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Ontario investing in its far North Connecting Communities

Town of Moosonee, Northern Ontario, Canada

By Phil Anders for theWedge.LIVE

Christmas came a little early for remote communities of Northern Ontario.

Ontario’s government is connecting remote communities and creating opportunities for economic development by investing in the 2019-20 winter roads program.

On December 20, Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs, announced over $5.8 million in funding for 31 First Nations and the Town of Moosonee to build and maintain 3,160 kilometres of temporary winter roads.

“The winter roads network is an economic lifeline for our Far North communities,” said Minister Rickford. “These temporary snow and ice roads provide vital connections to all-season roads that bring in essential services and goods such as food, medical and construction supplies.”

Winter roads also offer more affordable transportation options for the mining industry, a key contributor to the northern economy. Weather permitting, the winter roads network is open from about mid-January until the spring thaw.

Connecting northern communities is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario together. Ontario’s balanced and prudent plan is creating more jobs and opportunities in the north and keeping more money in people’s pockets.

The Town of Moosonee and 31 First Nation communities are building 3,160 kilometres of winter roads through a $5.8 million investment from the Ontario Government.

2020 Winter roads to remote communities in Northern Ontario, Canada

The winter road network provides seasonal connections to all-season roads in remote and Far North communities.

Community / Funding Recipient  Investment Project
Amimakee Wa Zhing #37 (Northwest Angle #37) $75,196 Winter road from Windigo Island to Kenora
Bearskin Lake $162,249 Winter road running northeast from Muskrat Dam to the community
Cat Lake $269,395 Winter road running from Pickle Lake to the community
Deer Lake $134,697 Winter road running west from North Spirit Lake
Eabametoong (Fort Hope) $168,372 Winter road from the community to Kabina Staging Grounds
Fort Severn $358,173 Winter road from the community to the Ontario border near Shamattawa, Manitoba
Kasabonika Lake $79,594 Winter road from the community to Wawakapewin
Keewaywin $185,209 Winter road from the community to the eastern shore of Weagamow Lake
Kimesskanamenow LP* $572,274 Winter road from Moosonee to Attawapiskat via Fort Albany and Kashechewan
Kingfisher Lake $282,558 Winter road from Kingfisher Lake to North Road Junction (Hwy 599)
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) $186,739 Winter road from the community to Kingfisher Lake
Marten Falls $314,291 Winter road from the community to Nakina
Moose Cree $370,346 Winter road connecting Otter Rapids to Moose Factory and from Moose Factory to Moosonee
Town of Moosonee $22,875 Two ramps required for the winter road to Moose Factory
Muskrat Dam $162,286 Winter road from the community to Weagamow Lake
Neskantaga $593,299 Winter road from Pickle Lake North Road to Neskantaga
Nibinamik $157,657 Winter road from the community to Common Road
North Caribou Lake $122,755 Winter road from Windigo Lake to the community and from the community to the west shore of Weagamow Lake
North Spirit Lake $239,269 Winter road from the community to the all-season Nungessor Road
Northwest Angle #33 $18,917 Winter road from the community to Northwest Angle #37
Pikangikum $50,511 Winter road from the community to the all-season Nungessor Road
Poplar Hill $75,002 Winter road from the community to Pikangikum
Sachigo Lake $107,145 Winter road running northeast from Muskrat Dam to the community
Sandy Lake $168,372 Winter road connecting with the Deer Lake Winter Road System and connecting to Keewaywin Road
Temagami $18,367 Winter road from Temagami Access Road to Bear Island
Wapekeka $48,980 Winter road from the community to Big Trout Lake Connection
Wawakapewin $189,838 Winter road from the community to Highway 599
Webequie $168,372 Winter road from the community to the Nibinamik-Webequie junction
Weenusk $306,131 Winter road from the community to Fort Severn
Wunnumin Lake $91,839 Winter road from the Assine Lake turn-off to Wunnumin Lake

Serves all three communities of  Attawapiskat via Fort Albany and Kashechewan

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