Marten Falls First Nation (MFFN) requires year-round road access to its community. MFFN has a winter access road, but its condition varies making transportation of goods and people to and from the community unreliable; ultimately affecting the community’s well-being. To address the problem of unreliable access, MFFN has started a provincial community-led Environmental Assessment (EA) and federal Impact Assessment (IA) for an all-season access road to the community. MFFN—as the Proponent of the Project—has formed a Project Team that includes MFFN community members and acts with guidance, direction and input from the MFFN Chief and Council, MFFN Community Member Advisors and MFFN community membership.

Imagining Community Access

The Community Access Road is currently at the conceptual stage—planning is ongoing. The proposed access road will be multipurpose in use to support both community needs and current and future industry. The access road is anticipated to include the following features:

  • Between 190 km to 230 km of an all season, two-lane gravel road;
  • Bridges for river and stream crossings;
  • Culverts—engineered ditches—for water flow connections and to balance water levels;
  • Areas to obtain construction materials like quarries, borrow areas and aggregate sources; and
  • Temporary construction access roads, work areas and camps.

Read our general fact sheet for more information.

Why is a Community Access Road needed?

The proposed all-season road will connect the community to Ontario’s provincial highway network in the south, providing year-round access to this remote First Nations community and helping foster economic development and improved quality of life for community members.

Better access will allow:

  • Reduced transportation costs for goods and services; meaning more affordable food, fuel and other vital supplies and services;
  • Enhanced access to emergency, health and social services;
  • Increased opportunity for training and jobs for First Nation people and businesses during planning and construction; and
  • Increased opportunity for local sustainable economic development.

Marten Falls First Nation has already signed a voluntary agreement with the Province of Ontario to complete the Individual EA for the proposed Community Access Road and is also subject to the federal IA process. Both the provincial EA and federal IA are being coordinated together. Learn about the provincial and federal processes. The EA process will determine the preferred route for the access road and identify benefits, potential effects and impact management measures to be considered throughout the Project.

The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks approved the Terms of Reference on October 8, 2021 with amendments. MFFN issued the Notice of Commencement of Environmental Assessment on October 29, 2021.


Why is a Community Access Road needed?

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