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Province Improves Markstay-Warren Infrastructure

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Province Improves Markstay-Warren Infrastructure

Funds Water Treatment Plant Upgrades

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is helping to ensure safe drinking water for the residents of the Municipality of Markstay-Warren, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

 "We are on the side of northerners. That is why we are ensuring the residents of this community have access to a safe and clean municipal water supply," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "Good drinking water is an essential and basic need that everyone expects."

The NOHFC will provide $357,394 to bring Markstay-Warren's water treatment plant into compliance with the Drinking Water Systems Regulation. The project includes the construction of a new well and treatment facility.  The municipal system serves approximately 170 households.

"Through the NOHFC and its programs we are providing northern communities with the means to upgrade important infrastructure systems," said Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP David Ramsay. "This is just one way we are demonstrating our commitment to fostering a thriving and prosperous future in the North."

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

•    Investing $1.8 billion, over the next five years, in upgraded and expanded northern highways

•    Contributing $60 million annually to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund to support community and economic development.

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/NOHFC - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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