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Ontario Invests in Northwest Tourism Infrastructure

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Ontario Invests in Northwest Tourism Infrastructure

Funding Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Province’s History

Ontario is increasing tourism and supporting economic growth and sustainable energy in the Northwest by investing in local businesses. 

With an investment of $356,000 through the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), four companies will upgrade and expand their facilities and introduce clean energy options:

  • The Sandy Lake Motel in Sandy Lake will receive $210,000 to build a ten-room expansion to increase guest capacity.
  • Vista Lake Outfitters in Kenora will receive $19,337 to install a solar energy system to reduce heating costs and increase energy savings. They will also receive $81,166 to renovate a cabin to accommodate more campers.
  • Manitou Weather Station Ltd will receive $33,997 to add additional solar panels to increase energy capacity for the retreat.
  • Rockwood Lodge is receiving $11,562 to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system to supplement power needs.

This funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- more than $130 billion over 10 years, which is making 110,000 jobs possible every year across Ontario, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals.

Ontario is building safe, reliable infrastructure to help create jobs and ensure a bright future for the province. Between April and September, the province announced support for more than 200 projects that will keep people and goods moving, strengthen the economy, connect communities and improve quality of life. These five projects build on that progress.

These much-needed investments are supported by a number of initiatives, including broadening the ownership of Hydro One - an approach that raises billions for infrastructure while ensuring consumers are protected. By unlocking the value of provincial assets, the government is supporting critical projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities all across Ontario.

Investing in local 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 6,871 projects in Northern Ontario, creating or sustaining more than 25,819 jobs.
  • Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors.
  • The NOHFC’s investments in tourism infrastructure are part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

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“These investments in tourism infrastructure are not only promoting Northern travel, they are providing businesses with the support needed to adopt sustainable and environmentally friendly energy options.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

“Developing our service offering will help us attract new guests to our motel, and promote Sandy Lake as a tourist destination. We thank the province for investing in a project that will create new opportunities for our business and our community.”

Joseph and Linda Fiddler

Owners, Sandy Lake Motel

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