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Ontario Invests In Bearskin Lake First Nation Business Centre

Investment Will Promote Economic Development In The Far North

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is strengthening northern prosperity by investing in a new business centre at the Bearskin Lake First Nation, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"I am pleased that our government is supporting an initiative that could lead to enhanced economic activity and job creation at Bearskin Lake First Nation," said Bartolucci.  "By supporting this project, we are ensuring that this community in the Far North can continue participating in new opportunities for prosperity in the area."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) will invest $498,304 to build a business centre featuring rental space for repair services or light manufacturing, as well as storage and maintenance facilities for heavy equipment. Establishing these facilities will enable the community to pursue hydro, mining and other industrial opportunities in the region. The new facility will also enable Bearskin Lake First Nation to undertake its own logging activities and manufacture housing components such as counters, cupboards and wall panels.

"The McGuinty government continues working with First Nations to foster a relationship based on co-operation and mutual respect," said David Ramsay, Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs. "Through efforts like this one we are working towards our shared goals for sustainable growth and job creation in our remote Aboriginal communities."

"Our government is committed to helping northern communities develop enterprises that will foster economic growth and prosperity," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the NOHFC. "We are working with northerners to create a stronger, more prosperous North."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

•    Investing $3.5 million in the construction of winter roads over frozen lakes, rivers and land in the Far North
•    Opening the first Northern Ontario School of Medicine, to help alleviate the doctors shortage
•    Investing in northern health care, including $6.6 million for telemedicine, and major hospital expansions and improvements across the North.

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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