The Ontario government is providing $2 million through the Northern Ontario Resource Development Support (NORDS) Fund to the City of Greater Sudbury to improve local road infrastructure.

The municipality is receiving $400,000 annually, over five years, and this year’s funding is being used for the Maley Drive and Frood Road Roundabout enhancement project. The new four-lane roundabout will deliver benefits to residents, businesses and industry. Once the project is completed, the roundabout will reroute heavy mining trucks and ease congestion along the Maley Drive and Lasalle Boulevard corridor.

“Thank you to the Ontario government for this funding through the Northern Ontario Resource Development Support Fund,” said Brian Bigger, Mayor, City of Greater Sudbury. “This investment will support the work we are undertaking in infrastructure upgrades, as we position our community for post-pandemic recovery.”

“Strengthening northern communities and investing in local infrastructure is a key priority for our government,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. “That’s why we delivered on our commitment to share the benefits of resource development with northern municipalities. Programs such as NORDS are vital to stimulating economic growth – creating opportunities for businesses to thrive and create good jobs.”

The NORDS Fund is providing $15 million annually, over five years, to northern municipalities to support local infrastructure projects. The NORDS Fund shares the benefits of mining and forestry with municipalities so they can fund infrastructure projects, including bridge replacement and road rehabilitation projects, and complements existing funding streams for building infrastructure.

“Supporting Ontario’s small, rural and northern municipalities is one of our government’s top priorities,” said Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure. “This year, our government took action to provide the largest increase through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) by providing municipalities with an additional $1 billion over five years. Together, through programs like OCIF and NORDS and investments in local infrastructure, we are getting shovels in the ground and building a stronger Ontario.”

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