News Release Article from  Infrastructure Canada

Eleven Northwest Territories infrastructure projects benefitting from joint government funding

Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, January 27, 2017

Investing in local infrastructure helps create jobs while improving Northern Canadians' quality of life. The governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories are working together to provide residents and businesses with modern, reliable and sustainable public infrastructure, and thereby, opening up opportunities for those living and working in the North.

Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Caroline Cochrane, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, today announced more than $15.8 million in funding for 11 infrastructure projects across the Territory.

This funding will help upgrade the water reservoir in Jean Marie River, expand the Yellowknives Dene First Nation's Fire Hall, and make important upgrades to Fort Simpson's recreation centre that will extend the building's life and reduce future maintenance costs. Among the other projects receiving support, Fort McPherson will welcome upgrades to its arena, and is expected to open the doors to a new community hall in 2021.

Quotes

"When the Government of Canada invests in infrastructure, we are investing in Canadians, including the middle class, and supporting economic growth. By investing in modern and efficient infrastructure, we will help create good, well-paying jobs, while improving the quality of life of those living and working in the North."

Michael McLeod,
Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories
On behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"These 11 projects are examples of how the various levels of government collaborate to support community government's infrastructure priorities and investments. These investments in infrastructure support priorities that ensure the delivery of programs and services to enhance the quality of life for all residents. This timely investment by the Government of Canada will support community development for years to come."

The Honourable Caroline Cochrane,
Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs

"The Town of Fort Smith benefits greatly and appreciates the funding received from the Government of Canada for infrastructure development and maintenance. Funding capital projects, including the management of our infrastructure demands, is an ongoing challenge. These strategic investments are required and are critical towards our ability to create, maintain, and enhance the programs and services that we provide to residents. We are excited about this opportunity and the value it will bring to our community."

Lynn Napier-Buckley,
Mayor, Town of Fort Smith

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada will provide up to $8,569,000 for the 11 projects being announced today:
    • $6,625,500 through the Small Communities Fund; and
    • $1,943,500 through the federal Gas Tax Fund for the Hamlet of Fort McPherson's arena upgrade and community hall replacement.
  • The community governments will contribute the remaining $7,297,334 for the 11 projects, which have a total eligible cost of $15,866,334.
  • The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada's rural and northern communities.

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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 the Northwest Territories
867-767-9162 ext. 21044
jay_boast@gov.nt.ca

Infrastructure Canada
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