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Ontario Government Invests In Thunder Bay Waterfront

Study Determines Next Steps In Marina Park Development

THUNDER BAY - A study funded in part by the Ontario government is helping to generate new economic development opportunities for Thunder Bay's Marina Park.

"Our government is on the side of northern communities who want to pursue and explore opportunities for economic development," said Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci, who is also chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).  "Helping to create new jobs is important to all of Northern Ontario and we are working to help communities meet this objective."

The NOHFC has invested $35,000 in Highest and Best Use, a study that is helping to spearhead the long-term development and commercialization of Marina Park.  Recently completed, the study suggests ways to maximize uses for all areas of the expanded park, presents a plan for developing the land, and identifies appropriate commercial opportunities and partnerships.  The city is currently pursuing the next phase of its waterfront development plan, which involves implementation of the study's recommendations.

"In recent years, the city has taken a number of steps toward achieving its goal to make the waterfront a more attractive, viable place," said Bill Mauro, Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP.  "I am pleased that our government is supporting this immense undertaking that could bring a number of positive benefits for the people of Thunder Bay."
"Our government continues to help northern communities develop to their full potential," Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle said.  "This study is helping to determine the best ways for Thunder Bay to capitalize on its attractive waterfront and the possibilities it offers for future opportunities."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

•    A $1.8-billion investment, over the next five years, in upgraded and expanded northern highways

•    Investments in northern health care, including $25 million to reduce wait times in the north, $6.6 million for telemedicine, and major hospital expansions and improvements in Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay and Sudbury

•    The opening of the first Northern Ontario School of Medicine, to train doctors in the North, so they will practice in the North.

These initiatives are 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.

Laura Blondeau
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454
Michel Lavoie    
MNDM/NOHFC - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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