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A Strategic Transportation Link to Ontario’s Ring of Fire

Originally published in Top 10 Projects

March 1, 2022

Roughly 500-kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, or about 1,000-kilometres north of Toronto, lies Canada’s largest known source of untapped mineral wealth. Rich in chromite, copper, nickel, gold and zinc, Ontario’s “Ring of Fire” stretches across an area larger than 5,000 square kilometres. Deposits of palladium, platinum and vanadium are also present. These materials are critical inputs to just about every facet of our modern lifestyle, from the stainless steel in our cars to the electronics of our smartphones.

This ecologically sensitive land traverses the traditional territory of several Indigenous communities and should only be accessed in true partnership, consultation and shared prosperity. A key challenge for all involved is the area’s remoteness to existing transportation infrastructure.

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