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Ontario Government Provides Additional Funding For Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront Walkway

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Ontario Government Provides Additional Funding For Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront Walkway

Investment Helps City Expand Tourism Experience

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government continues to support development along St. Mary's River in Sault Ste. Marie by providing additional funding for the construction of the city's waterfront walkway, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"A number of waterfront attractions are well established and helping visitors experience the natural beauty and history of the Sault Ste. Marie area," said Bartolucci, who chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).  "This walkway project will help enhance the tourism experience, create jobs, and boost the local economy."

The NOHFC will provide an additional $200,000 to the City of Sault Ste. Marie for a half kilometre extension of the walkway.  In one section near the Civic Centre, the extension will be adjacent to a new demonstration wetland, where visitors and students will be able to observe waterfowl and native vegetation.  In 2006, the NOHFC announced an $800,000 investment for the construction of the walkway, linking the Sault Locks to the Art Gallery of Algoma, and via Bay Street to the Ermatinger Old Stone House and the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.

"Our government's additional $200,000 investment to expand Sault Ste. Marie's waterfront boardwalk will further improve our community's scenic centerpiece for both visitors and community residents," said Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti. "Provincial funding for the Borealis project, the new Steelback Centre, Searchmont Ski Resort and the boardwalk, demonstrate our firm commitment to boost tourism and promote economic development in Sault Ste. Marie."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northern prosperity include:

•    Enhancing tourism by making the largest single NOHFC investment of $15 million towards the Sault Ste. Marie Borealis Project

•    Investing nearly $9.4 million to date, from the NOHFC, to provide internships and work placements to help 517 young northerners launch their careers in the North

•    Improving access to health care professionals and providing $6.7 million in bursaries for the students of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. The 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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