Hike funding

FedNor injects funds into Northeastern Ontario to help communities improve their quality of life

The federal government says it is stepping up its efforts to help northern Ontario municipalities now that the country is on the road to recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

The Mattagami Region Conservation Authority (MRCA) is one of 29 organizations to receive $10.9 million in funding. He will receive over $259,000 to spend on his trail system.

The MRCA maintains 55 kilometers of trails spread throughout the city and in conservation areas, but it receives little funding. Officials said the money would allow them to hire four employees this summer to clear bushes along the trails, repair some culverts and apply new trail cover in some areas.

Considerable increase in use

“What we’ve seen over the past two years is a huge increase in trail use and park use,” said David Vallier, chief executive of the Conservation Authority. of the Mattagami region.

“We have tried to improve and make sure he is without liability. We have trail counters on most of our trails so we at the MRCA know how many people are using our trail system… Gillies Lake here in the summer we average between 15,000 and 20,000 people a month.

A total of nine beneficiaries from northeastern Ontario were on the beneficiary list, which also included Cochrane, Kirkland Lake, Englehart, Wagoshig First Nation and Moosonee.