Province Supports Wawa Lodge Expansion
Funding Helps Outfitter Become All-Season Destination
SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is promoting the growth of tourism in Wawa by investing in the expansion of a local wilderness resort, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.
"We are extremely pleased to support the expansion of this important local enterprise," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "Our assistance will enable this business to evolve into a year-round operation to further accommodate a significant client base in the northern United States."
The NOHFC, through its Enterprises North Job Creation Program, will provide $75,000 to the Totomenai Lodge on Whitefish Lake. The funding will be used to build new guest facilities and to winterize the main lodge, leading to the creation of six new jobs in the near future.
"Commerce is the bedrock that underlies future prosperity throughout Northern Ontario," said Bartolucci. "Our program supports many entrepreneurs in their endeavors across Northern Ontario."
This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in support of northern economic development in the area. Other examples include:
- Investing almost $9 million in the rehabilitation of Highways 101 and 547 east of Wawa
- Investing $1 million through the Northern Ontario Grow Bonds Loan Program to help expand operations of The Wilderness Group in Wawa
- The NOHFC's Northern Ontario Youth Internship and Co-op Program, which helps provide on-the-job training and experience to youth who will work in the North.
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.