Northern Prosperity Plan
The Northern Prosperity Plan lays out four fundamental pillars upon which the province will pursue economic and community renewal in Northern Ontario. These, and examples of initiatives under each pillar, include:
- Strengthening the North and its communities. By developing a Northern Ontario Grow Bonds pilot project, investing $285 million in highway expansion and rehabilitation projects and other transportation investments, increasing Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) expenditures by $35 million in 2004-05 and working with northern municipalities on Provincial Land Tax reform, we are showing confidence in the North;
- Listening to, and serving northerners better. By establishing northern development councils to provide a direct link to the Minister, expanding on E-consultation initiatives and strengthening the 'voice of Northern Ontario' through the activities of a strong a dynamic northern caucus we are demonstrating our commitment to the North.
- Competing globally. By launching a $10-million Go NORTH international marketing initiative to attract investment that promotes innovation and growth in existing and new sectors and continuing to support the work of the new Ontario Mineral Industry Cluster Council to grow new value-added industry we are promoting Northern Ontario's competitive advantage.
- Providing new opportunities for all. By forging better relationships and new partnerships with First Nations and Far North communities and expanding opportunities for youth employment and entrepreneurship we are ensuring that all Northerners can participate in prosperity.
New initiatives, such as refocused Northern Ontario Heritage Fund programs, and the structure of Northern Development Councils, will be announced in the near future.