By Alan Coutts, President & CEO
The permitting and construction of all-season roads and associated infrastructure into the Ring of Fire is the key enabler to the development of this emerging mineral district and for remote First Nation communities in the region.
A unique opportunity exists, coming out of COVID-19, to invest provincial and federal funds in much needed infrastructure that will boost the nation’s economy, develop a world-class mining district and bring much-needed roads to remote “at risk” communities, ensuring all-season access, food security, access to adequate health care and participation in the development of a sustainable, prosperous future.
There are 6 Environmental Assessments (EA’s) currently in progress or in the process of being initiated in the region. Several of the EAs include federal impact assessments (IA’s) as well.
The EAs are:
- Noront Proponent – Eagle’s Nest
- Marten Falls Proponent – Marten Falls First Nation Community Access Road
- Webequie Proponent – Webequie First Nation Supply Road
- Aroland Proponent (Planned) – Forestry Road Upgrade
- Marten Falls/Webequie Proponent – Northern Road Link
- Federal Government Proponent – Ring of Fire Regional Assessment
We are working with key First Nations, and provincial and federal governments to coordinate the EA processes, consolidating work into a “One Project” approach. Next steps are to establish the scope of the Northern Road Link and of the federal Regional Assessment, bringing us closer to the reality of an all-season road network in the region.