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Province Increases Support For Massey Tourism

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Province Increases Support For Massey Tourism

Investment Will Foster Economic Development

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is supporting the growth of tourism in Massey by making an additional investment in the Massey Agricultural Society's event grounds, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our government is committed to strengthening community infrastructure in the North," said Bartolucci. "A strong tourism infrastructure is a powerful instrument that helps northern communities boost their potential to attract more visitors."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) will provide an additional $49,062 to develop Massey's agri-tourism and cultural events complex on the agricultural society's event grounds. This complex will accommodate larger events such as car shows, farmers markets, and equestrian events and could help create as many as eight seasonal jobs. In 2004, the NOHFC announced a $150,000 investment in the project.

"Events and activities emanating from this complex are expected to increase tourism traffic for communities along the north shore's Highway 17 corridor," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "Increased tourism will help sustain and possibly expand local business activity."

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

  • Investing $325,000 to help Maple Leaf Forest Products Inc. expand and upgrade its facility in Echo Bay
  • Investing $436,985 in the Township of the North Shore to upgrade the Serpent River public boat launch and build two new public boat launches in Spragge and Algoma Mills.

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.

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