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Government of Northwest Territories

Government of Northwest Territories

September 06, 2016 18:00 ET

Canada and Northwest Territories Reach Agreement Under New Federal Infrastructure Funding Programs

$69 million made available for projects across the territory

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Sept. 6, 2016) - Infrastructure Canada

The governments of Canada and Northwest Territories are making investments that will help create good jobs and grow the middle class while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future. Investing in local infrastructure helps ensure that Canadians have safe water and wastewater systems that they can rely on, and high-quality public transit systems that get them to work on time and back home safely.

Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Robert C. McLeod, Minister Responsible for Infrastructure, announced a bilateral agreement that will make close to $69 million in combined funding available to Northwest Territories communities under two new federal programs - the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The federal government is providing up to 75 per cent of funding - just over $52 million - for projects supported through these programs and the territorial government and communities will provide the balance of funding.

Also announced today was an initial list of 30 approved projects under the two new funding programs. The list includes an important investment to upgrade Fort Simpson's water, sewer and storm water drainage system, which will contribute to clean and reliable drinking water, support future growth, and better protect the local environment. In Yellowknife, public transit upgrades will include the construction of accessible bus stops, sidewalks, wheel chair ramps, curb drops and bus pull-out areas to improve safety and accessibility for all commuters.

For the complete list of identified projects in the Northwest Territories, please visit: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1119839.

Quotes

"Infrastructure is the foundation of the Canada we want to build for tomorrow. The Government of Canada recognizes that we need a solid partnership with all orders of government to support infrastructure and create good, well-paying jobs that can help the middle class grow and prosper today. We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with the Northwest Territories, which will make close to $69 million in funding available so that Northwest Territories communities can address their specific infrastructure priorities."

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"Investing in community public infrastructure supports local governments to manage their needs, increase the capacity and lifespan of local assets, and ensure that services to residents are enhanced. These strategic investments create economic opportunities for our residents and businesses that have a significant impact towards the overall management of the water, and wastewater systems of the Northwest Territories."

Robert C. McLeod, Minister Responsible for Infrastructure

Quick facts

  • This funding is part of the first phase of Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada's historic $120-billion plan to support public infrastructure across the country over the next 10 years.
  • Phase 1 of Investing in Canada provides $11.9 billion in investments to support public transit systems, green infrastructure projects, and social infrastructure projects. Details on Phase 2 of Investing in Canada will be announced over the next months.
  • This marks the eleventh agreement the Government of Canada has signed with provincial and territorial partners in the last two months. As of today, over $5.2 billion are flowing to provinces and territories who have signed onto agreements for the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
  • Under this agreement, the Government of Canada has made its funding retroactive to April 1, 2016, so projects can proceed without delay to ensure a productive construction season.

Associated links

Federal infrastructure investments in the Northwest Territories

Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada's new $120 billion infrastructure plan

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The Public Transit Infrastructure Fund

The Clean Water and Wastewater Fund

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Backgrounder

Canada and the Northwest Territories Reach Agreement under New Federal Infrastructure Funding Programs

Canada and the Northwest Territories have approved 30 community infrastructure projects, to date, under two new federal infrastructure programs introduced as part of Phase 1 of the 10-year Investing in Canada plan. The Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund will address key infrastructure priorities with a focus on repairing and upgrading existing facilities and assets.

Clean Water and Wastewater Fund

The Government of Canada is providing over $51 million and Community Governments of the Northwest Territories are providing over $17 million for 29 projects to rehabilitate and improve the community water and wastewater systems across the territory. Combined with territorial and municipal contributions, more than $68 million will be going toward providing Northwest Territories families with clean reliable water sources.

