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Organic Breads Bakery To Generate Solar Power

THUNDER BAY - An Ontario government program to help small northern businesses pursue innovative solutions to energy generation and conservation is benefiting a Thunder Bay area bakery, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our government is helping northern enterprises meet their energy needs in ways that are environmentally sound and reduce the demand on external energy sources," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "This is just one of the ways we are working with northerners to strengthen our economy."

The NOHFC is providing $13,750 to Both Hands Bread in South Gillies toward the cost of converting the specialty breads bakery to solar power. This method of energy generation will ultimately reduce the bakery's energy costs, and allow the business to expand into Thunder Bay's growing market for organic breads produced in an environmentally sensitive manner.

"Financing innovations for small businesses is a major challenge," said Bill Mauro,Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP and Parliamentary Assistant to Minister Bartolucci. "I'm pleased that our government is providing economic tools to help small and medium-sized northern businesses, like Both Hands Bread, stabilize and expand their operations."

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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