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Ontario Helps Hearst Go Green

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Ontario Helps Hearst Go Green

McGuinty Government Supports New Tourism Centre

A new tourism centre devoted to green technologies is being developed in Hearst with the support of the Ontario government.

The province is providing $2.3 million to the Town of Hearst to construct the Hearst Regional Green Technology Centre: $1.5 million from Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) and $800,536 from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs' Rural Economic Development Program. When complete, the centre is expected to create 31 full-time jobs.

This multiple-use facility will act as the focal point for research, demonstration and education programming on sustainable forestry practices and technologies. Through linkages with universities and colleges, the Centre will be used by the next generation of experts in the field of sustainability and green technologies. The Centre will be a completely self-sufficient green building, producing its own heat, water and power supply.

Quick Facts

  • Every winter, approximately 2,000 snowmobilers load their sleds in baggage cars and travel to Hearst on the Algoma Central Railway.

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“The Hearst Regional Green Technologies Centre is just another example of how the McGuinty government is investing in the future of rural Ontario. The green technologies and practices developed and taught here will benefit not only the local economy but also assist in addressing climate change.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“Our government is supporting Hearst's vision for a future featuring self-sufficiency and sustainability and this centre has the potential to play an integral role in helping this community achieve that future.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister for Northern Development and Mines and the chair of the NOHFC

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