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Province Supports Economic Growth In Opasatika

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is helping the Township of Opasatika plan for a strong future by investing in a three-year economy recovery project, Minister of Northern Development and Mines Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We hope this project will help create a blueprint for new growth in Opasatika and its neighbouring communities," said Bartolucci, who is also Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "By helping the community restructure and reshape its economy, we are laying foundations for future of growth and prosperity."

The NOHFC is providing $135,000 to help the Township of Opasatika implement an economic recovery strategy developed by the Opasatika Community Adjustment Committee. The strategy outlines the municipality's plan to take ownership of a vacant sawmill facility and transform the site into a multi-use industrial facility that could be leased for other forestry and bioenergy purposes.

"When we increase the sustainability of small northern communities like Opasatika, we also help sustain the vibrancy of our entire region," Bartolucci said. "Through our many varied investments in infrastructure, our government has shown our commitment to communities across the North."

Other ways the McGuinty government is strengthening northern communities include:

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

•    Investing more than $1.8 billion over five years to upgrade and expand northern highways

•    Ensuring quality drinking water in northern communities by investing more than $33 million since October 2003 in upgrades to drinking water system in the North.

These initiatives are 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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