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Science North Tackles New Tourism Projects

Support For Tourism Ventures Shows Government Is On The Side Of Northern Prosperity

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is strengthening tourism and developing the film industry in Northern Ontario by investing in two new initiatives at Science North, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our government is committed to growing the economy in Northern Ontario, including its vibrant tourism sector," said Bartolucci, who chairs the NOHFC.  "That's why we're investing in the expansion of Science North, a major attraction that helps bring thousands of visitors to the North every year."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $1.1 million to Science North for the development of new exhibits.  A travelling exhibit titled Ends of the Earth: From Polar Bears to Penguins will allow visitors to explore the unique nature of the Earth's polar regions.  Another travelling exhibit, called Waterworks, will give visitors the opportunity to work with water, learn about harnessing its power and its impact on weather.  

In addition, in partnership with the Town of Cochrane and its Polar Bear Habitat attraction, Science North will construct special exhibits in Sudbury and Cochrane, including bear cave exhibits and information on the biology of the polar bears and their habitat.  This project will incorporate web camera linkages between facilities.

Science North will also receive $1 million for the production and distribution of an IMAX film titled Wonders of the Great Lakes, highlighting the issues facing the world's fresh water resources.  The film will be marketed in IMAX theatres across Canada and in the Great Lakes region of the United States.  This project will help generate distribution revenues and provide funding for future IMAX film productions.  It is helping further expand the IMAX film production capacity in the North.

"Our government's investments in these tourism initiatives will attract an even larger number of visitors to Northern Ontario and will generate significant economic benefits for the region," said Tourism Minister Jim Bradley. "I am delighted that the NOHFC is supporting strategic tourism and recreation activities such as these exciting Science North projects."

"We are excited about creating three new fabulous experiences for Northern Ontario," said Science North CEO Jim Marchbank. "The travelling exhibits and IMAX® film will also be sold or leased internationally, generating revenue that will be reinvested into exhibit development and renewal at Science North. This will ensure new and exciting experiences continue to be developed for our local audiences."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northern prosperity include:

•    Investing $2.1 million for the production of the Chilly Beach animated television series;

•    Providing $1 million for the phase two expansion of Dynamic Earth in Sudbury;

•    Contributing $150,000 to develop a film industry strategy and to encourage production companies to consider Northern Ontario as a potential location for their film and television projects.

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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