$15 million will be used for infrastructure projects in Northern Ontario

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Noirth Bay –

The Ford government is spending $15 million a year over five years to support infrastructure projects in Northern Ontario.

It has launched a new Northern Ontario Resource Development Support Fund that will share the benefits of mining and forestry with municipalities and complement existing funding for building infrastructure.

“Our government is delivering on its commitment to share the benefits of resource development with northern municipalities,” said Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry Minister Greg Rickford.

“Northern communities face unique realities, as do the industries and sectors that drive our northern economy.

All municipalities in Northern Ontario will be eligible to receive the money, and for the first year, it will be distributed by the end of March next year.

Funding will target infrastructure needs that have been impacted by resource extraction.

“We assume a certain degree of wear and tear on their infrastructure. When I say infrastructure, I mean roads,” said Rickford

In the City of Temiskaming Shores, the funding will be used to repair a major bridge.

“In the case of Temiskaming Shores, we have a road that provides access to the gravel pits in the Township of Firstbrook where we just had an emergency bridge repair,” said the president and councilor of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities, Danny Whalen.

“Our allocation in that $15 million is $225,000 a year. This will help communities deal with their impacted road networks.

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