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Gore Bay Renovates Waterfront Facilities

McGuinty Government On the Side of Northern Prosperity

GORE BAY - The Ontario government is increasing the economic potential of the Manitoulin Island tourism sector by supporting major improvements to the Gore Bay waterfront, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"The McGuinty government is on the side of northern prosperity.  That's why we're helping those who live and work in small communities that are dependant on the tourism industry," said Bartolucci. "Communities such as Gore Bay act as a window to the North, through which the beauty and possibility that exist here can be seen and appreciated."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $1.5 million toward the renovation of Gore Bay's waterfront. The renovations include construction of a new Welcome Centre and breakwater, 196 additional floating dock slips to accommodate larger boats, more washrooms and shower facilities, and improved electrical service. The renovation of Gore Bay's waterfront is expected to be completed by late 2009. The boardwalk, parking lots, piers, roadways and marina building on the waterfront are also slated for repairs and upgrades.

"Our investment in this project represents our government's commitment to help small communities grow to meet the demands of an evolving tourism industry," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "We are proud to support the many unique tourism opportunities that remain untapped in this beautiful region."

Other McGuinty government initiatives that are benefiting northerners include:

•    Investing nearly $1.2 million toward construction of a new water treatment facility in order to improve and preserve water quality in and around the town of Gore Bay

•    A $1.8-billion investment, over the next five years, to upgrade and expand northern highways

•    An investment of nearly $1.4-million to complete the first phase of a marine and waterfront tourist facility redevelopment project in Little Current.

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.

Laura Blondeau
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454
Michel Lavoie
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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