Improving Municipal Infrastructure In Kirkland Lake
McGuinty Government Helping Revitalize Kirkland Lake Economy, Creating Jobs
Upgrades to municipal infrastructure will help the Town of Kirkland address the increasing demand for local services brought about by the local mining boom, and create up to 70 construction jobs.
With support from Ontario, Kirkland Lake will upgrade local roads and water infrastructure, helping the community meet growing demand. Since 2008, three new mines have begun operating in the area and two more are in development. With this growth, the number of mining production jobs is expected to reach 2,000 in 2013, up from 300 in 2008.
The Province is also providing assistance to Kirkland Lake to launch a three-year economic revitalization plan. The project is expected to create about 14 jobs and will help the community identify strategies to take advantage of the mining boom, and diversify and strengthen its economy for future growth.
Updating Ontario's roads, highways, transit, hospitals and schools is part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow local economies and ensure the province remains strong and competitive for years to come.
- The population of Kirkland Lake has increased from 8,248 in 2006 to about 10,000 in 2011.
- In addition to funding announced to assist municipalities as part of Ontario's 2011 Budget -- Turning the Corner, the Province is investing a total of $13.9 million in infrastructure improvements in four Northern Ontario mining municipalities, including $6 million towards Kirkland Lake's infrastructure projects.
- Kirkland Lake is also receiving $695,700 from the NOHFC's Community Development Program for its economic revitalization project.
- Kirkland Lake Gold launched the first phase of a three-year mine development and refurbishment program in 2009. The first phase was completed in July 2010, and the second phase - projected to double production to up to 1,400 tons of ore per day - is expected to be completed late this year.
“The mining industry is an important contributor to our provincial economy, as witnessed by recent mine openings and re-openings and the extent of work being done at existing sites. We will support the industry by investing in the municipal services that support the new residents, along with their families, who are working in these new jobs and putting down roots in our northern communities”
“As Kirkland Lake's economy is turning the corner, the community is currently dealing with both the opportunities and challenges of an economic boom, requiring the town to upgrade local infrastructure. I am delighted that funding is being directed toward helping the town meet the demand for municipal services”