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Province Invests In Timmins Tourism Infrastructure

Heritage Fund Helps With Local Resort Upgrades

TIMMINS - The Ontario government is supporting northern tourism by investing in the expansion of a full service hotel and wildlife resort in Timmins, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We believe in tourism as an important contributor to the northern economy," said Bartolucci. "Our government recognizes that the success of our hospitality sector plays an important role in sustaining northern communities."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) will provide $900,000 to Cedar Meadows Resort Inc. to expand and upgrade operations at its existing 29-unit hotel and wildlife tourist resort. The expansion will add 14 double rooms, a luxury suite, a 25-person meeting/conference room as well as a spa and exercise facility, allowing for larger groups to be accommodated for meetings and conventions. Upon completion the expansion project is expected to have helped create some 10 new permanent jobs at the resort.

"The Ontario government is committed to supporting the economic development of northern communities," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the NOHFC. "Our investments are helping ensure Northern Ontario continues to grow into a stronger, more prosperous region."

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

•    Investing more than $9 million in the rehabilitation of Highway 144 south of Timmins

•    Maintaining a province-wide system of Ontario Travel Information Centres that provided tourism information to 1.8 million visitors last year

•    Investing $14 million in tourism marketing and in sports, culture and tourism infrastructure initiatives in Northern Ontario.

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 - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125

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