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News » Canada » New infrastructure projects announced for Northwest Territories » published 12 Jan 2018

New infrastructure projects announced for Northwest Territories

New federal-territorial funding of CA$96m has been announced for infrastructure projects across the Northwest Territories.

This investment will upgrade five main highways and various community roads in order to improve the ability to transport goods and equipment, as well as enhance the safety of travellers. In addition, the funding will support the construction of a new 1,500-square-foot youth centre in Colville Lake and a cold storage garage in Trout Lake. It will also fund the purchase of a new sewage vacuum truck in Wrigley, and rehabilitate a community access road in Behchokǫ̀.

The Government of Canada will provide more than CA$72m through the Small Communities Fund for the projects. The Government of the Northwest Territories will contribute up to CA$23,875,000 towards these projects and the local community governments will contribute the remaining CA$354,700.

Caroline Cochrane, minister of municipal and community affairs in Government of the Northwest Territories, said: “The Government of the Northwest Territories remains committed to leveraging federal funding in its support of community governments' infrastructure priorities. With the announcement of these projects we are proud to say that all 33 communities in the NWT have now received approval for their Small Communities Fund projects. We are pleased to see these projects move forward and encourage the federal government to continue to work with the Government of the Northwest Territories as partners as we focus on meeting the needs of NWT communities."

"Public infrastructure connects people, supports job creation, and creates stronger communities,” said minister of infrastructure and communities Amarjeet Sohi. “This is why the Government of Canada is providing unprecedented funding for public infrastructure projects that will help grow the economy, as well as promote sustainable development and long-term prosperity in the Northwest Territories and in communities across the country."

"Investing in major highways and access roads is critical to continue meeting the needs of NWT communities and businesses through the effective delivery of essential goods and materials, while increasing driver safety,” said Wally Schumann, minister of infrastructure in the Government of the Northwest Territories. “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Canada to undertake projects that will increase the resiliency of our transportation system to challenges related to age, increased traffic loads, and the impacts of climate change. Ongoing collaboration between our governments to improve northern infrastructure will have long-lasting benefits for Northerners and all Canadians."



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This article was published on 12 Jan 2018 (last updated on 12 Jan 2018).

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