Increased Provincial Funding For Winter Roads
McGuinty Government Helping Connect Far North Communities To Supplies And Services
More provincial funding will flow this year for winter roads - the economic and social lifelines for communities in Ontario's Far North that are accessible only by air or water.
In the 2008 Ontario Budget, the McGuinty government increased its Winter Roads Program funding for 2008-2009 by $500,000 for a total annual investment of $4 million.
Winter roads are built over frozen ground and waterways. Last year, winter roads connected 31 remote communities to the province's permanent highway and rail systems. Weather permitting, the winter roads are in use from late January until late March. First Nations communities or winter road corporations build and maintain the winter roads, and also contribute funds.
- Ontario’s winter roads network measures a total of nearly 3,000 kilometres, about the driving distance from Sioux Lookout to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
- From 2004-2005 to 2008-2009, Ontario has invested a total of $18 million through the program.
“In light of increased fuel and insurance costs, Ontario’s boost in winter roads funding will help communities plan with more certainty for next winter’s construction”
“Our government is clearly committed to helping remote communities have more economical, safe and convenient access to services and supplies. We continue to work with the federal government to have it match Ontario’s winter roads funding.”