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Provincial Funding Improves Access To North Bay Waterfront

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Provincial Funding Improves Access To North Bay Waterfront

Two New Underpasses Will Link Downtown To Waterfront Areas

NORTH BAY - The McGuinty government is supporting the further development of North Bay's waterfront into a multi-faceted tourism venue and focal point for community leisure by investing in the construction of two underpasses, Nipissing MPP Monique Smith announced today on behalf of Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.

"Our government is committed to supporting the Nipissing area's tourism sector, which is the economic mainstay of many communities in our region," said Smith. "Through our ongoing investments in waterfront amenity improvements, we entice tourists to visit North Bay, we enhance recreational facilities for our residents, and we boost the local economy."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is investing $3.25 million in the construction of two underpasses linking North Bay's waterfront and downtown areas.  The main underpass will be designed for pedestrian traffic with wide sightlines to maximize aesthetics and safety.  The second underpass, which will be used by a mini-train people mover, will provide transportation to and from the waterfront.  This project also includes the installation of a pumping station for water accumulation as well as the construction of a 140-metre brick walkway between the Discovery Centre and the waterfront.

"Our government recognizes that North Bay's waterfront is a significant tourist attraction and a hub for countless community activities," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the NOHFC.  "City leaders are to be commended for transforming the shoreline into such a beautiful and multi-functional setting."

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

  • Providing $1 million toward the cost of upgrading municipal services on Oak Street including sewer, water and electrical distribution systems
  • Enhancing tourism by contributing $1.3 million in the establishment of the Discovery Centre
  • Investing nearly $2 million to transform the former Canadian Pacific Rail waterfront property ino an urban park with commercial and residential components.

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.

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