Daily Commercial News - Construction industry stakeholders are calling Premier Kathleen Wynne’s most recent Ring of Fire road access announcement a “game changer” for development in northern Ontario.
"I think it's a huge win for northern Ontario as a whole," said Adam Pinder, executive director of the Sault Ste. Marie Construction Association.
"That level of development will certainly impact construction companies either directly or indirectly across the north. A road of that size, an investment of that size, just to get the project underway is a big deal, let alone the potential of the actual Ring of Fire area. We're happy to hear it and look forward to what the future holds."
Wynne was joined by Michael Gravelle, minister of northern development and mines, in Thunder Bay Aug. 21 to announce agreements are in place with First Nation communities in northern Ontario to begin constructing an all-season access road to the mineral-rich region.
The Ring of Fire is an emerging mining district in the James Bay Lowlands region located about 500 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay.