Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

May 13, 2009 20:12 ET

Canada-Yukon Partnership to Create Jobs and Stimulate the Economy

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - May 13, 2009) - Communities across Yukon will benefit from a $7-million investment in key infrastructure projects, thanks to a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Government of Yukon. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs and Northern Development Canada, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, and Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie.

"Stimulating our economy and creating jobs for Canadians is a top priority for this Government. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, we are moving quickly to flow money that will improve key infrastructure, including road, bridge and highway projects in Yukon," said Minister Strahl. "Working together with the territory, we can build the infrastructure that will allow the people of Yukon and the economy to thrive now and in the future."

"Our Government's investment will improve the capacity of the Yukon's highways and roads, inject additional capital into our economy, and keep people working during these tough economic times," said Minister Aglukkaq.

"The Government of Yukon will continue to maintain a high level of economic stimulus throughout the territory by creating employment opportunities and establishing crucial building blocks for longer term economic growth," said Premier Fentie. "Through this investment, we are enhancing Yukon's competitiveness and our ability to access the global market."

"We appreciate Canada's ongoing support and investment on infrastructure projects essential to Yukon's prosperity," said Archie Lang, Minister of Highways and Public Works. "These types of projects not only improve access to rural communities but also enable economic sustainability and help strengthen our sovereignty."

The infrastructure projects include road reconstruction and upgrades, highway upgrades and bridge rehabilitation. The Government of Canada is setting aside up to $3.5 million from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund as part of its Economic Action Plan. The Government of Yukon is contributing $3.5 million.

The largest project under this investment will benefit the residents of Carmacks and the local mining industry with the construction of a modern two-lane bridge and sidewalk across the Nordenskjold River, replacing the current single-lane bridge. The $2.3 million Nordenskjold Bridge rehabilitation project will result in improved safety for pedestrians and motor vehicle traffic as well as an increased load capacity for the crossing that will help reduce emissions and improve the flow of traffic and goods.

Canada's Economic Action Plan established a new $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund to provide funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure projects. Funding will be available for two years for projects that will begin during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons. This initiative is structured to move funds and get shovels in the ground quickly.

Backgrounders with more information on the projects and details about the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund are attached.

BACKGROUNDER

INFRASTRUCTURE STIMULUS FUND

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government has established a new $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund that provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects. Funding is available for two years for projects that will be built during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.

About the Program

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (ISF) complements existing federal infrastructure funding by focusing on short-term objectives for economic stimulus. To further this goal of rapid economic stimulus, the ISF will focus on construction-readiness as important project selection criteria. The full $4 billion will be distributed in fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. Projects will focus largely on the rehabilitation of existing assets such as water, wastewater, public transit, highways, roads, culture, parks, and trails.

How it Works

Projects must satisfy program criteria and be confirmed in a funding agreement. Provincial and territorial projects will be identified through discussions with provincial and territorial governments. Proposals from municipal and non-governmental organizations will be considered through different selection processes in consultation with each province and territory. Details are being announced in each province and territory as they are available. All project proponents will have to attest that the project will be completed within the next two years and that the project would not have proceeded without federal funding. This is to ensure that the program provides economic stimulus quickly.

Who is Eligible?

Eligible recipients include provinces, territories, local regional governments and public sector, not-for-profit organizations and, in limited cases, private companies. Projects receiving funding under the ISF program must complete construction by March 31, 2011.

CANADA-YUKON PARTNERSHIP TO EXPAND INFRASTRUCTURE

The projects included under the $7-million Infrastructure Stimulus Fund investment are:

- Burma Road Reconstruction: $150,000

- Dawson Gold Field Road Upgrades: $100,000

- Freegold Road Upgrades: $200,000

- Gentian Lane Reconstruction: $120,000

- Kusawa Lake Road Reconstruction: $42,000

- South McQuesten Road Upgrades: $100,000

- Nahanni Range Road Upgrades: $100,000

- Top of the World Highway Upgrades: $1,500,000

- Albert Creek Bridge Rehabilitation: $1,200,000

- Deadman Creek Bridge Rehabilitation: $1,200,000

- Nordenskjold Bridge Rehabilitation: $2,300,000

Details of the Nordenskjold Bridge Rehabilitation project:

The project consists of replacing an existing single-lane bailey bridge across the Nordenskjold River on the Freegold Road with a modern two-lane bridge equipped with a sidewalk. The road serves local residents, the general public and the mining industry, as well as other resource activities.

The bridge rehabilitation will help to improve the flow of traffic and will improve safety by separating pedestrians and motor vehicle traffic that currently share a single lane. The new structure will also increase load capacity for the crossing, which currently limits industry. Emissions will also be reduced as opposing traffic will no longer need to wait to cross the bridge.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Minister of Indian and Northern
    Affairs and Northern Development
    Nina Chiarelli
    Press Secretary
    819-997-0002
    or
    Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
    Minister of Health
    Tim Vail
    Director of Communications
    613-957-0200
    or
    Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Government of Yukon
    Cabinet Communications
    Roxanne Vallevand
    867-633-7949
    or
    Government of Yukon
    Highways & Public Works
    Karla Ter Voert
    Communications
    867-456-3825