Location Project Name Federal Funding Community Funding Anticipated Start Date
Tlicho Community Government of Behchoko Behchoko Piped Water and Sewer Assessment $225,000 $75,000 October 1, 2016
Tlicho Community Government of Behchoko Behchoko Water Supply Study $187,500 $62,500 January 1, 2017
Tlicho Community Government of Whatì Sewage Lagoon Upgrade $375,000 $125,000 June 1, 2017
City of Yellowknife Water and Sewer Pipe Replacement $13,725,000 $4,575,000 June 1, 2017
City of Yellowknife Sewage Lift Station #5 Piping Rehabilitation and Replacement $1,312,000 $437,500 June 1, 2018
City of Yellowknife Supervisory Controls and Data Acquisition System Upgrades for Pumphouses and Lift Stations $900,000 $300,000 July 1, 2017
Government of the Northwest Territories Northern Piped Water and Sewer Research $60,000 $20,000 October 1, 2016
Hamlet of Fort McPherson Piped Water and Sewage Priority Upgrades $750,000 $250,000 May 1, 2018
Hamlet of Fort McPherson Water Treatment Plant Upgrade $3,375,000 $1,125,000 May 1, 2017
Hamlet of Fort McPherson Piped Water and Sewage Assessment $112,500 $37,500 October 1, 2016
Hamlet of Fort Providence Water Treatment Plant
Intake Replacement Study
$463,747 $154,583 June 1, 2017
Hamlet of Fort Resolution Sewage Lagoon $1,917,000 $639,000 April 1, 2018
Hamlet of Paulatuk Sewage Lagoon
Improvements
$187,500 $62,500 June 1, 2018
Hamlet of Sachs Harbour Water Treatment Plant
Relocation
$375,000 $125,000 July 1, 2017
Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk Wastewater Truck
Discharge and Lagoon
Upgrades
$543,750 $181,250 July 1, 2017
Hamlet of Tulita Water Treatment Plant
Upgrade
$1,500,000 $500,000 May 1, 2017
Tthedzeh K'edeli First Nation (Jean Marie River) Water Treatment Plant
Influent Pipe Upgrade
$97,500 $32,500 November 1, 2016
Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation Sewage Lagoon Upgrade $375,000 $125,000 September 1, 2016
Nahanni Butte Dene Band Water Treatment Plant
Retrofit
$487,500 $162,500 June 1, 2017
Town of Fort Smith Water and Sewer
Infrastructure Replacement
$3,750,000 $1,250,000 June 1, 2017
Town of Hay River West Truck Filling Station $2,062,500 $687,500 April 1, 2017
Town of Norman Wells Sewer Main Replacement
and Rehabilitation
$4,050,000 $1,350,000 May 1, 2017
Town of Inuvik Sewer Outfall Replacement $7,500,000 $2,500,000 May 1, 2017
Town of Inuvik Second Water Reserve Tank $1,500,000 $500,000 August 1, 2017
Town of Norman Wells Waste Water
Improvements - Lift Station
$1,612,500 $537,500 June 1, 2017
Town of Norman Wells Lagoon Upgrades and
Improvements
$150,000 $50,000 May 1, 2017
Town of Norman Wells Water and Waste Water
Infrastructure Assessment
$150,000 $50,000 October 1, 2016
Village of Fort Simpson Water and Sewer Road
Enhancements
$2,925,000 $975,000 October 1, 2016
Yellowknives Dene First Nation Sewage Lagoon Upgrade $525,000 $175,000 January 1, 2017

Public Transit Infrastructure Fund

The Government of Canada is providing $320,000 and the City of Yellowknife is providing over $106,600 for the Yellowknife transit project to improve public transit services, and increase passenger safety and accessibility. Combined with territorial and municipal contributions, more than $426,600 will be going toward public transit in Yellowknife.

Location Project Name Federal Funding Community Funding Anticipated Start Date
City of Yellowknife Public Transit Upgrades $320,000 $106,666 June 1, 2017

Contact Information

  • Brook Simpson
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
    613-219-0149
    brook.simpson@canada.ca

    Jay Boast
    Communications and Website Advisor
    Department of Municipal and Community Affairs
    Government of Northwest Territories
    867-767-9162 ext. 21044
    jay_boast@gov.nt.ca

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
    infc.media-medias.infc@canada.ca