Dock Upgrade Study Funded In Attawapiskat
McGuinty Government Commits To Improving Efficiency Of Community Dock
Attawapiskat First Nation is looking to maximize the economic and business development potential of its maritime shipping facilities.
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $9,400 to Kattawapiskak Development Company Inc. to study the feasibility of upgrading the dock to provide more efficient service for the community, as well as to the nearby Victor Mine project. Funding is provided by the NOHFC's Infrastructure and Community Development Program.
Overall, the study aims to review/create:
- Existing/future uses for the dock
- Location options and operational costs
- Management/facility governance measures
- Capital needs, design drawings, and a concept plan
- The Kattawapiskak Development Company Inc. was established in 2003 by the Attawapiskat First Nation to improve the community’s economy by securing new job opportunities and creating new businesses.
- Before 2005, the Attawapiskat dock annually handled approximately 4.4 million pounds of freight. This year, the dock is expected to handle 6.6 million pounds.
“As the demand for northern resources and services increases, we must ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place to handle the demand and lever new economic opportunities.”