Province Funds New Emergency Response Centre in Sault Ste. Marie
Residents Will Benefit From Improved Emergency Service Delivery
SAULT STE. MARIE - The McGuinty government is helping to deliver better emergency services in the Sault Ste. Marie area by investing in a new regional emergency response centre, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.
"The integration of services within this new centre will create operational efficiencies for all participating agencies," said Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti. "Local residents will greatly benefit from this enhanced quality of emergency services."
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $1,000,000 to establish a state-of-the-art Regional Emergency Response Centre in Sault Ste. Marie. Funding will be used to renovate and retrofit an existing Ministry of Transportation building into a multi-purpose facility that will integrate fire protection and emergency medical services. The new facility will also provide a new joint training venue for emergency response, fire department, and police services personnel.
"Delivering effective emergency services is an important part of building safer, stronger, healthier communities," said Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Monte Kwinter. "I am delighted that the province can contribute so significantly to this innovative project."
"The capacity to respond to emergencies is of paramount importance to the welfare and safety of all residents of Ontario," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "This investment reflects our government's ongoing commitment to respond to the needs of northern communities."
This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in Sault Ste. Marie. Other examples include:
- Investing $15 million through the NOHFC to create a tourist attraction that will be part of the city's major destination project
- Providing $1 million to extend the Sault Ste. Marie waterfront walkway
- Providing $500,000 to establish Black Loon Millworks International, a manufacturer of custom hardwood products.
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.