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ORAZIETTI ANNOUNCES $1.2 MILLION FOR INNOVATION CENTRE LOTTERY & GAMING PURSUIT INITIATIVE

Project Will Attract New, Direct Investments and Create Jobs in Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie - The Ontario Government is investing $1.2 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre’s (SSMIC) three-year Lottery and Gaming Pursuit initiative, David Orazietti, MPP announced today.

 

“Our government is committed to growing the economy and creating jobs in Ontario, and this opportunity will help attract lottery and gaming businesses to the Sault,” said Orazietti. “The Lottery and Gaming Pursuit initiative will allow us to build on the sector’s current economic strengths and further create a dynamic lottery and gaming cluster, as well as create a global awareness of our community’s business offerings when it comes to the gaming industry.”

 

This new project will help attract new, direct investments to Sault Ste. Marie by capitalizing on the significant global changes occurring within the gaming industry as new technological platforms emerge and new responsible gaming approaches are developed.

 

Seven direct new jobs will be created as a result of this initiative, and another 200 indirect jobs are expected to follow.

 

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) has developed a modernization plan to further increase investments in healthcare, education and infrastructure and this project aims to capitalize on that modernization. Through partnering with the OLG, the SSMIC will establish an economic environment with unique business support services and stakeholder collaboration to serve the future of the lottery and gaming sector.

 

“The lottery and gaming sector is an important economic driver for Sault Ste. Marie. This funding will enable the community to take a proactive approach to retaining and growing jobs within this globally significant sector,” said Tom Vair, Executive Director, SSMIC. “We greatly appreciate NOHFC and the Province of Ontario supporting this strategic initiative and look forward to collaborating with industry partners to pursue diversification and advance the development of a lottery and gaming cluster in our city.”

 

Since 2003, the Ontario government has made the following investments in the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre:

 

  • $1,1015,000 with Canadian Bank Note for e-gaming (NOHFC)
  • $989,000 Algoma Agriculture Infrastructure – tile drainage (NOHFC)
  • $713,200 Algoma Games for Health (NOHFC)
  • $522,588 Bio-Sciences and Technology Convergence Centre (NOHFC)
  • $461,800 ProtoLaunch initiative (Ontario Trillium Foundation)
  • $338,000 Smart Energy Centre of Excellence(NOHFC)
  • $262,750 Rural Agricultural Innovation Network (RAIN) – (NOHFC)
  • $250,000 with Algoma University to develop Computer Gaming Technology Centre (NOHFC)
  • $227,360 for Youth Intern positions (NOHFC)
  • $170,660 Business Accelerator Hub Project (NOHFC)
  • $142,900 for development of 3D hospital geospatial IT system (NOHFC)
  • $50,000 for Video Game Development training (Ontario Trillium Foundation)
  • $38,000 Ontario Ministry of Environment Community Environment Fund

 

QUICK FACTS

  • In Sault Ste. Marie, the NOHFC has invested over $104 million in 863 projects, creating or sustaining more than 3,244 jobs since 2003
  • The NOFHC’s investments in business development are an important part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario

 

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