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McGuinty Government Helps Remote First Nations Communities Improve Winter Road Access

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McGuinty Government Helps Remote First Nations Communities Improve Winter Road Access

TORONTO - The McGuinty government is improving winter road planning strategies among remote First Nations by investing $22,700 to organize a Winter Road Forum, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our investment supports a forum that will facilitate information sharing and strategic planning among participating communities," said Bartolucci. "By working together, Ontario's remote First Nations can more effectively address challenges associated with winter road access in the Far North."

The provincial investment will be used by the Nishnwawbe Aski Development Fund to organize a Winter Road Forum in Thunder Bay. The forum, starting today, will include participants from 27 remote Ontario communities and will help address ongoing winter road construction and maintenance issues.

"Improving winter road access will strengthen communities, boost the economy and improve the quality of life for residents of Ontario's Far North," said Bartolucci.

This investment is in addition to a $3-million investment in the 2003-04 Winter Roads Program announced by the minister earlier this month.

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