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Province providing $6M for winter roads construction

Network enables First Nations, remote communities to access essential goods
The Kimesskanemenow LP subsidiary First Logistics operates the James Bay Winter Road. A Cree word meaning 'our road,' Kimesskanemenow LP, is a limited partnership between the four First Nations of Attawapiskat, Fort Albany, Moose Cree and Kashechewan.

The province is investing $6 million to build 3,170 kilometres of snow and ice roads for the 2021-2022 winter season.

Originally announced in 2019, the funds are part of a three-year commitment by the province to help 31 remote First Nation communities and the Town of Moosonee connect to the provincial highway system to bring in essential goods and services, such as food, medical supplies, and construction materials.

"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, in a Dec. 21 news release.

"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."

Winter roads in Northern Ontario serve more than 21,000 Ontarians, benefitting residents and key industries including mining.

The winter roads remain open between mid-January and the spring thaw.