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New Clinic Puts Best Foot Forward In Azilda

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is supporting northern youth in their quest to launch new businesses by investing in the establishment of a new foot care clinic in Azilda, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We are on the side of northerners.  That's why we're reaffirming our support for youth who are striving to build careers and launch new business ventures in the North," said Bartolucci, "Young entrepreneurs are an essential part of keeping the North an increasingly vibrant place in which to live."  

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is investing $25,000 in the new Azilda Family Foot Care clinic. The investment will help certified chiropodist Kaarina Koskiniemi purchase equipment and make necessary renovations to her new clinic on Notre Dame Street. Azilda Family Foot Care will be the only clinic of its kind in the immediate area.

"It is very rewarding to know that with the support of the Ontario government I can now continue to apply my training and skills in a practice of my own," said Koskiniemi.

"Young entrepreneurs are rapidly becoming integral players in the regional and northern economy," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "Our investment today represents not only an investment in a young entrepreneur, but also an investment in the future of our community."

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;

•    Investing $1.8 billion over the next five years in the rehabilitation and expansion of northern highways;

•    Providing $60 million in annual funding to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation for investment in private sector job creation and community infrastructure.

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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