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David and Kathleen drop $2.4M in the Sault

Monday, March 31, 2014   by: Staff



Additional Provincial Post-Secondary Funding for Will Help Boost Enrolment and Create Local Jobs

Today, David Orazietti, MPP and Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the province’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing Algoma University with an additional $2 million to improve and expand the George Leach Centre, which will allow the university to offer additional athletics programming for students and enable it to host larger sporting events that will help strengthen the local economy.

"Our government's decision to pass legislation making Algoma the 19th university in Ontario is resulting in ongoing economic investments in our community," said Orazietti.

"We continue to provide strong support for post-secondary education at Algoma University and Sault College with significant investments, such as today's announcement of a further $2 million to expand key infrastructure at AU, which will benefit local residents as well as attract more students to Sault Ste. Marie."

This provincial funding will allow Algoma University to expand its athletics centre by 10,000 square feet and provide greater space for sports and fitness training.

In addition, the expansion of the athletic facility will create five local jobs.

Since October 2003, the provincial government has approved over $897 million towards more than 5,900 projects, leveraging over $3.2 billion in investment. 

NOHFC has helped create or sustain over 22,915 jobs and work placements across the North.

In Sault Ste. Marie, the NOHFC has approved over $77 million in funding for 709 different projects that helped maintain or create 2,598 jobs

“The Algoma University community deeply appreciates the Province's support for these much-needed upgrades to our facilities,” said Richard Myers, Algoma University President. “The improvements we are planning will benefit not just our student athletes, but all those who use the GLC -- including a very large number of community members.” 

Since 2003, Algoma University has received an increase in operating funding of 150 percent. Additional provincial government investments to support Algoma University include:

  • Provincial legislation establishing Algoma University as an independent institution (Bill 80)
  • $10.3 million for new Biosciences & Technology Centre
  • $7.6 million for transition to independent university and to expand high quality degree programs
  • 3.1 million for facility improvements and modernization
  • $879,458 for research infrastructure
  • $800,000 for Invasive Species Research Chair
  • $518,808 for endowment foundation - Ontario Trust Program
  • $295,015 for Ontario Digital Games Business Incubator
  • $250,000 to develop Computer Gaming Technology Centre
  • $130,833 for services for students with disabilities

NOHFC Funding Helps Local Business and Strengthens Sault Ste. Marie’s Economy

Today, David Orazietti MPP and Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the province’s continued support of businesses in Sault Ste. Marie through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), with an investment of $427,250 to support the purchase of new hydroelectric equipment at Soo Foundry & Machine.

"This investment continues to reinforce our government's commitment to supporting jobs in Sault Ste. Marie and economic growth in Northern Ontario,” said Orazietti. “We recognize that strengthening small and medium-sized businesses, like Soo Foundry and Machine, plays a vital role in making our city's economy stronger."

Today’s investment which represents 50/50 grant/loan will allow Soo Foundry & Machine, a company that has extensive knowledge and experience in the hydroelectric sector, to purchase major pieces of equipment including a CNC horizontal boring mill to facilitate the expansion of their machine/fabrication shop in Sault Ste. Marie.

The province delivered the funding through the NOHFC Program which supports Northern businesses in order to protect and create local jobs.

This investment is helping protect 10 jobs that will contribute to strengthening the economy.

“At Soo Foundry & Machine we really appreciate the financial support we have received from the NOHFC,” said Robert Cohen, Soo Foundry & Machine President. 

“This assistance from the NOHFC provides Soo Foundry and many companies in Northern Ontario, the ability to purchase new machinery and technology they would not otherwise be able to afford, expand sales, maintain and hopefully increase existing employment, and become more efficient and competitive. It is a great program that really helps organizations in our community become more successful.”

Since 2003, the NOHFC has invested $77 million in 709 projects in Sault Ste. Marie, creating or sustaining more than 2,598 jobs

Find out about NOHFC and its programs.

