Repaired Road Enhances Economic Opportunities In Atikokan Area
McGuinty Government Helping Create Jobs, Improve Infrastructure
A newly reconstructed access road linking Atikokan to mineral and forestry resources will help create jobs and business development opportunities for local residents and members of area First Nations.
More than 12 kilometres of the Sawbill Bay multi-use access road were repaired through a partnership among the Ontario government, Brett Resources Inc., Seine River First Nation and the Town of Atikokan.
The road will be used to transport equipment and personnel to Brett Resources' exploration camp at the Hammond Reef gold deposit. It will also provide access to other resource and recreation-related activities in the area.
The seven-week project created 10 construction jobs and provided six local First Nations members with road construction training.
- The Ontario government invested $150,000 toward the project through its Resource Access Roads Program.
- Vancouver-based Brett Resources Inc. plans to develop the Hammond Reef gold deposit, located about 170 kilometres west of Thunder Bay and 23 kilometres northeast of Atikokan, into a producing mine.
- Brett Resources Inc. and eight area First Nations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that covers exploration activities lead by the company on the Hammond Reef gold deposit.
“Today's announcement once again demonstrates the commitment of our government to facilitate economic development in Atikokan. I want to thank our partners in this project, and I look forward to future economic success for Atikokan and area as a result of this initiative.”
“Road access is vital for economic development. That's why in 2009-10, our government is helping to repair and build multi-use resource access roads on Crown land.”
“In addition to the economic opportunities the upgraded road will provide, this project will also benefit hunters, anglers and the tourism industry.”