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Province Paving Way For Prosperity In Hearst

Support For Local Priorities Shows Government Is On The Side Of Northerners

HEARST - The Town of Hearst is positioning itself for future economic growth with the help of the McGuinty government.  The province is providing funding for an important road upgrade and for a tourist attraction feasibility study.

"Our government is committed to paving the way to economic opportunity in communities across Northern Ontario because we're on the side of northerners," said Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.  "That's why we're investing in road upgrades and investigating new tourism development activities in Hearst."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $478,200 to the Town of Hearst for the relocation of Fontaine Drive, a major artery which passes through the Tembec sawmill operation and provides public access to the airport as well as a park and a beach.  The NOHFC had previously provided more than $950,000 to this project to help ease traffic safety concerns and to open up land to industrial development.

The Hearst and Area Economic Development Corporation will receive $40,000 from the NOHFC to undertake a feasibility study and business plan on the establishment of an innovative tourism attraction.  The proposed attraction would highlight distinctive themes in four pavilions, including forestry heritage, moose, nature and forest management, and culture.

"Tourism is one of Northern Ontario's economic pillars providing employment to residents across the region, particularly much-needed seasonal jobs for our young people," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC.  "Hearst's strategic plan has identified economic diversification as a local priority and this study will help determine the feasibility of further developing that sector."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

•    Investing more than $1.8 billion over five years to upgrade and expand northern highways

•    Providing $900 million in assistance to the forestry industry

•    Investing $172,000 to upgrade the Hearst municipal water system.

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
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454
Michel Lavoie    
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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