TORONTO – ” 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,” states Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.
“I am very pleased that Premier Wynne is re-visiting beautiful Northern Ontario,” shares Minister Michael Gravelle. “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”.
Minister Michael Gravelle will hold his nomination meeting in Thunder Bay at the Italian Cultural Centre on Tuesday evening.
Premier Wynne will visit Thunder Bay where she will 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.
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.
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.