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Province Invests In Greestone Rail Line

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Province Invests In Greestone Rail Line

Municipality 'On Track' For New Development Opportunities

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is helping to put the Municipality of Greenstone on track toward new economic growth by investigating the feasibility of keeping the Kinghorn Rail Line operational. Thunder Bay Superior-North MPP Michael Gravelle made the announcement today on behalf of the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Rick Bartolucci.

"It is vital for our remote northern communities to remain connected by a reliable transportation network," said Gravelle. "Our investment will help determine the rail line's future potential for new tourism and economic development opportunities in this community."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $50,000 to enable Greenstone to undertake an engineering study and develop a business plan for the Kinghorn Rail Line located between Longlac and Thunder Bay. These will determine the viability of marketing the Kinghorn Rail Line, which provides a connection from the Greenstone area to the main Canadian Pacific rail line which follows Lake Superior, to potential buyers. Service along the Kinghorn Rail Line is being discontinued by Canadian National Railways.  

"This rail line holds an untapped potential for other uses that could help the region's tourism industry to flourish," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "New opportunities in tourism mean new jobs for northerners."

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

  • Providing $67,500 to Geraldton Community Forest Inc. to do preparatory work for an online interactive mapping application
  • Providing $692,700 toward the expansion of industrial and commercial space at Greenstone Regional Airport to help bring new business and jobs to the community
  • Providing more than $1.6 million to construct a 22-bed long-term care home to service the Schreiber, Rossport and Terrace Bay area.

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.

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