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Northern Economy Continues To Grow

McGuinty Government Connecting Communities And Supporting Training

Ontario is helping to build a stronger, more sustainable and diverse northern economy by supporting new infrastructure and training in Northern Ontario.

These new improvements include:

  • Bringing cellular services to remote northern communities to connect them with cell service and broadband
  • Providing new skills training for Aboriginal people and Northern Ontarians to build a skilled workforce in sectors such as mining, energy, forestry, tourism and agriculture
  • Extending natural gas services to Red Lake, Balmertown and Cochenour to support the growth of the local mining industry, provide energy alternatives to residents and create jobs
  • Establishing an industrial park at the Kapuskasing airport to support existing businesses and help attract new economic development opportunities.
Over the next week, the northern community and business leaders are meeting to develop the next phase of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. The focus is to attract people and investment to the North by supporting training, education and employment opportunities in order to compete internationally.

Planning and investing in future economic strategies in Northern Ontario communities is a key component of the plan laid out in Ontario's 2011 Budget - Turning the Corner, to create and support 10,000 new and existing jobs for Ontario families and to strengthen local economies.

Quick Facts

  • ThinkNorth II will bring together about 500 northerners to work alongside international experts to share ideas and discover best practices in regional economic planning.
  • The first ThinkNorth II session will be in Thunder Bay on June 13-14, 2011 and the second session will be in Sudbury on June 15-16, 2011. Many are also participating through videoconference sites across the North.
  • Spanning more than 800,000 square kilometres, Northern Ontario covers an area that is larger than most Canadian provinces. The region includes 144 municipalities, 106 First Nations, several Métis communities and more than 150 unincorporated communities.

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“With the Growth Plan as our blueprint, we are working with northerners to build a more innovative economy, strengthen northern communities and provide northerners with a vibrant place to live, work and raise families”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry

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