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McGuinty Government Helps Enhance Recreational Opportunities In Pays Plat First Nation

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McGuinty Government Helps Enhance Recreational Opportunities In Pays Plat First Nation

TORONTO - The McGuinty government is delivering positive change by promoting healthy and active living in First Nation communities by investing $100,000 to build an outdoor ice rink facility in Pays Plat First Nation.

Funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) was announced today by Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.

"This new facility will provide residents, particularly young members of the community, with a new venue to participate in organized sports and other recreational activities," said Gravelle. "Community members of all ages will benefit from an outdoor facility that's able to accommodate year-round recreational activities."

Funding will go toward building an outdoor skating and hockey rink, including boards and lighting. The facility will also accommodate in-line skating and bike riding during the summer.

"I am pleased that despite the fiscal pressures left behind by the previous government, the NOHFC can deliver on its commitment to support this important community," added Bartolucci. "The Heritage Fund will be reoriented to support private sector job creation and economic development across Northern Ontario."

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 and grow 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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