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This program helps build a more prosperous Northern Ontario and strong, vibrant and sustainable northern communities. The Ministry leads and assists in the delivery of a range of targeted initiatives aimed at stimulating economic growth, creating jobs, promoting trade and investment, improving infrastructure and providing a better quality of life for northerners. Ministry programs such as the Export Assistance for Mining and Forestry initiative work to attract trade and investment opportunities to help northern businesses develop and expand domestic and international markets. The Ministry also supports economic diversification through enhanced programs of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation including the new Entrepreneur Program, one of seven programs to support the public and private sector grow and diversify the northern economy. Other initiatives to stimulate economic growth and job creation include the Northern Community Investment Readiness program and the Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program. The Ministry co-leads the development and implementation of the government's Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, coordinates provincial economic development initiatives in the North, and markets Northern Ontario's strengths and opportunities to the world. Strategic investments in infrastructure such as the Northern Highways Program and telecommunications and information technology are improving the North's linkages to the rest of Ontario, Canada and beyond.

The program's network of offices provides northerners with access to government economic development programs and services. By engaging northerners in government initiatives including policy and planning activities, this program also ensures northerners have a say in the development of government programs and services that affect them.

VOTE SUMMARY
($)
ITEM # ITEM

Estimates
2011-12

Estimates
2010-11

Difference
Between
2011-12
and
2010-11

Actual
2009-10

  OPERATING EXPENSE        
1 Northern Economic Development 239,306,400 206,101,800 33,204,600 78,535,546
  TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 239,306,400 206,101,800 33,204,600 78,535,546
Statutory Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act 1,000 12,501,000 (12,500,000) 9,880,000
  Total Statutory Appropriations 1,000 12,501,000 (12,500,000) 9,880,000
  Total Operating Expense 239,307,400 218,602,800 20,704,600 88,415,546
  OPERATING ASSETS        
3 Northern Development Operating Assets 401,000 25,401,000 (25,000,000) 6,197,948
  TOTAL OPERATING ASSETS TO BE VOTED 401,000 25,401,000 (25,000,000) 6,197,948
  Total Operating Assets 401,000 25,401,000 (25,000,000) 6,197,948
  CAPITAL EXPENSE        
2 Northern Economic Development 127,358,300 98,307,000 29,051,300 90,279,526
  TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 127,358,300 98,307,000 29,051,300 90,279,526
Statutory Amortization - The Financial Administration Act 193,537,900 184,053,500 9,484,400 175,845,100
  Total Statutory Appropriations 193,537,900 184,053,500 9,484,400 175,845,100
  Total Capital Expense 320,896,200 282,360,500 38,535,700 266,124,626
  CAPITAL ASSETS        
4 Northern Development Capital Assets 663,936,300 810,173,800 (146,237,500) 612,895,086
  TOTAL CAPITAL ASSETS TO BE VOTED 663,936,300 810,173,800 (146,237,500) 612,895,086
  Total Capital Assets 663,936,300 810,173,800 (146,237,500) 612,895,086



Standard Account by Item and Sub-items
($)
VOTE -ITEM
#
STANDARD ACCOUNT BY ITEM AND SUB-ITEMS      
  OPERATING EXPENSE      
2202-1 Northern Economic Development      
  Salaries and wages     9,682,500
  Employee benefits     1,320,000
  Transportation and communication     516,200
  Services     8,912,000
  Supplies and equipment     243,100
  Transfer payments      
     Community Services   625,000  
     Economic Development   3,039,000  
     Summer Jobs Service   3,360,000  
     Ontario Northland Transportation Commission   32,100,000  
     Owen Sound Transportation Company   800,000  
     GO North Investor Program   500,000  
     Northern Ontario Heritage Fund   34,500,000  
     Northern Ontario Municipal Associations   100,000  
     Small Business Enterprise Centres   450,000  
     Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program   148,830,000  
     Aboriginal Economic Development   4,575,000 228,879,000
  Subtotal     249,552,800
  Less: Recoveries     10,246,400
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     239,306,400
  Statutory Appropriations      
  Other transactions      
Statutory    Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act     1,000
  Total Operating Expense for Northern Development Program     239,307,400
  OPERATING ASSETS      
2202-3 Northern Development Operating Assets      
  Deposits and prepaid expenses     1,000
  Loans and Investments     400,000
  Total Operating Assets to be Voted     401,000
  Total Operating Assets for Northern Development Program     401,000
  CAPITAL EXPENSE      
2202-2 Northern Economic Development      
  Services     25,102,000
  Transfer payments      
     Winter Roads   4,725,000  
     Ontario Northland Transportation Commission   21,625,000  
     Owen Sound Transportation Company   2,047,000  
     Northern Ontario Heritage Fund   65,500,000  
     Railway Infrastructure Renewal   5,508,300 99,405,300
  Other transactions      
     Resource Access Roads     2,851,000
  Total Capital Expense to be Voted     127,358,300
  Statutory Appropriations      
  Other transactions      
Statutory    Amortization - The Financial Administration Act     193,537,900
  Total Capital Expense for Northern Development Program     320,896,200
  CAPITAL ASSETS      
2202-4 Northern Development Capital Assets      
  Land and marine fleet     55,000
  Transportation infrastructure - asset costs     663,881,300
  Total Capital Assets to be Voted     663,936,300
  Total Capital Assets for Northern Development Program     663,936,300