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Province Invests In New Water Facility

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Province Invests In New Water Facility

Upgrade Will Provide Economic Boost For Powassan

POWASSAN - The Ontario government is helping the Municipality of Powassan improve local water quality by investing in the construction of a new water storage facility, Nipissing MPP Monique Smith announced today on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister
Rick Bartolucci.

"Our government is committed to ensuring northern communities have modern, reliable infrastructure in place," Smith said.  "Having this new facility in place will help Powassan position itself to attract new economic activity to the community."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $700,000 to construct a new water storage facility to replace the existing aging facility.  The project includes construction of the new reservoir, replacement of the well pumps, decommissioning the existing standpipe and providing a new water main connection.  The new storage facility will provide two separate compartments to permit maintenance without affecting service.  Construction of the new facility will enable the community to realize additional economic development opportunities.

"We're on the side of northerners.  That's why our government is helping to make northern communities better places in which to live and work," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC.  "Through this investment, we are helping residents of Powassan enjoy a quality of life that is second to none."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

•    A $1.8 billion investment, over the next five years, in upgraded and expanded northern highways

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

•    A $1 million contribution, through the NOHFC, to the Blue Sky Economic Growth Corporation to expand wireless, open-access broadband infrastructure throughout the districts of Nipissing, Parry Sound and Sudbury.

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/NOHFC - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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