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David O. drops more than a million bucks on Queen Street

Tuesday, April 22, 2014   by: Staff



Provincial Investment in Innovation Centre for Agricultural Study and Business Accelerator Hub

Today David Orazietti MPP announced a provincial investment of $1,159,660 for the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) for the development of two local projects.

“The Innovation Centre is helping Sault Ste. Marie develop exciting new projects that will help to drive economic growth and help local businesses improve their operations with innovative technologies,” said Orazietti. “This funding is focusing on two sectors of the Sault economy by stimulating local agricultural opportunities and creating the right conditions for entrepreneurs to create new small businesses and local jobs.”

With support from the province’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) received funding for the following local projects:

  • $989,000 for the SSMIC’s Algoma Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), to undertake a Regional Tile Drainage Project for 2014-15
  • $170,660 for the SSMIC to develop a Business Accelerator Hub located in downtown Sault Ste. Marie

The Regional Tile Drainage Project is a collaboration between SSMIC and RAIN working within the Algoma District to build a consortium of agricultural producers interested in undertaking drainage projects. 

Tile drainage represents a long-term investment, which maximizes and utilizes existing land, creating opportunities for farmers to produce high value crops such as canola or soy and create additional opportunities in the agricultural sector.

The SSMIC Business Accelerator Hub will provide an opportunity for new businesses, science and technology businesses and current incubator clients to expand their business to downtown Sault Ste. Marie. 

SSMIC staff and mentors will support the business accelerator clients which will enable companies to grow and create new jobs in the community.

“Establishing the infrastructure and support programs to help our entrepreneurs and businesses grow is critical to the future prosperity of the Sault Ste. Marie region,” said Tom Vair, executive director, SSMIC. “We are extremely grateful to the Province of Ontario for supporting this dynamic new accelerator hub in our downtown and the development of important infrastructure to advance our agricultural sector.”

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) – Strategic Economic Infrastructure Program supports infrastructure projects that best align with the vision of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario to help create jobs and build capacity in our northern communities. 

Since 2003, the NOHFC has invested $87 million in 728 projects in Sault Ste. Marie, creating or sustaining more than 2,687 jobs.

To learn more, find out about NOHFC and its programs and SSMIC.


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AlwaysAWinner 4/22/2014 12:05:17 PM Report

we need CAREERS here, we need businesses here

focus on growing industries, focus on creating actual careers and not jobs that people will squat for 30 years here to ride out a pension

there is NOTHING for IT. anyone who wants to get into IT leaves the city for schooling, and if they don't they leave the city to get a job. there's barely anything for IT here

computers and networks are becoming more and more of a necessity, its a growing industry that has zero presence in this city.
Gurpy 4/22/2014 12:06:38 PM Report

Where is all this money coming from?? I thought we were broke. Do something about the outrageous hydro rates that the Liberal party is responsible for!!
44.caliberloveletter 4/22/2014 12:10:31 PM Report

Drop 1.1 million into our decaying roadways you @33holes!!
VEROTIK 4/22/2014 12:20:23 PM Report

running one incubator isn't enough, now they can leach another year downtown!

They should 'graduate' by paying for their own expenses.
Entity 4/22/2014 12:31:53 PM Report

Well, that was a waste of a million dollars... but as long as his friends are happy, right?
Unkle Kracker 4/22/2014 12:52:10 PM Report

44.caliberloveletter............ com·pre·hen·sion = the action or capability of understanding something.
sooperman 4/22/2014 12:53:46 PM Report

its a sad day for the ppl of ssm..more money wasted..David i hope you saved the bag that you dropped the money off in as you'll be wearing it on your head when ousted!!
ranny 4/22/2014 1:12:59 PM Report

@AlwaysAWinner the job is flooded with IT in the Sault. You'll need big corporation for IT position. There are IT jobs out there, but not in the Sault. I've seen quote a few job posting around Ontario.

@44.caliberloveletter Don't like the road, complain to the Ministry of Transportation or City Council. It's their job to fix the road.
Sam C 4/22/2014 1:29:40 PM Report

Yeah, and I'll bet the same people would be complaining if he were in Sudbury or North Bay handing out a $1.1 Million cheque.
eadiecougs 4/22/2014 1:36:12 PM Report

rem its not his money its ours that they are wasting.Bring in industry here and fix roads and sewers or sault ste marie will become a ghost town.
ranny 4/22/2014 4:14:59 PM Report

This city had many opportunity to bring big industry. To bad politics were played by Algoma Steel by not allowing any other company to come in. All because it was an ego wanting to be the only leading industry in the city.
algoma 4/22/2014 4:19:21 PM Report

What will it take to make growing food to feed people important and the millions of dollars it generates appreciated. The top land in Ontario is being gobbled up for roads and infrastructure in Southern Ontario and quality land is needed to keep growing food to feed people. Southern Ontario has been tiled for decades, we in the North are far behind. Most land in Algoma is too wet so plants can't establish a good root system to sustain proper growth. Tiling lowers the water table so that plants don't drown when it rains too much and don't starve when there is a drought because the roots have gone down deep enough to still get water needed. Tiles generally run year round and are capable of draining 1/2" of water a day. Tile drainage is very important in the long term growth of Northern Ontario and I am very happy that someone appreciates that. And no I am not going to be getting any dollars from this grant as I have been completely tiled for over 20 years and I know the value of it.
The Batman 4/22/2014 4:47:25 PM Report

@AlwaysAWinner - Everyone I know is in IT and they all graduated here in the soo. They all found really good careers in IT paying $50-$80 thousand a year salary with full pension and benefits. I don't think you are looking in the right places. Don't claim you know the truth when you merely have an opinion.
mac2 4/22/2014 4:48:09 PM Report

where is the new tiling going? is it north of the soo or?
just wondering, i hope it will help the local food and farming, :)
mac2 4/22/2014 4:50:47 PM Report

looks like they are pushing canola and soy for the "high value", :(
last1standing 4/22/2014 5:19:28 PM Report

How many times do i gotta say it. Bye Dave. Oh by the way Dave ,My moms got the flu bug at the Davey Home. Not enough staff to help her out, keep the home clean. Cuts and stuff you know.Hope your moms well
Mr. Poster 4/22/2014 5:29:31 PM Report

The libs are doing everything they can due to an election year...period. There is no money in the is there any other reason than an election for David and group for putting us into deeper debt?
44.caliberloveletter 4/22/2014 8:10:23 PM Report

@ranny thanks, ill do that, you don't think I know this? im just saying that 1.1 mill could be used in better places ;) appreciate it tho.

@unkle kraker...smoke some more chum ;)
ranny 4/23/2014 8:55:00 AM Report

44.caliberloveletter People are correct about drunk drivers. A sober driver will drive around the pot holes while a drink driver will drive through it. I'm guessing the City isn't doing any road fixing till they finish remove snows from the road and cleaning. Which i heard their spring cleaning is behind schedule. :)
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