Downtown Docks To Get Facelift
McGuinty Government Supports Waterfront Revitalization
Ontario is helping the Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands and the Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands Community Development Corporation construct two new events facilities and additional finger piers, and accommodate Great Lakes cruising ships.
The province is investing $135,000 in new washrooms for tourists and seasonal boaters, accommodations for a Farmers' Market and retail areas, as well as the construction of a weir - a solution for the low water level problem in the area. This project will help increase tourism traffic and revenues on the islands.
The funding is part of the Rural Economic Development Program which invests in community-based projects in three priority areas:
- Improved access to health care services
- Revitalized communities and downtowns
- Enhanced skills training.
- Since 2003, Ontario has invested $60.1 million in 183 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program.
- The Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands is located on the north shore of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.
“Visiting cruise ships are an important economic driver for this community. Finalization of this project will allow for better access for large vessels and alleviate congestion in the area.”
“Transient boaters contribute to approximately $1.2 million per year to our local economy. Through this project, we will be able to create a fully functional and appealing waterfront for boat and vehicle travellers.”