BLIND RIVER – Michael Mantha, MPP for Algoma—Manitoulin, welcomes the announcement from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and commends the Town of Blind River on a superb “Keep Our Service Ontario Open” campaign.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the residents of Blind River for their hard work and dedication. It is through your consistent work and participation that made the difference and pressured the Ontario government to keep this Service Ontario office open. The rallies, petitions, letters and e-mails truly made the difference.”
It was over 8 months ago that the residents of Blind River along with the office of MPP Michael Mantha began this battle to keep service Ontario Open. Back in June, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services announced that nine Service Ontario offices across the province were under consideration for possible closure, including the Blind River office which is part of MPP Mantha’s riding in Algoma-Manitoulin.
“The Blind River Service Ontario office is a necessary resource for the community and surrounding area. Closing this location would have been devastating for the people of this region,” says Mantha. “I am happy to hear the Ministry has made the right decision and realized how important these services are to small Northern communities.”
Mantha maintains a closure of such offices in Northern Ontario has a much greater impact than closure in southern communities where people have access to other offices and can often use public transit and more cost effective transportation infrastructure available.