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Premier Helps Build on Strengths of the North

August 28, 2013

Government Supporting Job Creation in Every Ontario Community

Premier Kathleen Wynne begins a northern tour this week as part of her work to strengthen regional economies.

While in Sudbury, the Premier will tour Crossworks Manufacturing’s diamond-cutting and polishing factory, the largest of its kind in North America. Crossworks is training local workers and helping to increase the number of highly skilled diamond cutters and polishers in Canada. She will then head to Lively to visit Industrial Fabrication Inc., a company that makes underground mining vehicles and recently received provincial support to expand through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.

Premier Wynne will also visit Kenora for the first time since being sworn-in, and she will be the first Premier in recent history to visit Fort Severn, Ontario’s most northern community. She will meet with Aboriginal leaders and deliver new books to children as they head back to school.

Premier Wynne will then head to Thunder Bay to hold a jobs and growth roundtable with business leaders in the community. While there, Premier Wynne will greet children on their first day back to school, and she will attend the opening ceremony for Lakehead University’s new Faculty of Law. The Premier will return to Sudbury, where she will attend the opening ceremony for Laurentian University’s School of Architecture.

Both universities offer programs that focus on northern issues: For example, Laurentian’s architecture students will study principles of design built to sustain northern climates.  Lakehead’s law program will also help overcome the shortage of lawyers equipped to deal with issues pertaining to northern and rural communities, as well as Aboriginal, natural resource and small- or single-practitioner law.

This latest visit to the North follows Premier Wynne’s recent tour of eastern Ontario, during which she visited with several recipients of the Eastern Ontario Development Fund who are expanding their businesses and creating more local jobs.


  • As part of the government’s efforts to engage with communities across the province, the Premier has held more than a dozen jobs roundtables with partners in the private sector, labour, and education and training.
  • The government launched the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario in 2011.
  • The Ontario government invested $1.5 million in Lakehead’s new Faculty of Law building, and $21 million in Laurentian’s new School of Architecture.
  • Ontario has gained more than 440,000 jobs since June 2009, recovering all of the jobs lost during the recession. There are about 178,000 more jobs today than at the highest point before the recession.



“Every individual in Ontario has their own strength, and so does each community. My government is going to build on these strengths to create jobs and grow regional economies in every part of the province.”
— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
“I am very pleased that Premier Wynne is re-visiting beautiful Northern Ontario. Her visit certainly highlights some of the great work that our government is doing to further establish the North as a destination for specialized post-secondary education, and a powerhouse that will continue to drive our economy forward with important industries such as mining and forestry.”
— Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines



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