YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwired - July 7, 2016) -
Communities across the Northwest Territories will soon benefit from more reliable transportation infrastructure. The governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories (NWT) today announced $80.9 million in joint funding to improve accessibility to and from remote communities in the North and to ensure the movement of goods across major trade routes.
Improving the transportation system has a long-term impact on economic growth in NWT. Ongoing investments in transportation infrastructure can contribute to improving the quality of life of communities by ensuring people have diverse employment, economic and social opportunities. The NWT also has enormous potential for non-renewable resource development, ensuring effective access to areas of high mineral potential, reducing exploration and development costs for industry, and leading to economic growth.
The Northwest Territories Highway Improvement Initiative includes the rehabilitation of nine bridges, three access roads, and the construction of a four-bay highway maintenance facility in James Creek. The projects are also aimed at repairing aging roads and improving structural capacity of existing infrastructure.
The Initiative's 13 highway infrastructure components are all being funded through the Small Communities Fund. The Government of the Northwest Territories is taking advantage of the new streamlined process allowing them to begin project development during this construction season.
Through the Small Communities Fund, the governments of Canada and Northwest Territories will continue to work in partnership to fund priority public infrastructure projects that will contribute to stronger, more inclusive, and sustainable communities in the North.
The Government of Canada will provide $60,675,000 through the Small Communities Fund for the 13 projects and the Northwest Territories will contribute the remaining $20,225,000.
"The Government of Canada has made an unprecedented commitment of more than $120 billion for public infrastructure projects across Canada through the Investing in Canada plan. By working in partnership with our territorial partner, we will make smart investments that promote sustainable development in the Northwest Territories. The highway infrastructure investments announced today will have a positive and lasting impact on the quality of life for Northern Canadians for years to come."
Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Northern infrastructure strengthens not just our territory, but the entire country. Investments in the Northwest Territories' transportation system help to improve the safety of the travelling public, adapt to the effects of climate change, lower the cost of living, and support economic opportunities in our communities. Funding agreements with Canada are critical for these transportation infrastructure improvements, and we hope to continue this successful partnership."
The Honourable Wally Schumann,
Minister of Transportation
Government of the Northwest Territories
Read the backgrounder to learn more.
Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada's new $120 billion infrastructure plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/index-eng.html.
Federal infrastructure investments in the Northwest Territories: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/nt-eng.html
Small Communities Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html
New Building Canada Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html.
Web: Infrastructure Canada
The governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories are announcing funding for 13 infrastructure improvement projects in communities in the territory under the Small Communities Fund. The Government of Canada will provide up to $60,675,000 for these projects, which have a total eligible cost of $80.9 million. The Northwest Territories will contribute the remaining $20,225,000.
The Small Communities Fund provides support for priority public infrastructure projects that deliver on local needs in communities across Canada that have fewer than 100,000 residents.
The Northwest Territories Highway Improvement Initiative includes the rehabilitation of the following projects:
|Axe Handle Creek||Axe Handle Creek Culvert - Mackenzie Hwy #1, km 260.9|
|Bouvier Creek||Bouvier Creek Culvert - Mackenzie Hwy #1, km 277.5|
|Buffalo River||Buffalo River Bridge - NWT Highway #5, km 55.7|
|Hay River||Hay River to Pine Point Bridge - Hay River Hwy #2, km 2.2|
|Hodgson Creek||Hodgson Creek Bridge - Mackenzie Hwy #1 Winter Road, km 691.4|
|Inuvik||Inuvik Access Road - Dempster Hwy #8, km 264.8|
|James Creek||James Creek Maintenance Garage - Dempster Hwy #8, km 14|
|Jean Marie River||Jean Marie River Bridge - Mackenzie Hwy #1, km 411.2|
|Jean Marie River||Jean Marie River Access Road, km 13.5|
|Nahanni Butte||Nahanni Butte Access Road, km 11|
|Oscar Creek||Oscar Creek Bridge - Mackenzie Hwy #1 Winter Road, km 1054.4|
|Trout River||Trout River Bridge - Mackenzie Hwy #1, km 324.8|
|Yellowknife||Frank Channel Bridge - Yellowknife Highway #3, km 244|
For more information on the Small Communities Fund, please visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html.