Funding Announced for 2021 Winter Roads

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De Beers Victor Mine Convoy on Winter Road
The winter ice road allows needed materials into Attawapiskat

KENORA – The Ontario government is investing $6 million to help 31 remote First Nation communities and the Town of Moosonee build and maintain 3,170 kilometres of temporary snow and ice roads for the 2020-21 winter season.

“Winter roads are a lifeline for remote communities, as they provide vital connections to all-season roads, said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “By providing multi-year funding, our government is reducing the administrative burden, supporting economic development and enabling our northern communities to plan more effectively for upcoming winter roads seasons.”

This investment is part of a three year funding commitment and will promote economic stability and make it easier for remote communities to bring in essential goods and services, such as food, medical and construction supplies.

Temporary winter roads serve over 21,000 Ontarians and provide more affordable transportation options for northern job creators and employers, including the mining industry  ̶  a key contributor to the northern economy. Weather permitting, the winter roads network is open from approximately mid-January until the spring thaw.