McGuinty Government To Enhance Job Creation In Northern Ontario
SAULT STE. MARIE -The McGuinty government is celebrating the groundbreaking of a new $6.5-million call centre that will employ 600 people, while it considers options for refocusing Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) investments, Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti announced today on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister and NOHFC Chair Rick Bartolucci.
"This project is great news that delivers positive change for Northern Ontario. But our government believes the NOHFC can do a better job of fostering private-sector job creation in the North," said Bartolucci. "I will work with the board of directors and our northern stakeholders to determine how best to maximize the benefits NOHFC investments can yield, with job creation being a priority."
While Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation programs are being reviewed and redesigned, current applications with an emphasis on private-sector job creation will be considered, such as the project that broke ground today. The Sault Ste. Marie e-commerce/call centre is operated by Sutherland Group, an industry leader with 17 years of experience providing services to the information technology, telecommunications, financial and utilities sectors across North America.
"I am very pleased that the Heritage Fund could support the establishment of this facility," said Orazietti. "It will provide hundreds of jobs for area residents, particularly for young people who will be able to start new careers right here in Sault Ste. Marie."
"While we work to reorient the NOHFC, we will ensure the fund stays in business, " said Bartolucci. "It is, and will remain, an important part of our four-year plan for positive change in the North."