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Ontario Government Helps Promote Unique North Bay Infrastructure

Development Of Underground Complex Could Boost Local Economy

NORTH BAY - The Ontario government is helping the City of North Bay take advantage of its unique underground infrastructure to attract new investment and employment opportunities to the community, Nipissing MPP Monique Smith announced today on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.

"I am pleased that our government continues to help northern communities reach their full potential by building strong partnerships that are essential for northern prosperity," said Smith.  "This initiative could lead to new activities that stimulate the economy of North Bay and area and result in the creation of new jobs."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is investing $35,200 in an engineering review of the former North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) underground complex.  The review, which will determine the facility's environmental compliance and state of operation, will help the city to find potential businesses that would be interested in using this strategic asset.

"The McGuinty government understands that long-term sustainable growth requires careful planning and co-operation," said Bartolucci, who is chair of the NOHFC.  "By taking advantage of the opportunities presented by this unique infrastructure, the community of North Bay is placing itself in an excellent position to generate economic development."

This NOHFC project is part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. The Northern Prosperity Plan has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

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