The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) wishes to express its concern regarding the sale of Ontera, the telecommunications division of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC).

FONOM, along with other stakeholders are fearful of the negative effects on employment, revenues and service levels within northeastern Ontario as a result of the sale. FONOM believes that Ontera should be retained as part of the whole ONTC unit.

“While ensuring the ONTC is efficient and profitable in the long-term is a goal that we all share,” says Al Spacek, FONOM President, “we also need to ensure that northern jobs are not cut and service levels are not compromised.”

The continuation of the ONTC providing core infrastructure, including freight rail and refurbishment, bus services and the Polar Bear Express is critical to many municipalities in the north. Along with the divisions that will remain in public hands, FONOM hopes that the government will also continue to operate Ontera.

For More Information:

Mayor Al Spacek
President of FONOM

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