Budget closes many northern Travel Information Centres

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  Budget closes many northern Travel Information Centres
The recent provincial budget included a plan to close several Ontario Travel Information Centres – most in northern and rural Ontario. Travel centres along highways 400 and 401 in southern Ontario will not only be maintained but expanded!
As the tourism industry in northern Ontario struggles to recover from the worst recession in memory, and the north as a region continues its economic decline, it appears that the provincial government intends to abandon one of the few tangible supports it provides.
The following year-round centres are scheduled to close in 30 days

  • Fort Frances
  • Cornwall
  • Fort Erie

These seasonal centres will not open at all this year

  • Kenora
  • Rainy River
  • Hill Island
  • Prescott

These centres include some of our busiest in terms of distribution of the Ontario Outdoor Adventure Guide, so we know that many of your current and potential guests stop there for information. We are letting the Minister of Tourism know, in the strongest possible terms, how outraged we are at this announcement. We urge you to do the same and make your voice heard.
Contact the Minister of Tourism the Minister of Northern Development and the Premier and let them know what you think. Let your local MPP know how you feel, as well. Remember, this is a minority government and the budget needs the support of one of the opposition parties or the government falls!
Honourable Dalton McGuinty
Premier of Ontario
Legislative Bldg
Rm 281, Queen’s Park
Toronto ON M7A1A1
Email: dalton.mcguinty@ontario.ca
Honourable Michael Chan
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Hearst Block
9th Flr, 900 Bay St
Toronto ON M7A2E1
Email: michael.chan@ontario.ca
Hon. Rick Bartolucci
Minister of Northern Development and Mines
Whitney Block
5th Flr Rm 5630
99 Wellesley St W
Toronto ON M7A1W3
Email: rick.bartolucci@ontario.ca

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