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New Infrastructure Spells Future Development In Sioux Lookout

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New Infrastructure Spells Future Development In Sioux Lookout

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northern Prosperity

SIOUX LOOKOUT - The McGuinty government is encouraging development and job creation in Sioux Lookout by investing in local infrastructure upgrades, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Providing modern, reliable infrastructure is a cornerstone of thriving communities across the North," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "We're helping Sioux Lookout with these projects so the community can continue to develop as an important business, education, medical and tourism gateway to the Far North."

The Municipality of Sioux Lookout will use an NOHFC contribution of $1 million toward upgrading and extending the sewer collection and water distribution systems to a commercial development corridor along Highway 72. Extending the infrastructure will allow several projects to proceed, including rebuilding and expanding the provincial government's Fire Management Headquarters on Abram Lake, which employs nine permanent staff and 60-80 seasonal staff. The project will also enable serviced residential lots to be created in the area, an important capacity-building measure as the community prepares for a new health care facility that will draw new medical and support staff.

The municipality will receive an additional NOHFC contribution of $209,815 to complete upgrades to the water treatment plants in Sioux Lookout and Hudson. The new system will improve the drinking water for 1,227 households and comply with the Drinking Water Systems Regulation. The province previously announced an investment of $554,436 in February 2004.

"Our government is on the side of northerners, and we are committed to building opportunity and prosperity across the region," Bartolucci said.  "We're proud to be partners in this work with communities like Sioux Lookout."

This funding is just one way the McGuinty government is helping northerners. Major initiatives for economic development in the North include:

•    Contributing $60 million annually to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund to support community and economic development; and

•    Launching the Go North Investor Program to pursue opportunities in appropriate international markets for new investments in Northern Ontario.

Today's infrastructure investment is part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan. It 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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