ONTC employees unanimously support revitalize ONTC plan

Monday, October 22, 2012   by: Kate AdamsONTC General Chairperson’s Association
News Release


The General Chairperson’s Association (GCA), representing employees of Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC), today announced that their members have voiced unanimous support for the proposed New Deal to revitalize ONTC.

About 530 current employees along with a number of retirees attended weekend meetings in North Bay, Timmins, Cochrane and Englehart to learn more about the New Deal from GCA representatives, following its public announcement on Friday.

The GCA-led plan calls for transferring ownership of provincially-held ONTC’s railroad and other assets including Ontera, to a new ports authority to be operated under the Canada Marine Act. ONTC operations will be strengthened, and a new rail line to the Ring of Fire will be developed to ship chromite, nickel and other minerals and finished products to markets around the world.

“We are more energized than ever about the New Deal after receiving such enthusiastic support from our members,” said GCA representative Brian Stevens. “Their voices build on strong support from a growing list of key stakeholders, adding to our confidence in the plan’s success.”

Other stakeholders actively supporting the New Deal include First Nations communities, Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Jay Aspin, Northern Ontario communities, and mining and other business interests.

ONTC employees were told at the weekend meetings that the potential costs to the provincial government in severance and benefits will be a convincing reason for them to join other stakeholders in advancing the New Deal.

“Our proposal offers clear benefits to the Province beyond avoiding costs associated with divesting ONTC,” Stevens remarked. “This is an exciting opportunity for the government to save transportation services and hundreds of existing jobs in the North while also creating thousands more jobs by providing access to the Ring of Fire.”

The GCA has invited Ministers Bartolucci and Chiarelli to discuss the New Deal at their earliest opportunity.

The plan was developed in response to the Ontario government’s March 23, 2012 decision to divest the ONTC, which was followed by the shutdown of ONTC’s Northlander passenger train service on September 28, 2012.

Ontario Northland employs more than 950 workers and supports over 1100 pensioners in Northeastern Ontario, and has an estimated annual economic impact of almost $210 million in the region.

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whaaazz up 10/23/2012 10:26:27 AM Report

And why wouldn't they support it
it's a Motherhood scenario. What I
can't understand is why they would announce something like that when it
is no more than a "Concept",has no
approval from any of the Govt's and
the Minister had no knowledge of it.
I sincerely hope it will not be just
another Disappointment for all concerned.
" Just my opinion!"
yabadaba 10/23/2012 12:05:58 PM Report


Why would they tell the Minister before they have a plan in place.

Just visit the Ministry of Northern Development to see where Bartoluccci's interests lie. Lots of funding for Sudbury this and that....

Then you can question why people call him the minister of Sudbury development.
dgl1 10/23/2012 1:44:18 PM Report

Bartagucci doesn't represent the north. He should be turfed out on his a$$.
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