Ontario Protecting Jobs and the Economy in the North

Ontario Protecting Jobs and the Economy in the North

NDP response to Huron Central announcement

NEWS RELEASE ONTARIO NDP PARTY ************************* ELLIOT LAKE – NDP MPP Michael Mantha said Thursday that investment in the Huron Central short line railway is welcome — but that a long-term solution is needed to protect thousands of jobs, largely in the steel industry.

“Every dollar for Huron Central is welcome,” said Mantha, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin and the NDP’s critic for Northern Development and Mines. “But the thousands of women and men in Ontario’s northern steel and forestry industries need to know they’re going to have jobs not just for a couple months, but for the long haul. We need a long-term, stable solution that makes sure the Huron Central short line runs for as long as Ontario is producing great steel.”

Huron Central Railway runs between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, moving products including steel and timber from Algoma, Eacom Timber and Domtar.

The previous and current governments have pledged six-figure amounts, but both the Liberals and now the Conservatives have failed to come to the table with a long-term solution for the critical rail operation. The NDP vowed a $20 million investment to keep the railway moving, and protect more than 3,400 jobs.

He says the money, from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, will go to the Huron Central Railway for continued operations of its line.

Ontarios Government for the People is protecting jobs and the economy of Northern Ontario by working with Huron Central Railway to keep the rail line running between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury.

The company moves products from a number of companies on the line, including materials from Algoma Steel, Domtar Paper, Eacom Timber and Vale.

Today, Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie and Parliamentary Assistant to Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, announced the government is supporting a request by Huron Central Railway to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for $980,000 in additional funds to support the continued operations of the rail line.

"Working together with Huron Central to keep trains moving supports jobs and businesses here in the Sault and across the north."

“Huron Central Railway serves key northern industries, including steel and forestry. Working together with Huron Central to keep trains moving supports jobs and businesses here in the Sault and across the north,” said Parliamentary Assistant Romano.

The Ontario government says it is spending $980,000 to keep a freight rail line running between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury.

Huron Central Railway operates 288 kilometres of rail between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie. The railway moves freight shipments for companies vital to Ontarios Northern economy, including Algoma, Eacom Timber and Domtar. Over 3,400 direct and indirect jobs depend on the continued operations of this railway.

Similar threats were made in 2009 by the company before it got $30 million in provincial and federal funding.

“We look forward to continuing rail service in the region,” said Minister Rickford. “Today were sending a clear message that Ontario is open for business.”

"Huron Central Railway serves key northern industries, including steel and forestry," he said.

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