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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 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 helps economic diversification through enhanced programs of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation including the Entrepreneur Program, one of seven programs to help 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 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.

Through this program, the Ministry's network of offices provides northern communities, businesses and entrepreneurs 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
2012-13

Estimates
2011-12

Difference
Between
2012-13
and
2011-12

Actual
2010-11

  OPERATING EXPENSE        
1 Northern Economic Development 239,336,200 239,116,400 219,800 205,369,064
  TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 239,336,200 239,116,400 219,800 205,369,064
Statutory Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act 2,601,000 2,601,000 - 21,359,612
  Total Statutory Appropriations 2,601,000 2,601,000 - 21,359,612
  Total Operating Expense 241,937,200 241,717,400 219,800 226,728,676
  OPERATING ASSETS        
3 Northern Development Operating Assets 2,599,300 401,000 2,198,300 34,029,783
  TOTAL OPERATING ASSETS TO BE VOTED 2,599,300 401,000 2,198,300 34,029,783
  Total Operating Assets 2,599,300 401,000 2,198,300 34,029,783
  CAPITAL EXPENSE        
2 Northern Economic Development 135,674,000 127,358,300 8,315,700 102,836,858
  TOTAL CAPITAL EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 135,674,000 127,358,300 8,315,700 102,836,858
Statutory Amortization - The Financial Administration Act 212,647,100 193,537,900 19,109,200 182,094,591
  Total Statutory Appropriations 212,647,100 193,537,900 19,109,200 182,094,591
  Total Capital Expense 348,321,100 320,896,200 27,424,900 284,931,449
  CAPITAL ASSETS        
4 Northern Development Capital Assets 550,925,800 663,936,300 (113,010,500) 734,327,557
  TOTAL CAPITAL ASSETS TO BE VOTED 550,925,800 663,936,300 (113,010,500) 734,327,557
  Total Capital Assets 550,925,800 663,936,300 (113,010,500) 734,327,557


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     9,656,300
  Employee benefits     1,301,500
  Transportation and communication     622,000
  Services     12,407,600
  Supplies and equipment     228,200
  Transfer payments      
     Community Services   625,000  
     Economic Development   3,152,000  
     Summer Jobs Service   3,360,000  
     Ontario Northland Transportation Commission   27,948,000  
     Owen Sound Transportation Company   1,800,000  
     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   146,000,000  
     Aboriginal Economic Development   8,400,000 226,835,000
  Subtotal     251,050,600
  Less: Recoveries     11,714,400
  Total Operating Expense to be Voted     239,336,200
  Statutory Appropriations      
  Other transactions      
Statutory    Bad Debt Expense, the Financial Administration Act     2,601,000
  Total Operating Expense for Northern Development Program     241,937,200
  OPERATING ASSETS      
2202-3 Northern Development Operating Assets      
  Deposits and prepaid expenses     1,000
  Loans and Investments     2,598,300
  Total Operating Assets to be Voted     2,599,300
  Total Operating Assets for Northern Development Program     2,599,300
  CAPITAL EXPENSE      
2202-2 Northern Economic Development      
  Services     25,102,000
  Transfer payments      
     Winter Roads   4,725,000  
     Ontario Northland Transportation Commission   31,519,000  
     Owen Sound Transportation Company   3,670,000  
     Northern Ontario Heritage Fund   65,500,000  
     Railway Infrastructure Renewal   2,307,000 107,721,000
  Other transactions      
     Resource Access Roads     2,851,000
  Total Capital Expense to be Voted     135,674,000
  Statutory Appropriations      
  Other transactions      
Statutory    Amortization - The Financial Administration Act     212,647,100
  Total Capital Expense for Northern Development Program     348,321,100
  CAPITAL ASSETS      
2202-4 Northern Development Capital Assets      
  Land and marine fleet     59,000
  Transportation infrastructure - asset costs     550,866,800
  Total Capital Assets to be Voted     550,925,800
  Total Capital Assets for Northern Development Program     550,925,800