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Ontario is holding a series of roundtable technical discussions across the North to explore key areas of potential future growth.
Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, and George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, kicked off the first sessions today in Thunder Bay, which focused on health issues in Northern Ontario.
These roundtables are the next step toward the development of a Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. In all, 10 technical sessions will bring industry, academic, Aboriginal and government leaders together to discuss growth issues in greater depth.
The outcomes of each discussion will contribute to the development of a draft Growth Plan, which is expected to be released next spring for public review. A final Growth Plan for Northern Ontario is anticipated later in 2009.
- Health care is a key economic factor in the North. The region's 38 hospitals, 329 long-term care facilities and agencies, and two regional cancer centres contribute hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to local communities.
“We are making solid progress toward the development of a Growth Plan that will create a more innovative and competitive economy across Northern Ontario.”
“The Growth Plan will bring a coordinated focus and align the right resources to build on the North's tremendous strengths and talents for a sustainable economy, a clean environment and a vibrant quality of life for northern families.”