Ontario Invests In Greater Sudbury Emergency Services Centre
Project Will Establish Integrated Emergency And Protective Services Facility
SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is strengthening emergency management and first-response services in the Greater Sudbury area by investing in a consolidated Emergency Services Centre, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.
"Our government recognizes that emergency preparedness and training are fundamental aspects of sound community planning," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "This integrated centre will bring together Sudbury's first responders and provide a better quality of service to the public at reduced cost."
The NOHFC is providing $1 million to the City of Greater Sudbury to support the completion of exterior site improvements at the Emergency Services Centre in Azilda. Some of these improvements include an expanded parking area to accommodate both new occupants of the building and existing public facilities, independent road access for emergency vehicles, protected parking for police cruisers, a secure police services area for recovered stolen property, directional signage, a separate public entrance and enhanced exterior lighting to provide safe access for staff and public.
"Greater Sudbury emergency medical services, emergency management services, fire and police services are moving to one strategic location to facilitate close working relationships," said Greater Sudbury Mayor John Rodriguez. "Teamwork is especially important during municipal emergencies. Having essential services under one roof will enhance our capabilities to protect the health and safety of citizens."
"This is an important community safety initiative that will help ensure Greater Sudbury area residents receive the continued excellent level of service they need and deserve," said Monte Kwinter, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. "I congratulate all the project partners for working co-operatively to build stronger and more efficient emergency response services in the North."
This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in the North. Other examples include:
- Providing more than $11.2 million to date, from the NOHFC, to provide internships and work placements to help some 613 young northerners launch their careers in the North
- Investing $8.6 million to improve access to health care for northerners including an increase to 41 cents per kilometre under the Northern Health Travel Grant Program
- Contributing $2.7 million to support emergency training and preparedness in Thunder Bay and Timmins.
These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. It has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.