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Province Invests In New Drinking Water System In Desbarats

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Province Invests In New Drinking Water System In Desbarats

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Provides Additional Funding For Project

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is providing additional funding to complete water treatment plant upgrades in Desbarats, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Access to safe clean drinking water is something to which all northerners have a right," said Bartolucci. "I am pleased that we can assist this community make important improvements to its water system."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) will provide an additional $6,343 to bring the Desbarats (Township of Johnson) water treatment plant in compliance with the Drinking Water Systems Regulation. The project includes various upgrades that will improve the water system that caters to some 100 households and a number of public facilities within the municipality. The province previously announced an NOHFC investment of $25,481 in this project.

"I am pleased that the McGuinty government has been able to help many communities undertake necessary upgrades to water systems across the North," said Bartolucci. "By making investments like this one we are providing northern communities with the infrastructure necessary to pursue economic growth and prosperity."

This initiative is just one way the Ontario government is helping northerners. Others include:

•    Opening the first Northern Ontario School of Medicine, to help alleviate the doctor shortage

•    A $357-million investment this year in the rehabilitation and expansion of the northern highway network.

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. Since 2003, investments in infrastructure, postsecondary education, research and innovation and key economic sectors have helped strengthen Ontario's economic foundations and continue to build opportunity.

Laura Blondeau
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Michel Lavoie    
MNDM/NOHFC - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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