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Weather Balloon Facility to Launch in Timmins

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Weather Balloon Facility to Launch in Timmins

McGuinty Government Supporting Scientific Research, Boosting Local Economy

Ontario is supporting scientific research and strengthening the economy in Timmins.

With support from the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the City of Timmins is building a stratospheric balloon launch facility at the Victor M. Power Airport.  The facility will be used by the Canadian Space Agency in partnership with the French space agency Centre national d'études spatiales, and will support balloon flights to train scientists and engineers and test new technologies.

The project involves the construction of three buildings that will be leased to the Canadian Space Agency for a period of at least 10 years. Launches will bring about 150 scientists and engineers to Timmins for five-month periods at a time, injecting an estimated $5 million into the local economy each launch.

Investing in scientific research is an important part of the McGuinty government's Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. A strong northern economy creates local jobs and protects the services that mean the most to families - health care and education.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is supporting this project through the NOHFC’s Infrastructure and Community Development Program
  • Timmins has been identified as the best location in Canada to launch weather balloons because of its optimal latitude, wind, and weather conditions.

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“Our government is committed to investing in projects that will help diversify the northern economy and support scientific research. Through this important project, the City of Timmins will host hundreds of scientists and engineers, who will carry out their experiments and create significant economic spin-offs for the area.”

Rick Bartolucci

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

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