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New agreement looks to accelerate road, infrastructure projects in Ring of Fire area

March 13, 2024  By Rock to Road Staff

The Ring of Fire covers an area of about 5,000 square kilometres, much of it wetlands, and is one of the most promising development opportunities for critical minerals in the province.

TORONTO – The Government of Ontario, Marten Falls First Nation and Webequie First Nation have signed an agreement for the further development of community infrastructure projects, including all-seasons roads, in the Ring of Fire area.

The Community Development Agreement was signed by all three parties during a ceremony at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention last week in Toronto.

The agreement involves a commitment from the province to shovel-ready infrastructure projects in the area, including the construction of health and training facilities, recreation centres, commercial buildings and labour force development projects.

The purpose of these projects is to prepare the local community for participation in major road projects connecting the Ring of Fire and its critical mineral deposits with Southern Ontario’s manufacturing hubs. To further this, the agreement commits all three parties to a collaborative relationship in the construction, ownership and operation of this road network.


“As we move forward to now and begin to consider road construction and operations, our commitment remains to be strong stewards of our lands and our environment, in balance with being active partners in growing economic opportunities and benefits for both our communities and other First Nation communities,” said Marten Falls First Nation Chief Bruce Achneepineskum.

The Marten Falls and Webequie First Nations are currently leading three environmental assessments for the roads that would comprise the corridor between the Ring of Fire and the targeted economic hubs south of the area. All parties agree that this collaborative agreement should accelerate project timelines and prepare local communities for participation in these economic development opportunities.

“Being at the table in the planning and implementation of road development is key to building a foundation for our future, a future that reflects our community vision, well-being and prosperity,” said Webequie First Nation Chief Cornelius Wabasse.

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