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Ontario Invests in Waterway Infrastructure in the North

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Ontario Invests in Waterway Infrastructure in the North

Funding Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Province’s History

Ontario is revitalizing waterfronts across Northeastern Ontario, supporting increased tourism and economic growth for the North.

Through the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), $926,000 is being invested towards waterways in five municipalities, including:

  • $535,000 to the Township of Chapleau, to complete a topographic survey and a detailed design plan allowing development of several waterfront projects, including an enhanced beach and additional docks
  • $181,006 to the Manitoulin Streams Improvement Association, to preserve the watershed and rehabilitate streams on the Kagawong and Mindemoya Rivers and the Grimesthrope Creek
  • $77,632 to the Municipality of Central Manitoulin for the waterfront revitalization initiative in Providence Bay, which focuses on revitalizing the Harbour Centre, public beach and mouth of the Mindemoya River
  • $76,725 to the Town of Spanish to dredge sections of the Spanish River, allowing more boats to safely navigate and access local marinas
  • $56,500 to the Dawson Citizens' Improvement Association for the Meldrum Bay Waterfront Development Plan, which will create 20 new docking slips to meet boater needs

This funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- more than $130 billion over 10 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 quality of life for Ontarians by supporting critical infrastructure projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities all across the province.

Investing in waterway infrastructure 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

  • 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.
  • A Conference Board of Canada report estimated that Ontario's public infrastructure investment would add more than $1,000 to the average annual income of Ontarians in 2014 and lower the unemployment rate by about one percentage point.
  • The NOHFC’s investments in community infrastructure are part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario [pdf].

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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 Northern communities. Improvements to these waterways will have a lasting impact for years to come.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

“Chapleau is built on a spirit of collaboration. Our partnership with the Province of Ontario is key to making our community a prime destination for both work and play, which has driven our waterfront development projects. We are confident that thanks to the NOHFC, we will be able to provide high quality recreation and tourist experiences to residents and tourists alike.”

Giselle Noel

Deputy Mayor of Chapleau

“I am very pleased that the NOHFC could help us improve our waterfront and Harbour Centre. These projects are helping ensure that residents, tourists and businesses continue to make Central Manitoulin their community of choice.”

Richard Stephens

Mayor of Central Manitoulin

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