Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle says a $50,000 grant will help tourism in Kenora. Last year, the minister noted Queen's Park contributed $2 million towards Second Street construction.

Since 2003, Gravelle says the Liberal government has contributed $1 billion dollars towards the northern economy, through the Northern Ontario Heritage Corporation. In turn, the minister says the investment has leveraged a total of $3.6 billion for the northern economy, which has helped create 25,000 jobs in 12 years.

"There is no question. Our government wants to ensure that northern communities remain on a positive track towards prosperity," said Gravelle in a prepared statement.

"Through programs like the Northern Community Capacity Building Program, our government is harnessing the many possibilities to grow our northern economy. We believe that municipalities need capacity to plan strategically for future development and capitalize on existing opportunities like new mining operations in Markstay-Warren and Black River-Matheson or emerging sectors, like tourism in Kenora," he said.

"In particular, this funding for Kenora will help build on prior NOHFC support to the community, such as the $2 million investment we announced last spring to complete Phase 3 of the downtown revitalization project and create 78 jobs. I am proud that, as Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, I am able to lead support that enables communities to drive development which benefits Northerners," Gravelle added.

Last week, the ministry announced $1 million towards distance education in Kenora and Sioux Lookout.

Since October 2003 the NOHFC has approved over $1 billion towards 6,620 projects, leveraging more than $3.6 billion in investment. Those investments support creating or sustaining more than 25,000 jobs across the North.

Earlier this week, the minister responsible for FedNor, Greg Rickford, also talked about investments in the district.

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