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Ontario Invests In New Science North Projects

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Ontario Invests In New Science North Projects

Investments Will Help Expand Visitor Experience

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is strengthening tourism and boosting the local economy by investing in three new initiatives at Science North, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our government has been steadfast in its support of new Science North attractions that are amazing countless new visitors from around the world," said Bartolucci, who chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).  "The magnificent new exhibits that are being developed here support the broader northern tourism industry and demonstrate Science North's ever-growing capacity to put out world-class educational and scientific content that can captivate people of all ages."

The NOHFC is providing more than $2.3 million for three Science North projects:

  • $1 million to design and construct four object theatres that will become Science North exhibits.  Object theatres include interactive multimedia presentations that inform the visitor on a specific subject.  Versions of these exhibits will be built and sold to science centres across North America;
  • $800,000 for a new 6,000-square foot travelling exhibit, titled Sea Monsters that will immerse visitors in an aquatic world of sea creatures using full-scale replicas, animatronics and interactive displays.  This exhibit will be featured at Science North for six months and then leased to other centres over the next five years
  • $550,000 to expand the Waterworks travelling exhibit, which will give visitors the opportunity to work with water, learn about harnessing its power and its impact on weather.  This brings the total NOHFC investment in Waterworks to $800,000.
  • "I am delighted that the NOHFC is helping strengthen the foundations for a strong tourism sector in the Northeast by supporting its premier tourism attractions," said Bartolucci. "Visitors throughout the region can now enjoy a wide range of activities and attractions that entertain, inform, stimulate and delight children, adults and families alike."

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

  • Investing more than $8.7 million, including $3.1 million from the NOHFC, to expand the SNOLAB research facility at Creighton Mine
  • Providing a total of $7.4 million for the initial construction and further expansions of Dynamic Earth
  • Contributing $2.5 million for the production, in Sudbury, of Météo Plus, a new television series to air on TFO, Ontario's French educational and cultural television network.  

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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