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Ontario invests in building winter roads in the Far North

Maryam Farag   

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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 2021-22 winter season.

The funding will also be used to support special projects, including bridge improvements, maintenance of crossings and other repairs.

“Winter roads are a critical link to the province’s transportation system for remote First Nation communities in Ontario,” said Greg Rickford, Minister, Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry and Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “With this investment, our government is helping Far North communities with economic development and to plan more effectively for upcoming winter roads seasons.”

Weather permitting, the winter roads network is open from approximately mid-January until the spring thaw.

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