Canada and Ontario invest in roads and bridges for rural communities in Northern Ontario
June 25, 2020 12:00 P.M.
ATIKOKAN — The governments of Canada and Ontario recognize the different ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted smaller communities across the province. While moving towards recovery, investments in infrastructure in rural and northern Ontario are vital to successful, sustainable communities and their economies.
Today, the Honourable Marcus Powlowski, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River, on behalf of Maryam Monsef, Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development; the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and Mayor Dennis Brown, Town of Atikokan, announced funding for 12 airport, road and bridge projects in Northern Ontario.
In the Town of Atikokan, approximately 11 kilometres of road are being improved, including 3 kilometres of new curbing. This project will improve access to main roads for emergency responders, improving residents’ safety.
The regional airports in Gore Bay and Hornepayne will receive upgrades that include a new airport terminal, an expansion of a secondary runway, improvements to security and wildlife fencing; and repaving the runway and installing a new LED lighting system along the runway. These upgrades will reduce maintenance and service interruptions, offering passengers a higher quality service.
Other projects include road improvements in Chapple, Wawa, Thessalon, Smooth Rock Falls, Nairn and Hyman, Sheshegwaning First Nation and White River. In addition, bridge repairs and replacements will create safer and more efficient driving conditions for Laird and Kapuskasing.
The Government of Canada is investing over $23 million in these projects through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Ontario is contributing more than $12 million for these important infrastructure projects in these northern communities. Municipalities and a First Nation community are contributing over $5 million in total towards the projects.
The governments of Canada and Ontario are working in collaboration with their partners to support jobs, improve communities and build confidence as we safely and sustainably restore economic growth.
” Rural communities help build our nation. By investing in projects like these, we are helping to make them thrive, become more competitive and we are contributing to our country’s economic recovery in these unprecedented times. These projects will help create well-paying, stable jobs during the construction phase, and they will have positive and long-lasting effects on residents and businesses well into the future.”
– The Honourable Marcus Powlowski
Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay–Rainy River, on behalf of Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
” Investing in ‘shovel ready projects’ like these helps to create jobs and improve the lives of residents in these northern and First Nations communities. By investing in new roads and bridges and improvements to regional airports, we can help drive local economic development and move people and goods safely and effectively across the Algoma Region.”
– The Honourable Laurie Scott
Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure
” The funding announced today represents a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity for the Town of Atikokan and its residents. The completion of this paving project, in particular, the O’Brien St. reconstruction, will allow for decreased emergency response times and safer patient transfer to the airport. This program will allow for the repaving of nearly 30% of the Town’s roads. We couldn’t have done this without the generous support from our Federal and Provincial government partners.”
– His Worship Dennis Brown
Mayor of the Town of Atikokan
” I am overjoyed and very grateful that Wawa has received over $4 million in funding from the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. This essential and necessary funding will go towards improving 2.5 km of roadway to three of our schools. Generous Federal and Provincial funding support for this critical project will help to create a much safer environment for Wawa’s youth to attend school, with new accessible pedestrian crossings, bike lanes and a new bus loading zone.”
– His Worship Ron Rody
Mayor of the Municipality of Wawa
” This is a long-awaited funding opportunity that comes at a perfect time to help stimulate our community’s economy and assist in the recovery from COVID-19. Thank you to all the various parties for funding our project!”
– His Worship Angelo Bazzoni
Mayor of the Township of White River
” This funding allows us to move forward with the much-needed widening and resurfacing of nearly 2 km of Old Nairn Road, a vital arterial road in our town, improving traffic flow and increasing safety and security for drivers and pedestrians. This project also supports the economic development of our community and will help our businesses grow with a safer and more reliable transportation route.”
– Belinda Ketchabaw
Chief Administrative Officer, Clerk/Treasurer for the Township of Nairn and Hyman
|Marie-Pier Baril Press Secretary, Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
Christine Bujold Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure
Sofia Sousa-Dias Communications Branch, Ministry of Infrastructure
Leah Fraser Deputy Clerk, Town of Atikokan
Posted on: Jun 25 2020, 2.53 PM Category: Uncategorised