Winter Roads Financing from NADF

Modular Home headed to Attawapiskat photo by Emma A. Williams
Northern Ice Roads allow large items to be transported to Northern Communities - Photo by Emma Williams

Lifeline for the North on Winter Roads

THUNDER BAY – The winter road system across Northwestern Ontario is a lifeline for northern communities. Getting in the materials for construction, a years worth of supplies in many cases, and the heavy equipment for mining goes in on Winter Roads.

The network of winter roads across the region also offers an easier way out for residents. Traveling on the winter roads allows families to get out and in many cases stock up on lower-priced goods in the south. From Fort Severn, one of the furthest north communities in Ontario, the winter road takes residents west into Manitoba over a challenging drive.

The Northern Ice Roads Network is the community lifeline for the North.
The Northern Ice Roads Network is the community lifeline for the North.

Northern Ontario’s winter road network connects remote First Nation communities to Ontario’s highway or railway systems.  Historically, the winter road season has operated from mid-January until the spring thaw, which usually occurs in late March.  However, in recent years the duration of the winter road season has been impacted by climate change and the window of opportunity for communities and businesses to transport inventory and supplies on the winter road is becoming increasingly smaller.

NADF Offers Winter Road Financing

Communities and businesses must be proactive and be prepared to begin transporting goods at the onset of the winter road season and NADF may be able to assist by providing financing to cashflow these purchases.

How to apply for Winter Road Financing?

Contact NADF to discuss your application.

Who can apply for Winter Road Financing?

Remote First Nation communities and businesses.

How to submit your application.

E-mail: Charlton Thompson, Senior Loans Officer

Mail: Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund, 200 Anemki Place, Fort William First Nation, ON P7J 1L6

Fax: (807) 622-8271

Questions? Call 1-800-465-6821