Better Roads Ahead For Batchewana First Nation

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The Government of Canada and First Nations communities are working in partnership to improve transportation infrastructure, while improving quality of life and positioning their communities for growth.

Today, Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development, and Batchewana First Nation Chief Dean Sayers, announced funding road improvements in the Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways.

“Better transportation infrastructure helps ensure people and goods move efficiently. This important project for the Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways will improve road safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists and ensure better access to Sault Ste. Marie.” said, Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Rural Economic Development

The project will reconstruct 2.5 kilometres of roadway, improve intersections, and replace culverts. This roadwork will enhance safety and road conditions for all users including drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. It will also improve road access to Sault Ste. Marie, which will continue to support economic development.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.7 million through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Ontario is contributing more than $438,000 and the Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways is providing more than $1.4 million towards this project.

“Our First Nation has invested significant resources to improve the roadways, intersections and culverts throughout our communities and we are thrilled to have the Government of Canada recognize the value in this investment and contribute to the project. Our people will experience safer travels and improved access to essential services, in turn improving their overall quality of life.” said, Dean Sayers, Chief of Batchewana First Nation, Ontario