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Canada and Ontario invest in a new by-pass road in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek

July 21, 2020  By Rock to Road

The governments of Canada and Ontario recognize the different ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted smaller and rural communities across the province. Both governments are making strategic investments in infrastructure to meet the specific needs of rural and northern Ontario municipalities and First Nation communities to help them strengthen their local economies.

Today, Marc G. Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Canada’s Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development; and Dave Smith, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Indigenous Affairs and Member of Provincial Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and Chief, Gimaa Craig Nootchtai, announced funding for a new by-pass road in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.

This project will see the construction of approximately five kilometres for a new by-pass road, which will include gravel and asphalt components.

The new by-pass will offer an alternative travel route that is safer and allows residents to better access the community. It will also improve road access and foster economic development.


The Government of Canada is investing over $3.6 million in this project through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Ontario is also contributing nearly $900,000 for this important infrastructure project, while Atikameksheng Anishnawbek will invest more than $327,490.

The governments of Canada and Ontario are working in collaboration with their partners to support jobs, improve communities and build confidence as we safely and sustainably restore economic growth.

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