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Province Promotes Tourism And Economic Growth In Schreiber

McGuinty Government Supports Northern Prosperity

THUNDER BAY - The McGuinty Government is helping the community of Schreiber tap its tourism potential by investing in the development of a Railway Heritage and Festival site downtown, Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle announced today on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister, Rick Bartolucci.

"We are on the side of northerners. That's why we are helping communities that are striving to preserve the rich heritage our region is built upon," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "By promoting the North's unique cultural and heritage attributes, we are helping the region's tourism industry to flourish, and that means jobs for northerners."

The NOHFC is providing $119,300 to the Schreiber Heritage & Tourism Committee
toward the establishment of a Railway Heritage and Festival site that will be used as a gathering place for community festivals and as a staging area for tourists to gather information and plan activities in Schreiber and the surrounding region. The project is expected to include the addition of railroad equipment and supporting facilities, such as washrooms and picnic tables, to the town's existing rail car heritage site. Refurbished flat, baggage and box cars are also expected to be integrated into the site as a staging area for community events and information displays.

"Tourism is rapidly becoming a major driver in the success of the North," said Gravelle. "By strengthening this sector of the Schreiber and area economy, we are creating new opportunities for business and economic growth."

Other ways the McGuinty government is strengthening the tourism industry and economies of northern communities include:

•    Investing $960,075 to improve the historic Schreiber Beach Road and provide safe access to conservation reserves and hiking trails in the area;

•    Maintaining a province-wide system of Ontario Travel Information Centres that provided tourism information to 1.8 million visitors last year;
•    Providing more than $760,000 through the Ministry of Tourism and $375,000 through the NOHFC to support marketing initiatives in the second year of the Strategic Tourism Development and Marketing Partnership for Northern Ontario.

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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