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Ontario Supports Sudbury Young Entrepreneur

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Small Business

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is supporting northern youth in their quest to launch new businesses by investing in the establishment of a new massage therapy business in Sudbury, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"The McGuinty government is on the side of all the small businesses and young entrepreneurs who help sustain the economic foundations of northern communities," said Bartolucci. "I know many Sudburians will benefit from the services that will be rendered by this business and we wish its young owner the best of success."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $18,058 through its Young Entrepreneur Program to establish Absolute Massage.  Funding will be used to purchase office and therapeutic equipment. 

"I am very thankful for the support the Ontario government has provided me," said Sylvia Frappier owner of Absolute Massage. "With the help of the of the Ontario government I have been able to build Absolute Massage into the thriving business it is today."

"We feel very confident about investing in the aspirations of young and talented individuals across Northern Ontario," said Bartolucci, who is chair of the NOHFC. "The determination and enthusiasm of young entrepreneurs drive the government's willingness to support them as they embark on new careers and business opportunities."

This initiative is just one way the McGuinty government is supporting northern prosperity.  Others include: 

  • Opening the first Northern Ontario School of Medicine to train doctors in the North so they will practice in the North.
  • A $1.8 billion investment, over the next five years, in upgraded and expanded northern highways.
  • Invested $10 million for the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation at Laurentian University.
  • Investing 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 North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay and Sudbury.

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.

Laura Blondeau

MNDM - Sudbury

(705) 564-7454

Michel Lavoie

MNDM - Sudbury

(705) 564-7125

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