Three Northwest Territories infrastructure projects benefitting from joint government funding
November 14, 2016 by Corinne Lynds
Members of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, announced more than $4 million in funding for three infrastructure projects across the Territory under the Government of Canada’s Small Communities Fund.
This funding will help improve the sewage lagoon system in Fort Liard, upgrade eight roads in Norman Wells, as well as upgrade Aklavik’s recreation centre. Once complete, the work will significantly improve key municipal services for residents and help boost regional development.
“Infrastructure development is vital to the health and wellbeing of the people of Norman Wells. Residents have expressed their concern around negative impacts of poor road surfaces and dust throughout the Town. Investments like this improve the quality of life for our residents, making life easier, healthier, and safer for everyone living and working in Norman Wells. There is also a significant boost from these projects to the local economy. We are delighted to be working closely with the governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories on behalf of the residents of Norman Wells and appreciate the support received through these strategic investments in community public infrastructure,” said Nathan Watson, Mayor of Norman Wells.
Through the Small Communities Fund, the governments of Canada and the 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.
“Infrastructure is key to helping the middle class find good jobs and boosts economic development. By offering significant infrastructure funding, Canadian communities will benefit from investments that promote sustainable development and long-term prosperity in the North. Municipalities know best what their communities need, and those insights are integral to building the infrastructure of the 21st century,” said Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories.
- The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years to support public transit, green and social infrastructure, transportation infrastructure that supports trade, and rural and northern communities.
- The Government of Canada will provide $2,655,250 through the Small Communities Fund for these projects, which have a total project cost of $4,482,676.
- The community governments will contribute the remaining $1,827,426.