Remote Ontario areas to get road funding

OTTAWA — Northern Ontario’s “unincorporated” areas will receive $5,742,000 in federal gas tax funding for public road improvements, the federal and provincial government announced.

Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure says Ottawa will transfer $3.1 million to the northeast region of Ontario and over $2.6 million to the northwest for Local Roads Boards’ projects.

“Unincorporated” areas are parts of the province without municipal organization. They tend to be huge areas of land that have very few people.
In order to reach the greatest number of residents in unincorporated areas, the funding is allocated based on the kilometres of public roads managed by the Local Roads Boards, and will help to address local infrastructure priorities.

In total, 196 unincorporated areas will benefit. Eligible projects include culvert replacements, brushing and clearing, ditching, road realignments, resurfacing, safety improvements and other improvements.

“Canada’s New Government is committed to helping communities in Ontario’s unincorporated areas meet their infrastructure priorities,” said Cannon. “This funding will be invested in public roads in rural and remote areas in Ontario that are so critical to life in these areas.”

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