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Ontario Government Helps Kenora Host National Midget Hockey Championship

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Ontario Government Helps Kenora Host National Midget Hockey Championship

KENORA - The Ontario government is turning the tourism spotlight on Kenora by helping the region host the 2004 National Midget Hockey Championship, Northern Development and Mines Minister and Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) Chair Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Hockey is Canada's game and our government is pleased to help Kenora host this national event and highlight the northwest as a magnificent tourism destination," said Bartolucci. "This hockey championship will bring together young players, coaches, parents and visitors and provide a significant boost for a stronger prosperous economy."

The Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corporation, in partnership with the area's minor hockey association, will receive $30,000 from the NOHFC to offset the costs of hosting this event, which includes upgrading facilities, billboards and an awards banquet. The championship, to be held April 19-25, 2004, brings together players aged 15 to 17 years from across Canada.

"This event has launched many of hockey's most talented players," said Bartolucci. "We are delighted to help Kenora host this championship for the first time."

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 job growth. It is an essential part of the government's commitment to delivering a four-year plan for positive change across Northern Ontario.

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