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2013 Communities of Opportunity: Temiskaming Shores

Consisting of the communities of Haileybury, New Liskeard and Dymond Township, Temiskaming Shores serves as an economic service hub.
Temiskaming Shores, Ontario.

Consisting of the communities of Haileybury, New Liskeard and Dymond Township, Temiskaming Shores serves as an economic service hub.

The amalgamated municipality is strategically located between the major cities of North Bay, Sudbury, Timmins and the towns of western Quebec.

Temiskaming Shores has witnessed several retail expansions with the arrival of national chains such as a larger Wal-Mart Superstore, a Staples Business Depot, a Holiday Inn Express and a Toyota dealership.

The expansion of the Dymond Industrial Park is also complete with two double lots having been sold to date, with one business already under construction and another in the planning stages.

“For us, that's exciting news,” said James Franks, economic development coordinator for Temiskaming Shores. “That's some job creation.”

The municipality has also been working on developing a mining supply cluster to take advantage of mining and exploration activity in the area.

Temiskaming Shores has made its presence felt at the recent Naturallia conference in Sault Ste. Marie and will be taking up booth space at the internationally-renowned Prospectors and Developers Association Conference in Toronto next March.

“We are renting a space to exhibit northeastern Ontario,” said Franks. “We hope they'll get some great partnerships from some of the folks that will be there. There will literally be companies from all over the world.”

The municipality also held an immigration symposium, working with both the North Bay and District Multicultural Centre and the Timmins & District Multicultural Centre in an effort to encourage immigrants to relocate to the North.

Northern College is still preparing to build a 60-unit student residence at its Haileybury campus as the ongoing scramble by students to find suitable housing in the community stands to inhibit the growth of the college's programs.

In New Liskeard, a private developer purchased a large waterfront lot, with plans to build a 72-unit condo and home development worth an estimated $25 million.

Commercial real estate developers RioCan recently agreed to sell a piece of property located between Highway 11 and 65, giving the municipality the opportunity to connect the two.

“That gives us 30 acres of commercial land, including access to the mall,” said Franks. “It's going to free up some traffic, making flow better and safer.”

Temiskaming Shores has the good fortune to be built around the shores of Lake Temiskaming which is the location for an annual bikers' reunion.

With the addition of the 69-unit Holiday Inn Express, the community has increased the capacity to host various events such as conferences and tournaments.