Date published: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) attended the Northern Leaders’ Dialogue in Sault Ste. Marie along with other municipal and Aboriginal leaders to discuss issues affecting the north as well as the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.
The meeting of northern leaders was organized by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines whose attendance included Minister Michael Gravelle and Deputy Minister David de Launay. Also in attendance was the Minister of Government and Consumer Services, David Orazietti who is the MPP for Sault Ste. Marie.
The northern leaders were provided updates on a number of strategies developed from the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. These strategies included the multi-modal transportation strategy which encompasses the entire transportation system including air, rail, road and marine and economic sector strategies, specifically mining and agriculture.
“FONOM shares the sentiment that the meetings were positive and collaborative in nature. We understand that working together will benefit us all as we move forward,” says Mayor Alan Spacek of Kapuskasing and President of FONOM. “It is evident northern Ontario is an important component of Ontario’s economy to the Premier and her Cabinet. We will continue to communicate with the province as well as grow our relationship with our First Nations neighbours,” continued Spacek.
FONOM looks forward to seeing the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario continue to guide the development of strategies and initiatives that will benefit all of northern Ontario.
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Mayor Al Spacek,
President of FONOM