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Northern Highway Improvements Around The Corner

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Northern Highway Improvements Around The Corner

McGuinty Government Invests In Highway Upgrade, Creating Up To 700 Jobs

Office of the Premier

Ontario is creating jobs and strengthening Northwestern Ontario's economy by improving the Trans-Canada Highway near the Manitoba-Ontario border.

The Province of Ontario and Government of Canada are upgrading a 10-kilometre stretch of the highway. The highway will be expanded from two to four lanes, improving traffic flow and trade. About 4,000 vehicles use this section of Highway 17 each day, and traffic nearly doubles in the summer months.

The $100-million project is scheduled to begin in 2010, pending environmental assessment, and will create up to 700 direct and indirect jobs. The costs of the project will be split equally between Ontario and the federal government with each contributing $50 million.

A route planning and design study is also underway to expand an additional 30 kilometres of highway between the Manitoba-Ontario border and Kenora.

Quick Facts

  • Highway 17 is the only route between Kenora and the Manitoba-Ontario border.
  • Tourism in Northern Ontario contributes about $1.2 billion in GDP to the provincial economy and supports 19,600 jobs.
  • Ontario’s 2009 budget provided $32.5 billion for infrastructure investments over the next two years, including $3.75 billion for highways.
  • Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed more than $2.5 billion for provincial highways, roads and bridges in Northern Ontario.

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“Improving Highway 17 will create jobs, ease traffic and make travelling quicker and safer for Northern families, tourists and businesses.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“Northern Ontario’s highway network is a critical economic lifeline for the families and businesses in the North. This highway expansion will create jobs and make travel safer.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines



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