New Deal for Northern Ontario

A New Deal … A Brighter Future for Northern Ontario

The New Deal for Northern Ontario will revitalize the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC) while creating significant economic opportunities and thousands of new jobs in the province’s North. The plan, which enjoys broad and growing stakeholder support, will preserve transportation services and hundreds of existing jobs, and provide access to the massive Ring of Fire mineral deposits. Ownership of ONTC’s railroad and other assets will be transferred from the provincial government to a new ports authority. 

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News & Media Releases

  • Ports Authority plan gets recognition

    KWG CEO Frank Smeenk pitches transportation plan into the Ring of Fire. Promotes James Bay Lowlands Ports Authority.
  • Rail versus Road study into the ring of fire

    Tetra Tech Trade-Off Study Favours Rail To Ring Of Fire
  • Cliffs threatens again to abandon Ring of Fire project

    The vice president of exploration and development at KWG said he’s angry there are members of provincial parliament pushing so hard on Cliff’s behalf.
  • They Are Legal

    KWG claims are legal claims
  • Restructoring needed Mayor says

  • KWG Resources Inc.: Patent Sought for New Gas Chromite Reduction Method

  • KWG Introduces a Game Changer

  • Sudbury look for support from Premier on Ring of Fire

  • Ring of Fire – This is a complex and complicated project

  • Transportation key to unlocking Ring of Fire: Sudbury mayor

    Specifically, Matichuk wants the government to ensure progress is made in building a transportation corridor linking the Black Thor site in remote northwestern Ontario to existing transportation networks
  • Part 1 CBC Points North

    KWG talks about Ring of Fire and Ports Authority
  • Part 2 CBC Points North

    KWG talks about Ring of Fire and Ports Authority
  • CBC Audio interview with Minister Gravelle on Ring of Fire

  • Province looks to end stalemate in ring of fire.

    The province is looking to end the stalemate over how to build a transportation corridor to the Ring of Fire chromite deposits by establishing a development corporation
  • BNN interview With KWG CEO Frank Smeenk

    Talks about rail being the best option and the creation of the James Bay Lowlands Ports Authority
  • Support Builds for New Deal to Revitalize Ontario Northland, Connect Ring of Fire

    The New Deal for Northern Ontario, an initiative to revitalize the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (ONTC), build a rail link to the Ring of Fire and create thousands of new jobs, has expanded its base of support among key stakeholders. (Dec. 17, 2012)
  • Candidate would review ONTC decision

    The decision to sell off Ontario Northland should be reviewed, but Northern Ontario does not need another level of government to promote economic growth ... (Sudbury Star, Nov. 23, 2012)
  • Support for Ontario Northland employees over 1000 letters strong

    Representatives from the General Chairperson’s Association (GCA) which represents all unionized employees at Ontario Northland (ONTC) will be delivering nearly a 1000 signed ... (, Nov. 22, 2012)
  • KWG throws wrench into Ring of Fire

    Now KWG has launched what amounts to a nuclear strike that can change the whole Ring of Fire situation. It has patented a chromite refining process that relies on natural gas instead of electricity. KWG will not be held to ransom by Ontario's obscene hydro electric rates. In the past KWG has indicated it is more interested in rail transportation than road.
  • 18 Northern Municipalities Pass Resolutions Supporting FONOM's Campaign to Protect Ontario Northland

    On September 28, 2012, the last Ontario Northland train left Toronto's Union Station. In the weeks since, 18 municipalities ... (The Algoma News, Nov. 21, 2012)
  • 'Pause' ONTC divestment: Murray

    Big city Liberal politician Glen Murray said Northern Ontario is the key to the province's future and should be run by a regional authority. ... (North Bay Nugget, Nov. 19, 2012)
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