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Province Invests In Temagami Infrastructure

Water Treatment Plant, Local Welcome Centre To Be Upgraded

TEMAGAMI - Investments by the provincial government are bringing cleaner, safer water and improved community amenities to Temagami, Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP David Ramsay announced today on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.

"We are on the side of northerners," said Ramsay. "Our investments in these projects firmly demonstrate our government's commitment to improving municipal infrastructure and leveraging new economic development opportunities in communities throughout Northern Ontario."   

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $720,000 to refurbish the Temagami Welcome Centre, a multi-purpose building that serves as a community theatre, tourism and employment centre, chamber of commerce office, public library, art gallery, community boardroom and municipal offices.  Work includes repairing the roof, installation of an air exchange system, electrical construction and numerous other repairs.

In addition, the province is investing $281,945 to complete upgrades to the Temagami North and Temagami South water treatment plants to comply with the provincial Drinking Water Systems Regulation. The upgrades will provide safe drinking water to approximately 1,400 households.  The NOHFC provided funding of $461,939 to this project in January 2005, bringing its contribution to $743,884.

"Helping provide modern, reliable infrastructure to northern communities is a cornerstone of our Northern Prosperity Plan," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the NOHFC. "Our investments in these projects will ensure essential work is completed to improve the quality of life for residents in this community."  

Other McGuinty government initiatives in support of northern communities and their families include:

•    Hiring 33 new full-time water inspectors, investigators and other compliance staff province-wide, to improve monitoring of water quality issues in our communities

•    Investing to date, over $33 million through the NOHFC in water system upgrades to ensure quality drinking water across Northern Ontario

•    A $1.8-billion investment over five years in upgraded and expanded northern highways.    

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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