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Assiginack Drinking Water To Be Protected

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is helping provide clean drinking water to the Township of Assiginack by investing in upgrades to two water treatment plants in the municipality, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Access to safe drinking water is fundamental to Northern Ontario communities and I am pleased that our government could help bring clean water to residents in Assiginack," said Bartolucci.  "This project will modernize water infrastructure in the municipality and enable the area to pursue economic development opportunities."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing an additional investment of $311,410 to the Township of Assiginack for upgrades to the water treatment plants in Manitowaning and Sunsite Estates.  The project, which will improve the water quality for 241 households, includes upgrades to pumping stations as well as the installation of chlorination systems and zebra mussel control systems.  Since 2005, the NOHFC has invested $1,121,493 in the project.

"Improving the quality of life of northern residents is one of the priorities of our government," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the NOHFC. "Through our investments in water system upgrades, we are building healthier and stronger communities with brighter prospects for the future."

Other McGuinty government initiatives in support of northern prosperity include:

•    Investing $1.5 million toward the renovation of Gore Bay's waterfront, including a new Welcome Centre and 196 additional floating slips to accommodate larger boats

•    Providing $550,000 for the establishment of the Debajehmujig Theatre Group Training and Development Centre in Manitowaning

•    Contributing $350,000 for the expansion of Henley Boats, which designs and builds custom aluminium boats in Manitowaning.

These NOHFC projects 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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