Northern Ontario winter roads
Learn about Northern Ontario winter roads and how they connect the Far North to the rest of the province.
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About winter roads
Winter roads are built over land, frozen rivers and lakes by remote communities and First Nation members. The roads connect remote and First Nation communities in the Far North to a permanent highway or railway system.
From around mid-January until spring thaw, winter roads make it easier to travel and bring in supplies.
Benefits of winter roads
- allow essential goods and services such as food, medical and construction supplies to reach northern communities more easily during the deep freeze months
- lower the cost of transporting consumer goods, fuel and construction materials to remote communities
- improve access to primary health care and other services
- create jobs and training opportunities for First Nation members involved in road building and maintenance
- improve access to minerals and other resources which helps create jobs and grow the economy in remote communities
What we do
We provide funding annually through our Winter Roads Program to remote and First Nation communities.
Winter roads contact information for 2021-2022
|Animakee Wa Zhing #37|
|Town of Moosonee|
|North Caribou Lake|
|North Spirit Lake|
|Northwest Angle #33|
Hours of service exemption for commercial drivers
Commercial vehicle drivers have maximum driving times and minimum off-duty times. These rules are set out in the Hours of Service regulation under the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8. This regulation applies on winter roads.
Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR) certificate holders can apply for an exemption to the hours of service regulations if they have deliveries that are affected by winter road conditions.
To apply for an exemption, email firstname.lastname@example.org and include all the following:
- carrier name
- CVOR number
- whether the request is for a specific type of vehicle, or geographic location that makes your carrier unique
- the exemption duration, including the start and end date
- alternatives that you have considered and the reasons why they are not viable
- any impacts you may experience if we deny the exemption