Ontario is partnering together with Columbia’s Forest Products to create and maintain more jobs in the town of Hearst.

This boost to economic growth was announced by the province Friday afternoon, as part of a $3.2 million investment over the next five years in Columbia Forest Products infrastructure project.

Minister of Natural Resources Nathalie Des Rosiers says a strong forest products sector is a key to Ontario’s economy, especially within the north.

Minister of Economic Development and Growth Steven Del Duca says he is happy to see the investment they are making in Northern Ontario and the support it will provide northern families.

The Hearst Economic Development Corporation could not be reached for a comment at this time.