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New Centre Brings Opportunity To Cochrane

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New Centre Brings Opportunity To Cochrane

Province Supports Multi-use Facility Named After Hockey Hero

COCHRANE - The McGuinty government is fostering economic development and tourism in Cochrane by supporting the community's new multi-use events centre, Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP David Ramsay announced today on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.

"We are on the side of northern prosperity. That's why we are helping the Town of Cochrane diversify its economy and tourism sector with this new multi-use centre," said Ramsay at the facility's official opening. "The Tim Horton Events Centre will provide a safer more accessible place for northerners to enjoy a variety of pastimes."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is investing $2,000,000 in the Tim Horton Events Centre. When fully operational, the new 57,000 square-foot centre will feature an aquatic centre with wading pool, water slide, three-lane lap pool, and a whirl pool. The centre will also house a 500-seat arena with a NHL-size ice surface, dressing rooms for men and women; offices, an auditorium and a Tim Horton Museum and concession stand.  This part of the centre is now open for public use.

"I am extremely proud that with the help of this investment, people of all ages who live, work or vacation in the Cochrane area will be able to enjoy the far reaching benefits this centre will have to offer," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "By creating new jobs and attracting new events to Cochrane, we expect the Tim Horton Events Centre will play an important role in the future growth of this community."  

This initiative is just one way the McGuinty government is supporting northern prosperity.  Others include:  

•    Providing $73,000 to the Township of Armstrong to fund drainage improvements to the Earlton-Timiskaming Airport

•    Providing $50,000 to the Cochrane and Area Community Development Corporation to determine the feasibility of creating an agri-business enterprise cluster

•    Providing $1.1 million to Science North for the development of a new travelling exhibit, titled Ends of the Earth: From Polar Bears to Penguins in collaboration with Cochrane's Polar Bear Habitat and Heritage village.

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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