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McGuinty Government Supports Community Improvements In The Far North

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McGuinty Government Supports Community Improvements In The Far North

ATTAWAPISKAT - The McGuinty government is improving the quality of life for residents of Ontario's James Bay frontier with an investment of $300,000 in community projects at Attawapiskat and Fort Albany First Nations.

The announcement was made today by Northern Development and Mines Minister and Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) Chair Rick Bartolucci, who was touring the province's Far North this week.

"Our government is pleased to support projects that renew infrastructure and enhance the quality of life in northern communities," said Bartolucci. "These investments in Attawapiskat and Fort Albany will be important to the well-being of local residents."

The NOHFC will provide $200,000 to the Attawapiskat First Nation to design a 100-lot residential subdivision in the community and expand water & sewer services. The Fort Albany First Nation will receive $100,000 to construct a facility that will house administration offices for the community.

"The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund will be at the centre of our government's efforts to return hope and opportunity to all northerners, and particularly our youth from all regions of the North," said Bartolucci. "A refocused NOHFC will invest in private sector job creation and economic development across the North."

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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