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Improved Infrasructure In James Township Means New Jobs

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Improved Infrasructure In James Township Means New Jobs

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is encouraging economic growth and job creation in the Township of James by helping the municipality with the cost of improving its drainage system, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"It is vital that northern communities maintain and expand the infrastructure they need to keep jobs and attract new development," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "That's why the McGuinty government is investing in crucial projects like this across Northern Ontario."

The Township of James will use an NOHFC contribution of $39,523 to upgrade the town's drainage system to accommodate the reconstruction and expansion of the Elk Lake Planing Mill. Output from the new mill, which has hired an additional 30 employees, has meant a substantial increase in the flow of water from the sawmill into the municipality's drainage collection system. The improved infrastructure will handle the increase.

"In Northern Ontario, where municipalities face unique geographic and socioeconomic challenges, an NOHFC investment can be the catalyst for other funding that allows a community infrastructure project to go ahead," said Bartolucci. "We are proud to encourage partnerships that find effective ways to strengthen northern communities."

This funding is just one way the McGuinty government is helping improve municipal infrastructure for communities in the Timiskaming region.
Other recent initiatives include:

•    Investing $1 million to upgrade the City of Temiskaming Shores' Dymond Business Park water distribution system to enable the industrial park to pursue new development and new jobs

•    Providing $73,000 to the Township of Armstrong to improve drainage on 400 acres of industrial zoned land at the Earlton-Timiskaming airport to benefit existing business and increase the potential for future industrial uses.

This NOHFC contribution is 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/NOHFC - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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