Mackenzie Valley Corridor, Tlicho All Season Road, Hay River dredging get support in Canada Transportation Act review

YELLOWKNIFE (March 1, 2016) – The report of the Canada Transportation Act (CTA) Review Committee was released on February 25, 2016, and includes multiple recommendations that are beneficial to the Northwest Territories (NWT). The review looks forward 20 to 30 years to identify priorities and potential actions in transportation that will support Canada’s long term economic well-being, including that of the NWT and Northern Canada.

Recommendations include immediate support for the Mackenzie Valley Corridor, Slave Geological Province access, and Tlicho All Season Road; corridors identified by the Department of Transportation (DOT) as central to improving quality of life, sustainable resource development, tourism and other economic activities.

Other recommendations fit closely with the strategic priorities of the Department of Transportation as identified in its Transportation Strategy, Connecting Us, to capture opportunities and strengthen connections by investing in northern infrastructure. Investing in transportation infrastructure by working to secure funding for these corridors has also been identified as part of the mandate of the GNWT.

The report also recommends renewing federal government responsibility for and increasing investment in marine infrastructure. This includes federal funds to support dredging in Hay River and marine infrastructure (i.e. harbours, docks and landings) on the Mackenzie River and the NWT Arctic coast.

Quotes:

We are very pleased with the recommendations from the review panel.  The GNWT participated in the review and we feel that the panel heard and appreciated the challenges that the north is facing and the need for federal investments in strategic infrastructure to secure base funding.”

  • Wally Schumann, Minister of Transportation

Quick Facts:

Key CTA Review Report recommendations include:

  • Developing and implementing an infrastructure strategy for all modes of northern transportation, including increasing the base level of funding in the federal infrastructure fund for the territories.
  • Immediate support for the Mackenzie Valley Corridor (Mackenzie Valley Highway including from Tuktoyaktuk south to Yellowknife), the Coronation Yellowknife Corridor (Slave Geologic Province Seasonal Overland Road and Gray’s Bay Port and Road Project), and the Cassiar-Campbell Corridor (Western NWT resource development).
  • Immediate infrastructure investment in an all-season road from Yellowknife to Whatì.
  • Renewing federal government responsibility for and increasing investment in marine infrastructure, including federal funds to support dredging in Hay River and marine infrastructure (i.e. harbours, docks and landings) on the Mackenzie River and the NWT Arctic coast.
  • An investment of $50 million per year over ten years to facilitate airport improvements.

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