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Province funds $5.8 million for winter road network

Seasonal roads provide access to 31 remote First Nation communities

The provincial government announced more than $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.

Winter roads in the province’s Far North connect remote First Nation communities to the provincial highway system.

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From mid-January to the spring thaw, winter roads are used to bring in consumer goods, fuel and construction materials to communities.

Maintenance of the network provides employment for First Nation residents and easier overland access to these communities and remote areas for healthcare and other service providers, as well as providing road maintenance jobs for First Nation members.

"The winter roads network is an economic lifeline for our Far North communities," said Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford, in a Dec. 20 news release.

"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."

A funding breakdown to the various communities is available here.