Supplied by Sault MPP Ross Romano…
Ontario’s government is working for the people by supporting tourism in Sault Ste. Marie
through an investment in new Paper Mill district attractions, creating eight new full- and parttime jobs.
Today, Ross Romano, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Northern
Development and Mines, announced the provincial government is investing $5 million to help
the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, along with a private sector real
estate and manufacturing partner, build new tourism features at the former St. Mary’s Paper
The project includes a new Agawa Canyon Tour train station, an exhibit centre-gallery, a
micro-brewery and an outdoor event centre. These attractions would complement
The Machine Shop, an adjacent building that includes a restaurant, pub and event facility.
“Tourism is vital to the economy of many northern communities like Sault Ste. Marie,” said
Ross Romano. “Our government is pleased to support the Paper Mill district project, a
significant investment in our unique and growing tourism sector.”
“We thank the province for funding this project at the Paper Mill District in support of building
Sault Ste. Marie as a tourism destination,” said Dan Hollingsworth, Executive Director of the
Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. “We are pleased to partner with the SIS
Group on this exciting investment that will bring more visitors to our community and region”.
“As a proud lifelong resident and an entrepreneur in Sault Ste. Marie, I am pleased to help
grow the tourism sector and provide opportunities here in our community” said Tony Porco,
Owner of the SIS Group. “I thank the Ontario government for supporting our vision for the
development of the Paper Mill district.”