Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford is supporting a review of the province's Far North Act. The goal is to reduce red tape on projects, including the Ring of Fire, all-season roads and transmission lines according to Natural Resources Minister John Yakabuski.
The MPP for Kenora-Rainy River is inviting the public, Indigenous representatives, business and other stakeholders across northwestern Ontario to have their say.
“Our government’s goal is to encourage economic growth and development that will support jobs and communities in Ontario’s Far North,” he said.
As the next step of the review, the government is seeking input on a proposal to:
- repeal the Far North Act,
- amend the Public Lands Act to continue approved community-based land use plans and,
- for a time-limited period, enable completion of the planning process for communities that are at an advanced planning stage.
“We have heard time and again that the Act limits development in the Far North of Ontario, where there is so much potential for economic growth and prosperity,” said John Yakabuski, the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “That’s why we are moving quickly with the intention of building a path forward that supports business certainty, while continuing to work closely with First Nations communities at an advanced stage of planning.”
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