Matachewan First Nation Upgrades Local Road
McGuinty Government Supports Northern Economic Development
The Matachewan First Nation is upgrading an access road to Highway 66 to help improve safety and foster business development opportunities in the area.
With support from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the First Nation will improve a 13-kilometre access road from Highway 66 to the community. The project will help transform the narrow and winding road into a safer road providing better access for commercial vehicles .It will play a greater role is tapping new economic development opportunities for the Matachewan First Nation.
This initiative is part of the government's five-year Open Ontario plan to create jobs and economic opportunities in Northern Ontario.
- The NOHFC is providing $897,500 to this project through its Infrastructure and Community Development Program.
- Among other important developments in the area, Northgate Minerals today held a groundbreaking ceremony for its Young-Davidson mine in nearby Matachewan. The mine is expected to create about 275 jobs when it is fully operational in 2012.
“By investing in a new road, we are contributing significantly to job creation efforts at Matachewan First Nation and facilitating important new partnerships between the First Nation and local organizations that will contribute to building a stronger community.”
“I am pleased that the Ontario government can support a local priority that allows the First Nation to benefit from new economic development opportunities to serve the new mine and other businesses in the region,”
“I am pleased that the province of Ontario recognizes the need for a safer road to our community. A new road means a better access to employment and other services for our community members. It will also create some economic opportunities for our people”
Richard Wincikaby, Chief