Report calls for Ring of Fire action


The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and its provincial affiliate are calling on the provincial and federal governments to provide what Quebec has and Ontario does not — access to its Far North.
The business agencies called a lack of transportation infrastructure in Ontario’s Ring of Fire mining belt “a significant barrier to development” that threatens to cause the province to miss out on more than $25 billion in anticipated economic development over the next 30 years.
A joint report by the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce says benefits from opening up the Ring of Fire go well beyond Northwestern Ontario and one of its main industry sectors.
“Our study makes it clear that the short- and long-term economic impacts of the Ring of Fire extend far beyond mining,” Ontario Chamber of Commerce president Allan O’Dette said Thursday in a joint news release.
“It’s time to broaden the Ring of Fire conversation to include all of Ontario, not just the Far North.”

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