John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, was joined by Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and MPP for Nipissing, to announce a $6 million investment to replace the Tilden Lake Dam.

Fedeli said, not only is the province investing in critical infrastructure to improve public safety, the contractors are staying in local hotels, eating at local restaurants, and the material for the dam comes from North Bay, so it has a “big economic impact for Nipissing this year.”

“The safety of the public and the protection of our communities is our number one priority,” said Yakabuski. “We are taking immediate action to address aging waterway infrastructure, allowing the province to maintain safe water levels to lower risks to Ontarians, their property, and the natural environment.”

The Tilden Lake Dam, built in 1961, is a ministry-owned and operated dam in the area of North Bay, which maintains water levels in Tilden Lake. Yakabuski revealed the revitalization project will see the construction of a new concrete dam that will help ensure proper functioning of the infrastructure.

“This investment is an example of how we are putting people first by taking care of aging infrastructure and protecting what matters most,” said Fedeli. “We’re investing in infrastructure that has real benefits for the people of Northern Ontario.”