Northern leaders meet to discuss the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario
Special guests attend the Northern Leaders Conference.
(L-R) Mayor Alan Spacek, Kapuskasing and President of
the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM);
Mayor Christian Provenzano, Sault Ste. Marie; Grand Chief
Isadore Day; Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of
Northern Development and Mines; Mayor Dave Canfield,
Kenora; Honourable David Orazietti, Minister of
Government and Consumer Services; Mayor Steve Black,
Timmins; Tim Pile, PCMNO Secretary/Treasurer;
and Mayor Brian Bigger, Sudbury.

On February 12, 2015, a group of municipal, provincial and First Nations leaders gathered at Sault Ste. Marie’s Delta Hotel to discuss the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, 2011 (Growth Plan). The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) was represented by PCMNO Secretary/Treasurer, Tim Pile.

The long-range, 25-year Growth Plan was announced by the province on March 4, 2011 and is designed to diversify the region’s traditional resource-based industries; stimulate new investment and entrepreneurship; and nurture new and emerging sectors with high growth potential. The Growth Plan’s policies are built upon six themes, which contribute to the region’s long-term sustainability and prosperity: economy, people, communities, Aboriginal peoples, infrastructure and environment.

The MNO’s participation in this event is another indication of the MNO’s growing role in Ontario and the esteem the MNO is held in by all levels of government.