The focus area of this study will be North-Western Ontario regarding the community remoteness and receiving goods through transportation. North-Western Ontario is a large area of land characterised by lakes, wetlands and forest. While half the size of Ontario, with over 525 000 km2 of land, North-Western Ontario has a small population of only 230 000 (Stats Canada, 2016). This means that North-Western Ontario is comprised of 1.7% of Ontario’s population, but is spread among half of Ontario’s land. This combination results in North-Western communities being very remote in relation to other communities. In regard to the transportation of goods, the Trans-Canada Highway is the only major transportation route that allows access of goods to be delivered to these remote communities as it passes through cities such as Thunder Bay and Dryden. This leaves disconnected communities, approximately 800 kilometers North of the Trans- Canada highway, having difficulty receiving transported goods. In turn the cost of goods is much higher than other parts of Ontario. Table 4.1 demonstrates a comparison between North-Western community Attawapiskat and Southern city Toronto’s cost of goods (Food Secure Canada, 2015). With these inflated costs, populations living in remote North-Western communities suffer from not being able to afford an adequate diet. In conclusion, due to these factors provide reason to find a more productive mean of transportation of goods for North-Western communities. The aim of this project is to provide locations for blimp UAV ports and routes, to lower costs of good transportation to North-Western communities.
Table 1. Comparison of food costs between North-Western community of Attawapiskat and Southern-Ontario Toronto (Food Secure Canada, 2015).
Figure 1. Map of North-Western Ontario illustrationg population sizes and locations demonstration need for alternate mode of good transportation.