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Province Helps Parry Sound Prepare For World Enduro Championships

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northern Prosperity

PARRY SOUND - The McGuinty government is helping the Town of Parry Sound upgrade local infrastructure in preparation for the first World Enduro Championship event to ever be held in North America, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Hosting a major event such as the World Enduro Championships is an ideal opportunity to showcase the diverse opportunities and attractions the North has to offer to an international audience," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "We are on the side of northerners and that's why we're helping the Town of Parry Sound host this landmark event."

The NOHFC is investing $34,650 toward the capital improvements and equipment required in preparation for The World Enduro Championships.  The event consists of an off-road motorbike competition during which world class riders will race across more than 50 kilometres of local, municipal and private trails in the Parry Sound area July 15-16. Provincial funds will be used to offset the cost of acquiring computer and timing equipment for the event and for ancillary plumbing and electrical service upgrades to the Bobby Orr Community Centre, which will serve as headquarters for the two-day event.

"We are always pleased to support initiatives that help build northern communities and encourage their future economic growth," said Bartolucci. "We are proud to work with partners like Parry Sound as we continue to build future prosperity for our entire region."

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

•    Providing $176,200 to Sail Parry Sound for the construction of a multi purpose public sailing centre, including a new park and wharf to accommodate a sailing school and regattas

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

•    Launching the Go North Investor Program to pursue opportunities in appropriate international markets for new investments in Northern Ontario.
 
Today's initiative 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
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Michel Lavoie
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125

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