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Trent Severn Waterway Working Group applauds expansion of service on the Trent-Severn Waterway

The Trent Severn Waterway Working Group fully supports the Federal governmentís decision to restore services on the waterway. The Working Group has been working diligently over the last year with the Federal Government to achieve these and other goals. One of the original short term objectives of the Trent Severn Waterway Working Group included extending the daily hours of operation to align with all water and land based users, and introducing on-demand services at lock stations.

The governmentís decision to end mobile crews on the canal, as well ensuring lock stations will operate from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. starting this Canada Day long weekend, is an important step that will strengthen tourism, economic development and investment for the TSW, and will create a more stable base on which a long-term operating model can be established.

While this is an important short-term initiative, the Working Groupís long-term priorities centre on establishing a new operating model. The operating model must address economic development in the region, water management, environmental sustainability, tourism and historical preservation. The model must strive for operational self sufficiency, and give both users and all levels of government a say in governance. Furthermore, it must address four key areas of focus: economic development, future asset renewal, self-sustainability, and effective oversight.

The Trent Severn Waterway Working Group is made up of longstanding members of the Trent Severn community who are committed to finding a solution to the short and long term issues that affect our region. We are dedicated local government, business, and community leaders who live and work along the Trent Severn Waterway. Together, we will work with federal, provincial and local governments to develop a plan that will ensure the long term financial and environmental sustainability of the waterway, as well as increase its economic importance to the many communities along the canal.

The Trent Severn Waterway Working Group is pleased the Harper government continues to support this important waterway and looks forward to working with them to continue to develop this important resource.

To learn more about the Trent Severn Waterway Working Group, please visit www.trentsevern.ca.

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