Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford is set to hold a meeting today with all provincial departments, who deal with the twinning of the Trans-Canada.

"I've called for an all-departments approach. If you have anything to do with this, then you're having to deal with me," said the minister, during a stop in Kenora yesterday.

Rickford will also be looking into what happened to funding for the project. In 2009, $100 million was set aside for the first phase nine years ago.

Neighbouring First Nations involved in the project had also been in talks with the province, before the government changed hands in June. The chief at Shoal Lake 40 has said the completion of Freedom Road was a condition for their approval for the twinning of the Trans-Canada. The road will connect the island with the mainland, and it is not yet complete.

Kenora MP Bob Nault said last week he was hoping to see construction on the project next spring.

Before the June election, MTO staff said they were still working on obtaining environmental clearances and completing consultations with FNs and Métis communities, in order to identify and mitigate any potential adverse impacts, as a result of the project. 

In his comments yesterday in Kenora, Rickford said the project had 'overwhelming support' from Indigenous communities.

MTO staff added the majority of design and engineering work has been completed on the first 15 km section from the Manitoba border to the Rush Bay weigh scales. However, the ministry continues to work towards completing necessary route planning work to identify a four-lane corridor on the remaining 25 kilometres between Rush Bay Road and Kenora.

For more information:

Rickford announces $1 million grant

Twinning may start this spring, Nault




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