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Connecting the North

The Government of Ontario released Connecting the North: A Draft Transportation Plan for Northern Ontario. The 40-page plan aims to build a better connected and more efficient transportation network for Northern Ontario. The plan includes more than 60 transportation improvements that the province hopes will:

  • Get people moving and connect communities;
  • Enable economic opportunities;
  • Keep people safe and provide reliable transportation options;
  • Prepare for the future;
  • Maintain a sustainable transportation system; and
  • Provide reliable travel options for remote and Far North communities.
Northern Ontario faces unique transportation challenges. This plan begins the process of identifying solutions. OGRA members will certainly be looking to address the longstanding need to improve winter maintenance on northern highways.

“Any effort to improve winter maintenance standards in Northern Ontario is a step in the right direction” said OGRA President Rick Harms.

“As we begin to move into the post-COVID-19 world, it is important to think about the investments in safety both from a capital and operational perspective. We hope that this plan is the start of serious investments in Northern Ontario” said OGRA Executive Director Scott Butler.

The Ontario Good Roads Association is working to collaborate with the Ministry of Transportation to present this plan and answer questions at the 2021 OGRA Conference. The full plan can be found here: To register for the 2021 OGRA Conference, please visit

The Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) was founded in 1894. Based out of Oakville, Ontario, OGRA is governed by 15 board members with 17 staff supporting its membership. The mandate of the Ontario Good Roads Association is to advance the infrastructure and transportation interests of its members through training, advocacy and services. OGRA currently has more than 650 members, which includes corporations, municipalities, and First Nations. For more information visit

For more information please contact:

Rachel Swiednicki
Manager, Communications and Marketing | Ontario Good Roads Association
1525 Cornwall Road, Unit 22. Oakville, ON L6J0B2

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The Ontario Good Roads Association advances the infrastructure and transportation interests of our members through training, advocacy and services.