Chamber has long advocated for development of mining project and construction of all-season road

(Greater Sudbury, August 22, 2017) The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce is applauding the announcement of an all-season road connecting provincial highways to the Ring of Fire mining development. The road will connect the Nibinamik First Nation, Webequie, and the Ring of Fire to provincial roads at Pickle Lake.

The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce has long advocated for the development of the Ring of Fire and a transportation corridor. The chamber has called for the development of this $60 billion mining deposit, citing the opportunity for economic growth in Greater Sudbury, Northern Ontario, and all of Canada.

“The announcement is a significant step forward in the development of the Ring of Fire,” said Michael Macnamara, Chair of the Board, Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce. “The Ring of Fire has been a priority for the Greater Sudbury business community and the chamber for many years and we are pleased to see this progress.”

In May 2017, while speaking at a Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce event, Premier Wynne committed to progress on the Ring of Fire “within weeks, not months”. The chamber has also hosted Dr. Christine Kaszycki, the head of the Ring of Fire Secretariat, Alan Coutts, President and CEO of Noront Resources Ltd, Minister of Northern Development and Mines the Honourable Michael Gravelle, the Honourable Frank Iacobucci and Mr. Bob Rae, among many others.

The chamber’s advocacy for the Ring of Fire included a task force of dedicated volunteers who have worked for the past three years to ensure that the Ring of Fire remains a local, provincial, and national priority.

“This announcement is a major win for both the Greater Sudbury business community and the chamber,” said Tracy Nutt, Co-chair of the Ring of Fire Task Force, Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce. “The Ring of Fire has the potential to bring much needed economic growth to our community. Our dedicated task force volunteers should be very proud of the work they’ve done.”

Environmental assessments for the all-season road are scheduled to begin by January 2018 and construction is scheduled to begin in 2019, pending necessary approvals.

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For more information, please contact:
Bryan Heystee
Policy and Communications Manager
Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce
705-673-7133 ext. 224
705-677-5735 (cell)
[email protected]sudburychamber.ca
www.sudburychamber.ca

The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that represents 850 businesses and through the participation of its member volunteers on committees and task forces, it works ‘as the Voice of Business’ to influence federal, provincial and local legislation affecting business.