Ontario Invests In Northern Birch Syrup Production
Young Entrepreneur Program Funding a 'Sweet Deal' for New Business
THUNDER BAY - The Ontario government is continuing its support of youth job creation in Northern Ontario by investing in the launch of a new birch syrup and product operation, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.
"Our government is on the side of young northern entrepreneurs who are contributing to economic diversification of the region's economy," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "While birch syrup production is a large and successful industry in Alaska and the Yukon, we hope to set a new trend for production in Ontario with this project."
The NOHFC will provide $25,000 through its Young Entrepreneur Program to Boreal Birch Syrup to purchase equipment and machinery. The business will sell its products at consumer shows in the immediate area, on the Internet and in gourmet stores throughout Ontario.
"I am extremely pleased that through our investment we will be at the forefront of expanding such an innovative business venture," said Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle. "Boreal Birch Syrup will produce a derivative of a traditional product that is in constant demand."
This initiative is just one way the McGuinty government is supporting northern prosperity. Others include:
• Providing $900 million over five years in assistance for the forestry industry.
• Opening the first Northern Ontario School of Medicine to train doctors in the North so they will practice in the North.
• Providing $2.2 million toward the new Cancer and Cardiac Research Centre in Thunder Bay.
These projects 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.