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Northwestern Ontario (the Northwest) consists of the districts of Kenora, Rainy River, and Thunder Bay, which is roughly the area north of Lake Superior stretching from the Wawa area in the east and the Manitoba border in the west. The region accounts for approximately 60 per cent of the land area in the province and approximately two per cent of Ontario’s total population. Roughly half of the population in the Northwest resides in the city of Thunder Bay and the remaining population resides in smaller communities across the region.This region is divided into Greenstone-Marathon, North of Dryden, West of Thunder Bay and Thunder Bay sub-regions.Draft Remote Community Connection Plan was released in August 2012 to the Northwest Ontario First Nations Transmission Planning Committee, which recommended connection of up to 21 communities. Engagement of the communities has continued and an updated draft Remote Community Connection Plan was published in August 2014.
The first cycle of regional planning cycle for this region was completed with the publication of the Regional Infrastructure Plan (RIP) in June 2017. The second cycle of regional planning was initiated in March 2020.
Draft Remote Community Connection Plan released August 2012 to the Northwest Ontario First Nations Transmission Planning Committee
Recommends connection of up to 21 communities
Engagement of the communities has continued and an updated draft Remote Community Connection Plan in August 2014
*The completed reports are available below.