Sault Transportation Study Gains Momentum
McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northern Prosperity
SUDBURY - The Ontario government is helping the City of Sault Ste. Marie investigate its potential to become a hub for a variety of transportation modes.
"Our government is committed to promoting the expansion and improvement of transportation infrastructure in Northern Ontario," said Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci, who is also chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "We are on the side of northern communities that believe developing infrastructure is a key element in creating a stronger, more prosperous North."
The NOHFC will invest $100,000 to help the city look at the feasibility of developing a "multi-modal" transportation facility. Such a facility would allow for the easy transfer of freight from one mode of transportation - road, rail, air or water - to another, and could make Sault Ste. Marie a very attractive gateway to markets in the American mid-west. If it is found to be viable, the facility would be a catalyst for economic growth and job creation.
"Sault Ste. Marie's geographic location offers it the potential as alternative to congested border crossings in the south," said Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti. "The study will provide the city with the analysis and recommendations it requires to make an informed decision about proceeding with the project."
Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:
- Accelerating the completion of construction on Highway 17 East between Sault Ste. Marie and Bar River Road.
- Bringing high value, highly skilled jobs for the people of Sault Ste. Marie by investing $4.75 million in SIAG Great Lakes LP, a more than $35-million joint venture between Algoma Steel Inc. and the German-based company that will create approximately 140 new jobs.
- Investing $15 million from the NOHFC in a partnership to develop a major tourist and commercial project on the Sault Ste. Marie waterfront.
- Creating 30 jobs by providing $2,125,000 to the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation for the construction and expansion of a new melamine lamination plant.
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.
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