Northern mayors consider
possibility of buying ONTel
Northern Ontario Mayors are now looking at
the possibility of taking over ONTel, the
telecommunications arm of Ontario Northland
Mayors from Timmins, North Bay, Sudbury,
Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay have requested
a meeting with ONTC chairman Royal Poulin, as
well as an opportunity to look into the
possibility of taking over ONTel.
If ONTC would afford us the opportunity to
investigate this further . . . it would
definitely be positive, Mayor Jamie Lim said.
Lim said by meeting with Poulin and
investigating this further the mayors would see
if it would be a feasible move by the five major
cities in Northern Ontario.
In a media release, Lim said she and her
colleagues across the North would be very
persistent in their bid to obtain information on
ONTCs telecommunications assets.
Once due diligence is completed and we think
that its a good business proposition, then well
take the next step, she added.
The telecommunications arm of ONTC (ONTel) is
vital to the North and must be preserved, Lim
The communities in Northern Ontario have
viewed the efforts of ONTel as critical to the
ongoing economic development efforts in the
North. Telecommunications is an essential
element in leveling the economic playing field
for those businesses that operate out of
Northern Ontario and is a key factor in
attracting businesses and job creation, the five
mayors wrote in a letter to Poulin last Friday.