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Ontario Supports Waterfront Redevelopment Efforts

Invests In Downtown Port Of Kenora Project

KENORA - The McGuinty government is supporting economic and community development in Kenora by investing in streetscape improvements that will complement a major private sector redevelopment project planned for the waterfront, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"The City of Kenora has shown much resilience in dealing with recent economic challenges and is actively pursuing new investment opportunities in the commercial and tourism sectors," said Bartolucci.  "Redevelopment of the city's waterfront is a pillar of its economic development strategy and is critical to laying the foundations for a prosperous future."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is contributing $2 million toward a streetscaping project in the area of Bernier Drive, Main Street, First Street and McLellan  Avenue, including resurfacing roads, landscaping, as well as other enhancements that will improve traffic flow and create additional parking for cars, larger vehicles and boats.  The work will complement municipal infrastructure upgrades planned for the waterfront of downtown Kenora.

The project is the first phase of a proposed $25-million downtown revitalization plan designed to attract investment and position Kenora as a premier tourist destination, including a planned $12 million waterfront residential and commercial project on Main Street.  The city estimates the revitalized waterfront will lead to over 100 new jobs in retail, hospitality, and other sectors, as well as more than 90,000 new visitors to the area every year.  

"The Kenora harbour and its access to beautiful Lake of the Woods is one of the jewels of Ontario's tourism industry," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC.  "The expanded facilities and enhanced downtown core will support efforts to bring long-term prosperity to the community."

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

•    Investing $28,250 through GO North's Northern Communities Investment Readiness initiative to deliver economic development training to officials from Kenora and other northwestern communities

•    Investing more than $10 million to rehabilitate approximately 35 kilometers of the Kenora Bypass (Highway 17A)

•    Providing $31,000 to Highwind Lake Camp near Kenora to replace the year-round camp's diesel-powered generator with a solar power system.

These initiatives are 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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