(PHOTO: Algoma University President Dr. Richard Meyers takes Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on a tour of the George Leach Centre March 31, 2014. Armstrong)
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itsme29 3/31/2014 3:42:41 PM Report

nothing like using tax dollars to boost a private company (soo foundry) is laughing all the way to the bank, how can anyone compete with them when they keep getting gov handouts!
thumbs4208 3/31/2014 3:46:18 PM Report

wow and that helps the soo ppl who need work how ?
ThinkAgain 3/31/2014 3:51:04 PM Report

Shakes head in disgust - funding private business really helps us taxpayers.
learningaswego 3/31/2014 3:58:46 PM Report

It's good that Wynne could take time out of one of her busy days screwing Ontario taxpayers with outrageous hydro costs; billion dollar gas plant cancellations; and ballooning growth of our debt (to be transferred to our children, grandchildren, and other future generations) - to come to the Sault and make an announcement.

More Ontario taxpayer money well-spent.
Dictionary 3/31/2014 4:01:00 PM Report

Soo Foundry received government money? Big deal. So has SIS, Rectors, RF, etc.
They had to write grant/loan proposals and demonstrate at least "in theory" that that an investment by the government is not only sustainable, but profitable. There's smart business people behind writing these proposals and reviewing them.
Newsjunkie 3/31/2014 4:01:34 PM Report

Wynne is nervous. Recent Polls have shown that Liberal support is on a downslide in the Sault. Here she comes trying to 'buy' our votes back. Good Luck Ms.Wynne.
Corr 3/31/2014 4:11:38 PM Report

Yeesh, her smile can stretch from ear to ear and she'd still be ugly as duck, who would wanna vote for a woman that wants to cut disability, taking away money from people that already have it hard??? she doesn't have my vote that's for sure.
Paddlenut 3/31/2014 4:14:28 PM Report

I seem to recall a lot of criticism of the government from those who felt that they didn't pump enough money (additional to the millions and millions already "invested") into St. Mary's Paper at the time of its inevitable demise. Same during all of Essar's tumultuous history.

Corr 3/31/2014 4:33:07 PM Report

Sootoday, changing the story picture doesn't make her seem anymore attractive to potential voters. Please put back the original, lol.
Pakadeva 3/31/2014 4:39:09 PM Report

We expected she may show up at the rally for the health accord renewal, but, nope, & Hayes did not show, however, he says there will be a meeting within 2 weeks. As for Wynne, it's one thing to not like her platform or what she represents, but, it's downright LOW CLASS to degrade her for her looks, her genes manifested her looks & the same with all of us, whether we are handsome/pretty or not should have no bearing on how one runs their life!
OrlandoFlorida 3/31/2014 4:46:12 PM Report

Well the provincial deficit just went up 2.4 million dollars, looks like the Liberals are expecting a spring elections. If you can earn voters respect then you buy it. Poor Ontario, once the strongest province now nothing more than a has been.
Alphie 3/31/2014 4:48:26 PM Report

She should have put the 2.4 million on the Hydro debt so I would not have to pay for the Liberals imaginary gas plant forever!!!
Norm 3/31/2014 4:49:07 PM Report

Two mill is a long shot from the billion they wasted.
These people have to go.
OrlandoFlorida 3/31/2014 4:57:53 PM Report

One has to wonder why the premier decided to come to the Sault today, since today would have been the first time she would have had to face the oppositions questions regarding the deleting of disc drives potentially containing information on the 1.1 BILLION dollar gas plant cancellations. Who would have thought that the little old Soo would be a good hiding place.
Beej 3/31/2014 5:13:15 PM Report

More wasted taxpayer money for you to come here unnecessarily, and just to evade the hot seat.
Kathleen, do what's right, go back and tell the truth, you may only get a few years.
scottstewy123 3/31/2014 5:32:19 PM Report

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE lets have an election.
Mr. Poster 3/31/2014 5:53:48 PM Report

