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Forest access road. April 24, 2015. Supplied by Ontario government

Forest access roads to get an extra $6 million

By Randy Thoms May 2, 2024 | 4:21 PM

There is more money for the construction and maintenance of forest access roads.

The provincial government is providing an extra six million dollars, bringing the existing fund to over $59 million.

The roads are widely used by forestry and mining companies but also by tourism operators, hunters and anglers, campers, and berry pickers.

“Many people rely on this road network every day for travel between work and home and everywhere in between,” says Graydon Smith, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

“This investment will keep people and vehicles moving safely, support efficient business operations and build safer, stronger communities.”

There are over 19,500 km of public forest access roads across the province.

Many provide important links to remote communities.

“As part of our commitment to improving quality of life in Northern and First Nations communities, our government is proud to deliver targeted supports that lead to a stronger, more connected road network,” says Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Minister of Indigenous Affairs.

“We understand the unique challenges that forestry partners face as part of their operations in the North, and we are pleased to deliver a solution that is beneficial to northern and Indigenous communities alike.”

The President of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association, Wendy Landry, welcomes the funding news.

She says it will support the forestry sector, enhance emergency response, boost tourism and improve access to northern and Indigenous communities.