Backgrounder: Canada and Ontario invest in roads and an airport runway for rural communities in Northern Ontario


Backgrounder: Canada and Ontario invest in roads and an airport runway for rural communities in Northern Ontario

Joint federal, provincial, municipal and First Nations funding through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan will support six road projects and one airport runway project in Northern Ontario. These investments will strengthen connections between rural communities and support economic growth.

The Government of Canada is investing over $12.7 million in these projects through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream. The Government of Ontario is contributing more than $5.5 million, municipalities are contributing over $1.7 million towards the projects, while First Nations communities are contributing $443,979.

Project Information:

Project Name


Project Details

Federal Funding

Provincial Funding

Municipal/First Nation

Rehabilitation of the Manitouwadge Airport Runway


The rehabilitation of a portion of the Manitouwadge airport runway, apron and taxiway, which includes resurfacing the asphalt and new airway traffic symbols and safety markings. The project will improve safety, reduce service interruptions and offer a more reliable service to passengers.




Pic River Roads Rehabilitation

Biigtigong Nishnaabeg

The rehabilitation and widening a major road will include repaving, upgraded drainage, a culvert replacement, improved pathways and a new area for school buses to pullover. These upgrades will improve the safety of motorists and pedestrians.




Gull Bay Roads Rehabilitation

Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (Gull Bay First Nation)

The reconstruction of a portion of roads on reserve will include improvements to the main highway entrance, resurfacing, grading, widening and other safety modifications. This will ensure the safety and security of motorists and pedestrians, and extend the lifespan of the roads.




Pickle Lake Road Reconstruction

Pickle Lake

The reconstruction, regrading, widening and expansion of a road will connect it to Highway 599. Other works will include ditching and drainage improvements with the installation of seven culverts. These upgrades will improve road safety, better the flow of traffic and provide a secondary access point for emergency responses. Wider, paved shoulders will also encourage safer active transportation.




Rehabilitation of the Access Road to Three First Nation Communities

Naotkamegwanning First Nation

Upgrades to the access road between Highway 71 and the First Nation communities of Naotkamegwanning, Animakee Wa Zhing #37 and Northwest Angle #33, will improve the road surfaces, drainage and signage. Overall, the project will improve the reliability and safety of the road and contribute to better the overall road network.




Reconstruction of Mill Road

Terrace Bay

The reconstruction of Mill Road, which includes asphalt resurfacing, widened lanes, widened asphalt shoulders and improved drainage, will enhance the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.




Rehabilitation of Priority Roadways in the Municipality of Red Lake

Red Lake

The rehabilitation of existing roads and sidewalks as well as adding new sidewalks will improve the reliability and safety of the road for drivers, support more active transportation and extend the lifespan of the roads.




*The federal and provincial governments are each contributing the maximum share of eligible costs for  municipal projects, which are 60% and 33.33% respectively for communities with populations under 5,000, consistent with the requirements of the Canada-Ontario Integrated Bilateral Agreement. The federal government is also providing the maximum share of eligible costs for First Nations projects, which is 75%. Contributions from municipalities and First Nations may include both eligible and ineligible costs. Ineligible costs are expenditures that municipalities or First Nations have chosen not to request reimbursement for or that cannot be reimbursed (e.g., property purchases, overhead costs).

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