Does ALGOMA U really need the money for a gym? There are so many infrastructure problems that need attention...refurbishing a gym seems to me low on the totem pole. This is nothing more than vote buying for David O....and he will need all the votes he can muster. He must be breathing a sigh of relief that the NDP put up a very weak, second try candidate in this city. The NDP really blew it in this city. IMHO
itsme29 3/31/2014 6:00:30 PM Report

definatley how many gyms are there in this town, it was hardly 20yrs ago that the university got a brand new gym, im sure it hasn't rotted away already. if the students don't like it they can spend there money and go to another gym or just shovel snow its free...quit stealing the tx payers money for stupidity
guestwho 3/31/2014 6:07:33 PM Report

wonder why PUC wasn`t there for a handout and advice on fixing brown water issues that they fixed from that crappy clear water we use to enjoy!!
jojoe71 3/31/2014 6:20:43 PM Report

I'm surprised that soo today allows such derogatory comments directed to a persons looks. If it was against a female indian chief all hell would break loose.
Gurpy 3/31/2014 6:20:44 PM Report

Only 2.4 million?? I guess that would be pocket change for the liberals.
Gurpy 3/31/2014 6:35:56 PM Report

I didn`t realize she was after disability AGAIN. It was just a little over a year ago that she was wanting to cut the special diet. That diet is life sustaining for some! The cut would`ve included EVERYONE, even children! The most vulnerable are the Liberal`s favorite! RUTHLESS and desperately need the royal boot!!
pastoutla 3/31/2014 7:17:05 PM Report

It seems they forgot to list the 20 million plus given to the former owners of st.marys paper
AlwaysAWinner 3/31/2014 7:31:27 PM Report

with all these complaints, you people deserve nothing. 2.4 MILLION put into our city and nothing but complaints. private companies create jobs, but no one here thinks that far. severely undereducated and ungrateful

can't wait for the steel plant to shut down so i can watch this city crumble to the ground
patlen 3/31/2014 7:32:49 PM Report

I think we all smell an election on the way. Thank you very much you disgusting Liberals. You've taken money away from the health care that was promised to our aged, sick and needy in the community and are forcing healthcare professionals out of work. Patients are being wheeled out of the hospital from surgery,very sick and being refused homecare, but yet you have the money to fund this! Explain the rational and please be truthful this time!

last1standing 3/31/2014 7:40:47 PM Report

way to go Dave. When Mommy Kats gone set your sights on the NDP. You might get a vote, but not from me
Gurpy 3/31/2014 7:53:39 PM Report

Are you really falling for their pre election tactics? Throw a little candy here and make everyone forget the really bad stuff that happened since the last election? You`re not one of them are you? Wynne should not have been in the Sault today! People had some serious questions for her in another part of the province! This EXPENSIVE trip could`ve waited or been cancelled. Last I heard this province was in serious financial trouble.
Mr. Poster 3/31/2014 8:26:53 PM Report

Too bad the local NDP's did not provide a viable option to vote for.What will the CONS provide...another flown in candidate?
sportsfan17 3/31/2014 8:31:35 PM Report

Is it ironic that most of the readers on here don`t seem to read the entire article? It just seems like they read the headline or the first line and jump to the pre-established notions and conclusions.

Most people complain the government never invests in the North and that all the money stays in the South. Here is some good investment to help expand a growing employer in our city (Algoma U) and all we get is complaints. 5 new permanent jobs + the temporary construction jobs + the long-term benefit to our community of having access to a larger community gym & centre. I'll take that investment any day.

The Soo Foundry 50/50 grant/loan. Has anyone ever bought a 50/50 ticket at a Greyhound game? For those lacking the math skills, that means half and half. Half the money given to them was a loan. A loan means it has to be paid back, with interest. So really, they received about $200,000. When the interest get's tacked on it, a decent portion of that $200,000 investment grant will likely be paid back. Keep another 10 jobs in the Sault for a small investment? Yep, I'll take that as well!
ohsosonic 3/31/2014 8:33:51 PM Report


it really does not matter what dave runs for. His Liberals sunk him.
ohsosonic 3/31/2014 8:56:59 PM Report


would like to buy you a SMALL coffee someday and educate you on the the real issues. but i could not waste a day Educate --get real man
petertodd 3/31/2014 9:38:57 PM Report

