Jobs, growth and natural resources highlights of AMO Day 1

North Bay, ON – August 15, 2016 – Northern development and natural resources were top of mind for local municipal leaders during the first day of the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference.

On Monday, City of North Bay representatives Mayor Al McDonald and Councillors Jeff Serran, Mac Bain and Mark King, sat down with Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, and Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, to discuss important issues that affect the community.

The City’s delegation started off the day speaking with Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry officials about two potential land transfer opportunities:  the transfer of the waterfront marina property from the federal government to the City of North Bay, and the transfer of lands at the Trout Lake office complex over to the City for additional park land.

“The addition of this property would enhance the ability of the park to meet the local community needs as well as allow for improved recreational programming for several of our community partners,” said North Bay Mayor Al McDonald.  “This would assist us in making a truly wonderful community recreational hub while protecting the natural heritage of this valuable city asset."

The City’s delegation also had the opportunity to speak with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines about northern transportation and to help find solutions to current transportation challenges to highway, rail and infrastructure.  City representation also asked for consideration, specifically around funding criteria for aviation within the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).  It was also an opportunity for the City to stress the importance of the film industry on the economic development of the City. 

"This was a productive meeting with the Minister on a number of key fronts to create jobs and encourage growth in our city,” said Mayor McDonald.  “We appreciate the opportunity to sit and meet with the Minister and we were encouraged to hear his support for these ideas moving forward.”

Tomorrow the Mayor will join his Northern Ontario Large Urban Mayors (NOLUM) colleagues for a special meeting with the ministers of Municipal Affairs, Finance, Transportation, Energy, and Northern Development and Mines.

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