Premier Kathleen Wynne will be touring Northern Ontario to visit schools, hospitals, businesses, Indigenous communities and other groups from August 6 to 12 to listen to local ideas and highlight how the government is supporting economic growth and job creation in the North.
During the week, the Premier will announce a series of investments relating to infrastructure, health care and other measures to enhance public services and help accelerate economic growth in existing and emerging sectors. She will also meet with people from organizations across the North to discuss how the government can help ensure that people in every corner of Ontario prosper and have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
The Premier will visit more than a dozen communities, including Sudbury, Espanola, Little Current, Elliot Lake, Blind River, Sault Ste. Marie, Batchawana Bay, Wawa, Fort Frances, Emo, Dryden, Kenora, Sioux Lookout, Moosonee, Moose Factory, North Bay, New Liskeard and Kirkland Lake.
Investing to support Northern Ontario is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- The Growth Plan for Northern Ontario is helping to build a resilient and sustainable regional economy — with a focus on 11 existing and emerging priority sectors; expanding education, training and career opportunities for northerners; and attracting people and investments.
- Since 2003, the province has invested more than $1.1 billion through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation in over 7,400 projects, leveraging more than $3.9 billion in direct economic activity and helping to create or sustain more than 28,100 jobs in Northern Ontario.
“I’m looking forward to visiting Northern Ontario to talk about our government’s investments to support a vibrant and competitive economy across Northern Ontario and to enhance the public services that people count on. We are building on the North’s many strengths as part of our efforts to ensure that everyone in Ontario can enjoy a high quality of life.” – Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.
“Our government has continued to make the North a priority with unprecedented investments in Northern communities, services and infrastructure. As a proud resident of Thunder Bay and the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, I’m delighted to see the Premier touring the North yet again. No government before has demonstrated such resolute support for Northerners.” – Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines.