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Province Supports Young Timmins Entrepreneur

Provincial Funding Plants A Seed For New Jobs

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is investing in a young Timmins entrepreneur's plans to acquire and reopen a tree nursery that operated previously in the city, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We are on the side of northerners. That's why we are helping young entrepreneurs launch meaningful businesses in their home communities throughout Northern Ontario," said Bartolucci. "Ontario's investments in our bright and talented youth demonstrate our commitment to ensuring the long-term prosperity of the North."  

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is contributing $25,000 through its Young Entrepreneur Program toward the start-up and equipment acquisition costs of Pizzale Gardens. The funding will support the cost of renovating and repairing the main building as well as a greenhouse. Pizzale Gardens will grow trees and plants for sale to the Timmins and Cochrane area market.

"We are very pleased to have introduced a provincial funding program that is helping retain young people in the North by supporting new employment," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC.  "Creating new opportunities for the next generation of northerners to build careers and raise young families at home is critical to the long-term success of our region."

This initiative is just one way the McGuinty government is supporting northern youth. Others include:

•    Future Entrepreneurs - a program that nurtures an entrepreneurial mindset and teaches skills to students in Grades 7 and 8

•    Investing over $8 million to date, through the NOHFC, to provide internships and work placements to help some 447 young northerners launch their careers in the North

•    Providing more than $1.2 million over the last two years to support the start-up of 61 businesses by young northern entrepreneurs.

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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