Harper Government invests in Greater Sudbury region to create jobs and stimulate economic growth

SUDBURY, Ontario, January 9, 2013 — The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister for FedNor, today announced an investment by the Harper Government totaling nearly $2.2 million in support of tourism, business development and growth, and research and innovation in the Greater Sudbury region (see attached information sheet).

“Today’s announcement builds on the positive economic momentum the Harper Government continues to generate for the people, communities and businesses of this region,” said Minister Clement. “By investing in local economic priorities such as the Northern Water Sports Centre, our Government is helping to build strong, self-sustaining communities throughout Northern Ontario and across Canada.”

Three initiatives will share FedNor funding of close to $2.2 million, including $1 million for a Northern Water Sports Centre to be located on the shores of Ramsey Lake, $795,000 for small business development at the Nickel Basin Federal Development Corporation, and $400,000 to support Penguin Automated Systems Inc. in the development of two prototype robots designed to inspect and map wastewater pipes.

“Sports tourism is one of the fastest growing segments of our economy and the funding announced today will help position Greater Sudbury as a premier destination for regional, provincial, national and international sporting events,” said Thomas Merritt, Board Chair of the Northern Water Sports Centre. “Establishing the Northern Water Sports Centre in Greater Sudbury will build on the strong event history of the Dragon Boat Festival and our paddling and rowing clubs to help attract thousands of athletes, coaches and visitors to the area.”

The funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, which support projects that strengthen community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation throughout the region.

FedNor – 25 years of successful investments in Northern Ontario. To find out more about our programs and services, please visit: fednor.gc.ca or follow us on Twitter @FedNor

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For more information, please contact:

Andrea Mandel-Campbell
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Tony Clement

Barclay Babcock
Communications Officer
705-671-0715 or 1-877-333-6673 Ext 303

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