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McGuinty Government Extends Drinking Water Assistance For Northern Communities

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McGuinty Government Extends Drinking Water Assistance For Northern Communities

TORONTO - The McGuinty government is supporting the renewal of water infrastructure in northern communities with a two-year program extension, Northern Development and Mines Minister and Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) Chair Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our government recognizes that all positive change means that communities must have a safe drinking water supply. We have taken action to ensure this happens across Northern Ontario," said Bartolucci. "Eligible northern communities now have until the end of 2005 to apply for funding to support the infrastructure upgrades to provide safe, clean water."

The NOHFC's Drinking Water Protection Program invests in municipal infrastructure upgrades that enable compliance with the Drinking Water Systems Regulation. To be eligible, municipalities must have been approved for assistance to upgrade their water supply through the Ontario Small Town and Rural Development (OSTAR) Infrastructure initiative (Round 1, Option 1). The maximum contribution available from the fund will be up to 50 per cent of that community's contribution towards the project, to a maximum of $4 million.

The McGuinty government is returning the fund to its original mandate of fostering private sector job creation. The NOHFC is working in partnership with the private sector and other levels of government to diversify the northern economy and stimulate jobs. It is a vital part of the government's commitment to delivering a four-year plan for positive change across the North.

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