Northern Ontario Winter Roads

Winter roads in the province’s Far North connect 31 remote First Nation communities to a permanent highway or railway system. From around mid-January until spring thaw (usually late March), these roads make it easier and less costly for people to travel and bring in supplies.

In, 2017-18 the province is investing $5.8 million to build and maintain the roads. The 2017-18 Winter Roads Program will see 30 First Nations organizations and the Town of Moosonee construct and operate a 3,160-kilometre winter road system.

Major benefits of winter roads include:

  • Reduced cost of consumer goods, fuel and construction materials in the remote communities (truck vs. air)
  • Economical access, on a seasonal basis, for families to primary health care and other services
  • Job creation and training opportunities for First Nation members involved in delivering the program
  • Enhanced seasonal access to remote areas of the province, thus helping remote communities promote their economies (access to mineral and forestry resources)


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