Province Helps Fly-In Tourism Operators Conserve Energy
McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners
THUNDER BAY - A provincial government program that encourages small businesses to conserve energy is helping owners of fly-in tourism outposts in Northwestern Ontario to reduce operating costs. Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro announced funding under the program today on behalf of Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, at the annual Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitters convention.
"Our government appreciates both the contribution that tourism makes to the northern economy, and the challenges that tourist operators face," said Mauro. "I am pleased that we are helping operators who are not on the electricity grid improve their ability to compete in this important sector."
The province is providing $7,235 to Showalter's Fly-in Service (winter based in Nestor Falls), $25,000 to Green Island Lodge (near Fort Frances) and $33,500 to Chimo Lodge (near Red Lake) to buy and install solar power systems at their outpost camps to supplement or replace diesel generators. Funding is provided through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation's (NOHFC) Small Business Energy Conservation Program.
"The NOHFC is focused on building new opportunities and new economic development in the North, not only by diversifying our economy, but by helping traditional northern industries, like tourism, find new and better ways to do business," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC.
Other initiatives by the McGuinty government for northerners include:
• Providing Sault Ste. Marie's major destination tourism project with the largest single NOHFC investment of $15 million
• Contributing $2 million to NAC Air LP from the NOHFC and the Northern Ontario Grow Bonds pilot program to build a new hangar in Thunder Bay
• Investing nearly $7.8 million to date, from the NOHFC, to provide internships and work placements to help some 430 young northerners launch their careers in 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.
Minister's Office - Sudbury
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