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Province Invests In Cobalt Drinking Water

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

COBALT - The Ontario government is ensuring residents of Cobalt have access to clean, safe drinking water by investing in upgrades to the local water treatment plant, Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP David Ramsay announced today on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.

"I am pleased that the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is continuing to support the efforts of northern communities to provide residents with safe, reliable drinking water," said Ramsay. "This additional investment will help improve the quality of life for the residents of Cobalt and support the community's efforts to attract new businesses."

The NOHFC is providing an additional investment of $89,901 to the Town of Cobalt for upgrades to the local water treatment plant, including the installation of an ultraviolet disinfection system and two automated chlorinators.  In 2004, the NOHFC announced an investment of $289,811 to the project, which will improve the water quality for some 614 households.

"The McGuinty government is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all northerners," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "Without this support, communities such as Cobalt would not be able to undertake these important projects."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

•    Providing up to $25,000 through the Northern Ontario Young Entrepreneur Program to support business start-ups by young northerners

•    Opening the first Northern Ontario School of Medicine to help alleviate the doctor shortage

•    Investing nearly $7.5 million to date, from the NOHFC, to provide internships and work placements to help some 425 young northerners launch their careers in the North.

These projects 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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