$2 million for an expansion in a sports facility??? I guess that's where some of the money is going when she proposes to scrap the whole ODSP program for everyone in Ontario. Take from the sick to give to projects such as this. An election can't come soon enough. Please Tories and NDP vote against the budget, so we can go to the polls so we can get rid of such a fascist government.
Corr 3/31/2014 10:21:28 PM Report

always a loser said:

with all these complaints, you people deserve nothing. 2.4 MILLION put into our city and nothing but complaints. private companies create jobs, but no one here thinks that far. severely undereducated and ungrateful

can't wait for the steel plant to shut down so i can watch this city crumble to the ground

sorry always a loser, but 2 million dollars for a gym expansion but only 5 local jobs will be created? get outta town!!! How about putting 2 million dollars into ODSP for the people that need it the most? This woman is a NAZI who wants the physically fit to get healthier and the weak to die off, IMHO.
Gurpy 3/31/2014 10:26:58 PM Report

I agree with you 100%. What does she propose the disabled do for income? Or, is this an attempt on the part of the provincial government to kill off all the ones who do not generate tax dollars? I could tell you EXACTLY what is taking place but some of the posters on sootoday know it all so I will refrain.
BP7245 3/31/2014 11:03:04 PM Report

anyone who has ever set foot in the GLC knows that we need the expansion and the updating
petertodd 4/1/2014 12:41:18 AM Report

BP7245 At whose expense??? The taxpayers, the sick & disabled that REALLY need the money. Poor George Leach Centre, you've got to be kidding!!!
steelworker 4/1/2014 2:11:48 AM Report

Bye biatch.
rockbanger 4/1/2014 6:00:36 AM Report

Again the FASCISTS drop money on the floor. That is all they know how to do... It is not their money.

That is what they do best. The only thing they can do.

If you area a local company who has benefited from such a corrosive mentality... SHAME. Unless you have expanded and hired another 100 people on a full time steady basis.

FASCISM will lead us to be just like our neighbours to the south. Broke and bewildered.

Dalton, Dave, Wynne... hope you have enjoyed your time at the trough...

Ontario has awoken and had enough of your far left Liberal waste of taxpayer dollars.
Gurpy 4/1/2014 8:13:14 AM Report

HEAR! HEAR! You summed it up in a nutshell!
AlwaysAWinner 4/1/2014 8:28:17 AM Report

"sorry always a loser, but 2 million dollars for a gym expansion but only 5 local jobs will be created? get outta town!!! How about putting 2 million dollars into ODSP for the people that need it the most? This woman is a NAZI who wants the physically fit to get healthier and the weak to die off, IMHO."


yeah let's give people who don't contribute MORE MONEY. that's a swell idea. let's pump more taxpayer money into people who can't work because they're sick or old.

if kids have to grow up with massive student debt to struggle to find a job after college to only make 15/hr and is paying equivalent to a mortgage in student loans, then some sick and old people can find a way to work to make money instead of getting it for free

sorry, if you're sick and old that's your issue, not mine. I know plenty of people on disability who abuses it and will continue to. I can only imagine how many more there are out there. if I'm healthy I get nothing? CRY ME A RIVER. everyone here is biased anyways considering this town is filled with seniors, disabled people, and welfare recipients
Gurpy 4/1/2014 8:41:54 AM Report

I feel sorry for you! I truly do! To EXIST must be PAINFUL! I mean, you obviously don`t have a heart and are clearly a lover of the almighty dollar! No compassion for the sick or the elderly! You really should get a job with the provincial government, that`s if you aren`t already one of their faithful followers.
Frio 4/1/2014 9:00:34 AM Report

Wynne could have taken the $2.4 million and given it to any other city in Ontario and Soo would have got absolutely nothing in jobs or improvements, only a share of the payments.. Seems that's what the same old chronic complainers in this city would prefer.
Gurpy 4/1/2014 9:05:04 AM Report

Are you implying Wynne did this out of the goodness of her heart? LOLOLOLOLO
sportsfan17 4/1/2014 9:53:01 AM Report

No Gurpy. Frio is saying that it doesn't matter what Wynne would have done with the money, all you useless armchair politicians would've done is complained regardless.

