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Moosonee undertaking first strategic plan

Community received federal funding for two initiatives
Moosonee will develop its first strategic plan.

The Town of Moosonee will develop its first strategic plan, thanks to some federal funding.

The federal government announced on May 17 that the community would receive $128,919 for two initiatives.

Of the funds, $28,919, from the Northern Ontario Development Program, will go toward the development of an economic development strategic plan — the community’s first — to identify opportunities for business development and growth.

The remaining $100,000 comes from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, and will be used to stabilize the town’s riverfront where the public docks are located.

“On behalf of the people of Moosonee, I would like to acknowledge this support by the Government of Canada that will enable us to address the deterioration of our shoreline that is threatening access to our public docks, as well as water/sewage infrastructure,” said Wayne Taipale, mayor of Moosonee, in a release.

“We also look forward to completing our first strategic planning process that will help us identify priorities and how to implement them.”

Moosonee is located roughly 19 kilometres south of James Bay, and is the farthest north stop for the Ontario Northland Railway. It’s from here that supplies are offloaded to ships and aircraft for transportation to communities further north.