McGuinty Government Helping With Energy Costs In The North
Dr. Christine Kaszycki To Lead Development Of "Ring Of Fire"
Northern Ontarians will be getting some help with the cost of home heating. The new, permanent Northern Ontario Energy Credit will provide a yearly credit of up to $130 for a single person and up to $200 for a family.
Because of the North's unique climate and geography, Northerners often face higher energy costs than other Ontarians. To help with those costs, Northern Ontario residents who file a tax return, pay rent or property tax and meet income criteria are eligible for the credit.
While in Thunder Bay, Premier Dalton McGuinty also announced that Dr. Christine Kaszycki will be the Coordinator of the Ring of Fire -- an area in the North with significant chromite deposits.
Ontario has the potential to become the only North American supplier of chromite, which is used to produce stainless steel and other products. Mineral development in the Ring of Fire could mean thousands of jobs in construction and in mine operations, including significant economic opportunities for First Nation communities.
Development of the Ring of Fire and the Northern Ontario Energy Credit are key components of the 2010 Budget and are part of the province's five-year Open Ontario Plan to enhance job creation and boost economic growth across the province.
- The Ring of Fire is located 535 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay.
- Residents of the districts of Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora, Manitoulin, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Rainy River, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and Timiskaming may apply for the Northern Ontario Energy Credit.
- The 2010 credit will be paid in two instalments -- in November 2010 and in February 2011. The final deadline to apply for the 2010 credit is June 30, 2011.
“Northerners are working hard to build strong communities and contribute to a prosperous Ontario. We're working with Northerners, Aboriginal communities and mining partners to fully realize the Ring of Fire's potential.”
“Applying for the Northern Ontario Energy Credit is easy and it's one way our government is helping to make things just a little bit easier for Northern families. Just print the form, fill it out and mail it in.”
“Today's announcements are all about creating a stronger Northern Ontario. The Northern Ontario energy tax credit will provide some help to Northern families for the cost of energy and the Ring of Fire has the potential to bring thousands of jobs as well economic opportunities to the region.”
MPP Bill Mauro