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McGuinty Government Helps Diversify Sault Ste. Marie's Aviation Sector

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McGuinty Government Helps Diversify Sault Ste. Marie's Aviation Sector

Renovated Hanger At Sault Airport Will House New Company, New Employees

SAULT STE. MARIE - The Ontario government is supporting Sault Ste. Marie's growing aviation sector through an infrastructure investment at the city's airport, David Orazietti, Parliamentary Assistant to Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle, announced today.

"This investment will help support our local aviation industry and provide a boost to Sault Ste. Marie's economy," said Orazietti. "Today's announcement is part of our government's continuing commitment to upgrade critical infrastructure and create new jobs for this community."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $437,750 to the Sault Ste. Marie Airport Development Corporation to upgrade a vacant 30,000-square-foot hangar to allow a new company to operate an aircraft maintenance, overhaul and inspection business. It is expected that as many as 50 new jobs will be created. NOHFC funding will also help build a new, permanent aircraft storage hangar.

"Communities across the North are working hard to create opportunities for new investment," said Gravelle, who also chairs the NOHFC. "Our government is committed to working with them, the private sector and other levels of government to encourage strategic investments that will help strengthen and diversify local economies."

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

  • Providing $750,000 to Sault College to construct a 195-seat video conferencing and lecture theatre
  • Providing $1 million to establish a state-of-the-art Regional Emergency Response Centre in Sault Ste. Marie
  • Providing $5 million to the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation to advance the purchase and retrofitting of new rail cars for the Agawa Canyon Tour Train.

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.

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