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Sault Ste. Marie Expands Tourism Experience

Support For Project Shows Government Is On The Side Of Northern Prosperity

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is strengthening tourism in Sault Ste. Marie by investing in the extension of the community's waterfront walkway, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our government is committed to strengthening tourism, one of the North's most important economic sectors," said Bartolucci, who chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).  "In conjunction with other NOHFC-funded tourism initiatives in the area, this walkway project will help attract more tourists and will generate significant economic benefits."

The NOHFC will provide $800,000 the City of Sault Ste. Marie for the half kilometre extension of the St. Mary's River Waterfront Walkway. The new walkway will link the Sault Locks Canal to the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre and will help promote these and many other attractions, including the Borealis Centre, Charity Casino, Station Mall, Roberta Bondar Park and the Ermatinger Old Stone House.  This project will provide a safe and attractive path for visitors, will increase tourism revenues and will create jobs.

"The McGuinty government is working with northern communities to maximize tourism opportunities across this great region," said Orazietti. "Our recent investments in the major Borealis project, in the new sports facility and in this walkway are demonstrating our firm commitment to boost Sault Ste. Marie tourism and to helping grow the economy."

"With its proximity to the U.S. border, Sault Ste. Marie is one of Northern Ontario's main tourism destinations and an important gateway to this vast and magnificent land," said Tourism Minister Jim Bradley.  "Through investments, such as this one, our government is helping northern communities tap into a huge potential for increased tourism activity in the North."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northern prosperity include:

•    Enhancing tourism by making the largest single NOHFC investment of $15 million towards the Sault Ste. Marie Major Destination Project;

•    Investing $1 million in Sault Ste. Marie's new sports facility, the Steelback Centre;

•    Investing $2.1 million in the construction of the Flakeboard Company melamine lamination plant in Sault Ste. Marie.

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
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Michel Lavoie    
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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