Get out and make a difference in the world you bums. Complaining on SooToday doesn't do any good.
Zee1948 4/1/2014 10:51:44 AM Report

I find it interesting that Premier Wynne and David O take the opportunity to do a photo op at Soo Curlers with Team Jacobs and Mac Marcoux to take advantage of the Gold Medal success of the fine athletes. Interesting too, that the Men's, Women's, and Para Curling Teams all came home with Olympic Gold.
So we have 4 young brilliant curlers, and a para-athlete Gold medal winner in Soo Curlers for a photo op. Soo Curlers, 45 year old building and totally inaccessible for the disabled. Soo Curlers, that would love to be able to operate a Wheelchair Curling League if the facility would allow it. Soo Curlers that applied for renovation grants to become accessible so that the great sport of Curling could be expanded to include our disabled citizens that want to participate. No success.
Interesting that the very next day a 2+ million dollar grant is given to The George Leach Centre.
I guess this way you get 2 days of recognition.
Soo Curlers is a member owned club trying very hard to provide a top rate facility so that we can produce the likes of Team Jacobs. Financially, it is difficult to operate such a venue..the hydro rates to keep the compressors running and the lights on are staggering.

Perhaps, it is time for the government to see that venues such as curling clubs across the country are
facing extreme challenges to survive and that there may be more to athletics than hockey arenas.

I am sure that Wynne could have scored bigger with an announcement to invest a few $$ into Handicapped accessibility on the wave of Teams Canada Curling successes.
Gurpy 4/1/2014 11:12:05 AM Report

Wynne came to the Sault in a spur of the moment decision to escape the heat of questions regarding the deleted emails! She tossed a large amount of money from a very broke province while entertaining the thought of eliminating ODSP! The arrangements for her "visit" were made on Saturday. This was previously confirmed through the media who have since re-worded the articles?
Sportfan17 do you work for them also?
Gurpy 4/1/2014 11:39:47 AM Report

Sootoday used the same photo for a newer version of a very old, same old same old story! Oh brother!
whatstheproblemhere 4/1/2014 12:32:03 PM Report

I think that dough would have been better spent fixing roads... like the mine-field that is North Street between St. Georges and Byrne. I'm pretty sure I lost my hubcap somewhere along that stretch.
Frio 4/1/2014 1:32:34 PM Report

Gurpy don't you have anything useful to do??? Try something different and get out from under that big black cloud of negativity and try to appreciate that anybody who is in a position to change anything you constantly bitch about isn't worrying about your opinion. Did you notice the Premier didn't ask you if she could come to the Soo and offer up $2.4 million in our community? She could have saved the trip and gave it away in Toronto and would you have been any happier?
learningaswego 4/1/2014 2:11:40 PM Report

although I think this is great for the university, I'd really like to know what the "5 new jobs" will be, as a result of adding a couple of locker rooms, and moving around some exercise equipment.
Gurpy 4/1/2014 5:14:40 PM Report

You sound so "aggressive" borderline "disturbed". I personally do not fall for these "gifts" or "good deeds" from a party on the brink of going BELLY UP! Now I know you work for them! Same attitude!
Gurpy 4/1/2014 5:17:56 PM Report

I just figured out what is truly irking you.I speak the truth! Wynne had no business here in the Sault on Monday and was avoiding the "heat" of what was waiting for her in regards to the deleted emails. Like I said, they are a party in the process of going belly up! Election time!!
Frio 4/1/2014 7:47:56 PM Report

Gurpy "Now I know you work for them! Same attitude" I consider from your posts you know next to nothing except negativity.. Wynne is going to drop $2.4 million of taxpayer money and she chose the Soo, for a university that is expanding and creating long term spin off jobs and bringing more student money into the economy as well as providing expanding university education at lower costs for local students.. She could have just as easily dropped the millions in Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Timmins, North Bay or any Southern Ontario city and it would be used for a gain to their city and the taxpayers here would have received absolutely nothing from the money. You want her to take care of you with more ODSP money while you constantly complain about anything and everything.
WTF2 4/2/2014 10:13:42 AM Report

Is that the same 2.4 million that they took away from the ACR? Or was that the other thieves?
Frio 4/2/2014 11:24:14 AM Report

The ACR subsidy money was from the federal government.
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