Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

September 21, 2009 09:00 ET

Natural Resources Canada: Government of Canada Invests in Better Living Conditions in Nunavut

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2009) - Residents of Nunavut will benefit from a series of land surveys commissioned by the Government of Canada over the past year, which have opened the door to improved living conditions in dozens of communities.

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today that work has been completed on eight contracts issued through the Surveyor General Branch, valued at $1.8 million.

"Our Government is building the infrastructure needed to clear the way for new home construction for Nunavummiut," said Minister Aglukkaq. "More than 1,800 lots have been surveyed - creating jobs in the local area as well as being a big step toward creating better living conditions for many people in Nunavut communities."

This is the most significant land infrastructure survey project undertaken in the North. The results of this work are the first steps in determining where communities will be developed to help address overcrowded living conditions in the North. The surveys are a vital link to home ownership and development.

The Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program is delivered by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor). SINED promotes economic development in the territories by strengthening and diversifying the economy. It will help create important economic opportunities for people living and working in Canada's northern communities.

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Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced today that survey work has been completed on more than 1,800 lots in the North, the most expansive survey initiative ever conducted in the region. The surveys helped to create local jobs and will be used to develop improved living conditions for northern residents.

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