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Highway Investments Benefit Northern Ontario

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Highway Investments Benefit Northern Ontario

McGuinty Government Improving Infrastructure Creating 4000 Jobs In The North

Ontario continues to expand and improve highways throughout        
Northern Ontario, making travel safer and more efficient for residents, visitors and industry, and creating more than 4,000 jobs.

The Northern Highways Program will include new passing lanes, signage and lighting improvements, as well as rehabilitation projects for roads, highways and bridges. Some key projects will include the expansion of:

  • Highway 11-17 east of Thunder Bay
  • Highway 11 south of North Bay
  • Highway 69 south of Sudbury

Improving Northern Ontario's transportation infrastructure is part of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

Investing in Ontario's roads, highways, transit, hospitals and schools is part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow local economies and ensure the province remains strong and competitive for years to come.

Quick Facts

  • Northern Ontario has almost 11,000 kilometres of highway, about 60 per cent of the entire provincial highway network. Northern Ontario has almost 11,000 kilometres of highway, about 60 per cent of the entire provincial highway network.
  • More than $618 million will be invested in northern highway rehabilitation and expansion, including expansion and safety initiative projects and rehabilitation projects, including additional funding for bridges.
  • Since 2003, the Ontario government has invested more than $3.9 billion in northern highway infrastructure improving 2,606 kilometres of highway and 168 bridges, and constructing 308 kilometres of new four lane highway along with 98 new bridges.
  • In June, Ontario had an increase of more than 40,000 jobs and the unemployment rate declined to 7.7 per cent.

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“Improvements to roads and bridges throughout the Sault Ste. Marie region since 2003, including the completion of Highway 17 four-laning east of the City, have been of great benefit to residents, industry and visitors.”

David Orazietti

MPP for Sault Ste. Marie

“Our Northern Highways Program helps spur economic development and improve safety and the quality of life for northerners.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry

“Our government puts a high priority on the expansion and improvement of northern highways. We know that investments in highway infrastructure are important for creating jobs and fostering prosperity throughout Northern Ontario.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Transportation

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