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Georgina Island fixed link project update – York Region

November 15, 2023

Community adhering to Impact Assessment Agency of Canada process to assess potential impacts on Lake Simcoe: Chief Donna Big Canoe

A safe passage from Georgina Island to the mainland is not a new idea, but has been on the minds of Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation (GIFN) leadership for generations.

“Our aging ferry system and unreliable ice roads during winter pose immense risks to our community’s safety and well-being,” said Donna Big Canoe, Chief of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation.

During the spring, summer and autumn, Georgina Island is accessible by the Aazhaawe Ferry, which isn’t used in the winter when people have to rely on airboats or ice road. GIFN is proposing the construction of the Georgina Island Fixed Link (GIFL), a combination of bridge and causeway. The fixed link would give GIFN a safe connection between Georgina Island and the mainland.

“The present-day transportation challenges have deeply affected every community member, be it losing loved ones during dangerous winter crossings or facing the anxiety of inaccessible emergency services. Our community wants, needs and deserves to have safer, more reliable transportation,” Big Canoe said.

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