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Ontario Invests in New Tourism Infrastructure in Cochrane

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Ontario Invests in New Tourism Infrastructure in Cochrane

Funding Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Province’s History

Ontario is helping to increase tourism and create jobs in the town of Cochrane by investing in two local infrastructure projects.

With a $1-million investment from the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the city will construct a 3,500 square foot special events pavilion along the north end of the Commando Lake waterfront. The pavilion will feature a number of new facilities including permanent restrooms, change rooms, a stage, kitchen and utilities. This investment will create 10 local jobs during construction and once complete, the facility will be capable of hosting up to 2,000 people for festivals, concerts, the local farmer's market and cultural events.

An additional investment of $687,250 from the NOHFC will support enhancements to the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat including improved live streaming, perimeter fencing and bear holding upgrades that will support conservation and education about Ontario's polar bear population.  

This funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- more than $130 billion over ten years, which will support more than 110,000 jobs per year on average, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals across the province.

Ontario's long-term infrastructure plan will help connect regions, develop new economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for Ontarians by supporting critical infrastructure projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities all across the province.

Strengthening tourism in the North is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • Polar bears are Ontario’s largest carnivore and are formidable hunters on land or in the water: they can smell a seal on the ice 32 kilometres away, and have been known to swim more than 100 kilometres without rest.
  • Since 2003, the NOHFC has invested more than $1 billion in 6,780 projects in Northern Ontario, creating or sustaining more than 25,500 jobs.
  • The NOHFC's investments in tourism infrastructure are part of the Ontario government's Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

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“By supporting Northern tourism through the NOHFC, our government is helping to expand tourist operations and create new economic opportunities for communities across the North, including Cochrane. Improvements at the Polar Bear Habitat and the construction of the new waterfront pavilion on Commando Lake will have lasting impacts for years to come.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

“We couldn't be more excited about the significant developments taking place in our community over the next year. To be receiving over $1.6 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund is a testament to how much the fund and the Minister of Northern Development and Mines believe in us as a community and as a northern region. These investments will not only help position Cochrane's important tourism industry for years to come, but will also assist in our community's social development as well. I want to thank Minister Gravelle for continuing to be a catalyst for Cochrane's progressive path to development and to the sustainability of our cherished way of life.”

Peter Politis

Mayor of the Town of Cochrane

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