Dedicated Transportation Plan will connect the North, while supporting economic development and job creation


This morning, Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and MPP for Nipissing, and Ross Romano, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and MPP for Sault Ste. Marie released its Draft Transportation Plan for Northern Ontario

Delivering on its commitment to build a better transportation network for the Region, the plan outlines more than 60 actions to expand highways and transit services, create Northern economic opportunities, keep people safe and provide reliable travel options for remote and First Nation communities.

“Northern Ontario has unique transportation needs and this draft plan will make real improvements to transportation in the region,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation.

“Our plan will help create a well-connected transportation network for the North to make it easier for people to get to critical services like health care, while supporting more well-paid jobs through investments in infrastructure.”

The plan includes improvements to rest areas, expanding bus service and moving forward with highway widening projects on key corridors in the region, such as Highway 11/17.

It also includes actions to make further progress on our plan for passenger rail service in the North.

“Our government is proud to deliver a tailored transportation plan that recognizes the unique needs of our vast region to support Northern families, Indigenous communities and businesses,” said Minister Rickford. “This is part of our government’s plan to promote economic recovery across the North and build a modern, connected transportation network that brings opportunities to the hardworking people of Northern Ontario.”

“Northern Ontario has long been awaiting improvements to create a more interconnected, modern transportation system that meets the unique needs of our communities,” said Minister Fedeli. “Our government’s 21st-century vision for a Northern transportation network includes a plan for providing passenger rail to get people where they need to go, bolster the economic recovery of the whole region, and create new and exciting jobs for workers and families.”

“Our transportation plan for Northern Ontario will make life easier for individuals, families and businesses in communities across the North,” said Minister Romano. “This plan will help create a reliable and modern transportation network to connect people to jobs, services and tourism destinations in Northern Ontario.”

The province will work closely with the federal government, municipalities, Indigenous communities and organizations, transportation agencies and local businesses to gather input and feedback on the plan.

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Colette Linden is a graduate of the three-year Broadcast Journalism and Communications Media program from Mohawk College before heading to McMaster University to obtain her degree in Public Relations. In addition, Colette has a certificate in Writing for Publication and a certificate of Competency in the French Language, . A recent resident of Sault Ste Marie, this Hamilton native gained experience working at TSN, the Ontario Medical Association and spent 14-years with the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) as the Communications Manager. A Mother of two amazing boys, Connor & Dante, Colette is a die-hard sports fan with a passion for government affairs and hopes to one day represent this City on Council. Focusing on Politics, Indigenous Affairs and Local News, Colette also reports the latest in Sports both locally and professionally. Colette joined the Superior Media Team in September of 2019 and is thankful to finish out her career with such a family-oriented and community-oriented team.