- Terms of Reference, Northern Road Link Environmental Assessment
The Ontario government has approved the Terms of Reference designed and submitted by Webequie First Nation and Marten Falls First Nation for an all-season multi-use road connecting to the proposed Ring of Fire mining development area.
The Terms of Reference is the first step in the environmental assessment process. The environmental assessment promotes good environmental planning before decisions are made about proceeding.
The Northern Road Link will connect First Nations communities to the Ontario highway network and the critical minerals deposits in the Ring of Fire that will help secure a supply chain for electric vehicle manufacturing in Ontario.
Ontario has dedicated close to $1 billion to support critical legacy infrastructure in the Ring of Fire area including constructing an all-season road network, investing in high-speed internet, road upgrades and community supports.
The Ring of Fire has the critical minerals we need to build our manufacturing supply chain including nickel for electric vehicles and chromite for clean steal.
Our government’s investments in innovation and infrastructure are creating jobs across the entire province, including northern and Indigenous communities.
- Critical Minerals Fund
We are supporting the critical minerals sector by funding research, development and commercialization projects to stimulate investments in Ontario’s critical minerals supply chain and protect the province’s economic interests.
This fund will strengthen Ontario’s position as a global leader in supplying critical minerals to grow the economy, create good paying jobs and connect resources for future clean technology such as electric and hybrid vehicles.
The goals of the fund are to help increase exploration, development, mining, production, and processing of critical minerals within Ontario, and to enhance collaboration between industry, academia, start-ups, and research and development firms.
Terms of Reference for the Northern Road Link EA and Building a Made-in-Ontario Supply Chain for Innovative Technologies