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Creating Jobs and Improving Highway Infrastructure in Northern Ontario

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Creating Jobs and Improving Highway Infrastructure in Northern Ontario

Ministry of Infrastructure

Infrastructure investment stimulates economic growth, creates jobs, supports stronger communities and enhances the overall prosperity of Ontarians.

The governments of Canada and Ontario will consider improvements to Highway 69 in Northern Ontario as a priority for infrastructure funding under the Building Canada Fund.

The project involves construction of nine kilometres of four-lane highway (six kilometres on new alignment and three kilometres of twinning existing two-lane highway) from Highway 637 northerly to Estaire. Work on this project includes construction of an interchange at Highway 637, an overhead wildlife crossing structure, two joint use culverts (for wildlife and forest management) and a structural culvert. The project's total estimated cost is $128 million and will create or sustain up to 1000 direct and indirect jobs.

The governments of Canada and Ontario will each set aside up to 50 per cent of total eligible costs, to a maximum contribution of $64 million, approval, to be funded under the Building Canada Fund Major Infrastructure Component. Federal financial support for the Highway 69 project is conditional on the negotiation of a contribution agreement, as well as the project meeting all other applicable federal eligibility requirements under the Building Canada Plan.

Media Contacts

  • Chris Day

    Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister

    613-991-0700

  • Office of the Honourable Rick Bartolucci

    705-675-1915

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