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Ontario Helps New Business Take Flight

Business Opens in Sault Ste. Marie

SAULT STE.MARIE - The McGuinty government is boosting the economy of Sault Ste. Marie by investing in a new aerial photography business, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our government is committed to supporting the launch of small businesses across Northern Ontario," said Sault Ste. Marie MPP David Orazietti.  "Our investment will help this local entrepreneur offer an important service to the North's forestry sector and will position the business for future growth."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $15,000 to establish Aerial Resource Technologies in Sault Ste. Marie.  The business will offer remote control high resolution aerial photography, video and ground-based Global Positioning System services.  In addition to the forestry sector, prospective clients include government, real estate agencies and mining companies that require imaging and aerial surveys.

"By working closely with entrepreneurs, we can help create meaningful job opportunities across the North," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC.  "Ontario is very pleased to support the start-up of this business and I congratulate the entrepreneur for applying his career skills to a new venture."  

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

  • Investing more than $13.8 million to date, through the NOHFC, to provide internships and work placements to help more than 730 young northerners launch their careers in the North
  • Providing $1 million to establish a state-of-the-art Regional Emergency Response Centre in Sault Ste. Marie
  • Contributing $500,000 to establish Black Loon Millworks, a manufacturer of custom hardwood products and commercial millwork in Sault Ste. Marie

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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