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McGuinty Government Invests In Community Development For Michipicoten

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McGuinty Government Invests In Community Development For Michipicoten

Plan To Focus On Industrial, Commercial And Tourism Enhancements In Wawa

WAWA - The McGuinty government is investing in the future growth and prosperity of the Township of Michipicoten by supporting development of three-year plans to attract business investment and tourists, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We are on the side of northerners. That is why this government continues to help northern municipalities plan the development and expansion of key industrial and tourism infrastructure," said Bartolucci.  "Our investment will enable the community of Wawa to strengthen its economic foundations and build a more stable, prosperous future."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) will provide a total of $572,500 to help the community become more investment-ready and position it to attract more visitors and to extend their stay in the region.

The community will receive $385,000 for the expansion of the Michipicoten Industrial Park, and the construction of a new sanitary sewer line along Highway 101 (Mission Road). The other  $187,500 will be used to improve existing tourism infrastructure at several key attractions, including:

•    Redevelopment of the Wawa Lake park area

•    Construction of a water fountain

•    Upgrades to the goose monument

•    Construction of a First Nation learning pavilion, and

•    New multi-media promotion at the Wawa Visitor Information Centre

"Our government is committed to helping northern communities become prosperous and economically sound," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the Corporation. "By increasing the sustainability of small northern communities like Wawa, we are creating new opportunities for northerners to prosper in their home communities and helping to ensure the long-term vibrancy of our entire region."

Other McGuinty government initiatives in support of northern communities include:

•    Investing almost $9 million in the rehabilitation of Highways 101 and 547 east of Wawa
•    Investing more than $33 million in upgrades to drinking water systems upgrades to ensure quality drinking water across Northern Ontario.

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 - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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