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Ontario supports Young Kenora Entrepreneur

NOHFC Invests In Online Games Business

THUNDER BAY - The Ontario government is supporting young entrepreneurship in Northern Ontario by investing in a local Internet-based games centre, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"The McGuinty government is on the side of young entrepreneurs who are committed to meeting the consumer needs of northerners," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "When innovative technology and opportunity combine, the result is a new and innovative business venture such as this."

The NOHFC will provide $25,000 to Frontline Games to open a networked computer game centre in the city.  Patrons will be able to play computer games individually or competitively via a Local Area Network (LAN).  Funding will go toward the acquisition of computer equipment to establish the business.

"We expect this new service will satisfy a previously unaddressed demand for online games in Kenora," said Bartolucci. "Our government is committed to supporting new businesses like Frontline Games, which create jobs while adhering to innovative technological trends."

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.
•    Provided $1 million to the City of Kenora for infrastructure upgrades that complement the final phase its $26-million commercial and retirement condominium development.
•    A $1.8 billion investment, over the next five years, in upgraded and expanded northern highways.

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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