John van Nostrand

Mid-Canada Boreal Corridor: Planning for Canada's Future

February 12, 2016 | John van Nostrand

The Mid-Canada boreal corridor, a vast mass of land that stretches across the country, contains approximately 75 percent of the nation’s untapped wealth. A new commentary published by Northern Policy Institute looks at the potential of the Mid-Canada Boreal Corridor and why it is in such a desperate need of a plan.

According to author, John van Nostrand, the corridor has been, and will continue to be, a driving force in Canada’s economic prosperity and identity. The model currently used throughout much of the corridor, which includes fly-in-fly-out communities, is not sensible nor sustainable. Using the development of Canada’s national railway, which shaped much of the country that we know today and saw urban developments born out of the arrival of the railway across the prairies, van Nostrand points to the role the federal government needs to play in developing this modern-day frontier.  

The commentary, Mid-Canada Boreal Corridor: Planning for Canada’s Future, was adapted from a presentation given by John van Nostrand in Thunder Bay on June 17, 2015.

 

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