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Ontario Invests In New Webequie First Nation Health And Social Services Centre

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Ontario Invests In New Webequie First Nation Health And Social Services Centre

McGuinty Government On The Side of Northerners

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is delivering better health care and social services to Ontario's Far North by investing in the construction of a new health centre at Webequie First Nation, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Modern community facilities that house important health and social services are essential to improving the quality of life in remote northern communities," said Bartolucci. "The McGuinty government is very pleased to support the establishment of this new facility, which will bring additional services closer to the residents of Webequie and will help boost the local economy."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) will provide $1 million to construct an 8,121 square foot Health and Social Services Centre.  The new facility will house a number of programs and services including a new branch office of the Tikinagan Child and Family Services.  Tikinagan provides child protection, young offender support and adoption services to Aboriginal people in Northern Ontario and will hire up to 12 new staff members for its branch office.

"I am very pleased that our government is assisting with the construction of this critically important facility at Webequie, said David Ramsay, Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs.  "Better services will further promote healthy lifestyles and support the important work of the Tikinagan Child and Family Services."

"We congratulate the Webequie First Nation leaders for working with their provincial project partners to develop this community based model of service delivery," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC.  "This facility will provide support to families and children and enable more children requiring treatment to be looked after in their home community."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

  • Investing $3.5 million to construct more than 3,000 kilometres of winter roads linking some 31 Far North communities
  • Contributing $530,400 to build a new hotel and expand a mineral warehouse in Kasabonika Lake First Nation
  • Providing more than $590,000 to construct a new harbour and seven-kilometre road to the Fort Severn First Nation.

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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