Thunder Bay, Timmins, North Bay and Sudbury - to meet northern residents, young people, and municipal, aboriginal, business, economic development, industry, education and environment leaders. Working together, Ontarians have achieved results in support of local economic development. Other examples include: - Providing $10 million to Laurentian University to launch the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation - Providing $450,000 to the Sudbury Airport Community Development Corporation to expand its general aviation and commercial apron area - Investing an unprecedented $468 million in the Northern Highways Program keeping the government on track to meet its commitment to complete four lanes on Highway 69 in 2017. Disponible en français ontario.ca/pir ontario.ca/mndm Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- MINISTERS' TOUR TO KICK OFF GROWTH PLAN FOR NORTHERN ONTARIO Contact Info Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan and Minister of Northern Development and Mines Rick Bartolucci, are visiting six centres throughout Northern Ontario - Sault Ste. Marie, Kenora, Thunder Bay, Timmins, North Bay and Sudbury - to kick off development of a Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. On May 17, 2007, Northern Ontario was announced as the next region in the province to have a growth plan developed under the Places to Grow Act, provincial legislation that enables a coordinated approach to growth planning across Ontario. Under the Act, the government developed the award-winning Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Toronto-centred region that stretches around Lake Ontario. A Growth Plan for Northern Ontario will focus on achieving a more sustained pattern of growth, recognizing unique challenges such as stemming youth out-migration, creating sustainable regions and improving infrastructure networks. The plan will build on the good work already done by northern residents, the Northern Development Councils and northern municipalities, who have studied and prioritized the challenges and opportunities for sustainable growth in Northern Ontario. The plan will also build on the government's actions and successes through the Northern Prosperity Plan, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the Forest Sector Competitiveness Strategy and other initiatives. A sixteen-member ministers table, the "G-North", has been established to coordinate and align resources, policies and investments to support the development and implementation of a northern growth plan. The G-North had its inaugural meeting on June 20, 2007. Chaired by the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, the ministries participating on the G-North include: - Public Infrastructure Renewal, Health and Long-term Care, Education, Training, Colleges and Universities, Finance, Natural Resources, Aboriginal Affairs, Municipal Affairs, Economic Development & Trade, Energy, Citizenship & Immigration, Tourism, Environment, Transportation, Research & Innovation. In keeping with the consultative and partnership-building practices established under Places to Grow, the government will begin working with northern leaders to develop an actionable plan. The goal is to have a draft of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario by the end of the year. Following the release of the draft plan, the government will begin the public consultation stage of the process. The result of the plan will be a coordinated approach at the provincial and municipal levels to ensure that investments, planning and development will encourage and support the growth of northern communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. Disponible en français ontario.ca/pir For further information: Amy Tang, PIR Minister's Office, (416) 325-4048; Laura Blondeau, MNDM Minister's Office - Sudbury, (705) 564-7454; Anne Dunderdale, PIR Communications Branch, Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-1810 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Amy Tang, PIR Minister's Office, (416) 325-4048; Laura Blondeau, MNDM Minister's Office - Sudbury, (705) 564-7454; Anne Dunderdale, PIR Communications Branch, Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-1810