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Province Supports New Rehabilitation Services In TImmins

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

TIMMINS - The McGuinty government is supporting healthy living and business development in Northern Ontario by investing in the expansion of a rehabilitation and fitness centre in Timmins, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We are on the side of northerners. That's why we are supporting private sector investors with a vision to promote the health and vitality of communities in the North," said Bartolucci. "This project is helping to meet a real need in the local health care community as well as having the potential to generate new employment in the city."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $362,946 to Rehab Plus Rehabilitation and Fitness Centre in Timmins to expand its operation to include a comprehensive cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program. The funding will be used toward the cost of relocating to a larger facility, making renovations and acquiring the software and equipment necessary to deliver the new program. The cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services will be offered in partnership with Vital Aire, the Timmins Family Health Team and the Porcupine Health Unit.

"Our investments in the growth of northern private sector enterprises are helping to bring a variety of new retail, manufacturing, industrial, health care and other business products and services to northerners," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "In doing so, we're building communities with more stable and broader economic foundations."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

•    Investing in northern health care, including $6.6 million for telemedicine, and major hospital expansions and improvements across the North

•    Opening the first Northern Ontario School of Medicine, to train doctors in the North, so they will practise in Northern Ontario

•    Investing $1 million in the development of the Timmins Regional Emergency Services Communication and Monitoring Centre.

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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