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Province Improves Access To Clean Water In North Shore

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Province Improves Access To Clean Water In North Shore

Investment Supports Cleaner, Healthier Northern Communities

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is contributing to cleaner, healthier northern communities by investing in significant upgrades to water and sewage systems in the Township of the North Shore, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our government is helping communities across the North bring their water and sewage treatment systems to provincial standards," said Bartolucci, who is also Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "Northern communities with clean, safe drinking water and modern sewage treatment capabilities are communities that are better positioned to grow and prosper."

The McGuinty government is providing additional funding of $262,881 through the NOHFC to upgrade water treatment and sewage facilities in the Township of the North Shore by installing a membrane filtration water system as well as making improvements to the sewage treatment system.  The NOHFC has previously invested $355,484 in the project which included improvements to both Serpent River and Pronto East facilities.

"The well-being of northern communities is intrinsically tied to the quality of their drinking water," said Bartolucci. "Our government is committed to ensuring that all northerners have access to a water supply that is safe and reliable."

This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in the North.  Other examples include:

•    Contributing, with the Government of Canada, up to $298 million to the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (COMRIF) over five years to improve and renew public infrastructure

•    Investing $436,985 to upgrade the Serpent River public boat launch and build two new public boat launches in Spragge and Algoma Mills

•    Hiring new full-time water inspectors, investigators and other compliance staff province-wide to improve monitoring of water quality issues in our communities.

Today's initiative is 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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