Check Against Delivery
Good morning, everyone.
It is a pleasure to join our Member of Parliament, Michael McLeod, as well as my colleagues from the Legislative Assembly for today’s announcement of federal funding for projects important to Northwest Territories communities.
As the Minister responsible for Municipal and Community Affairs, I am pleased to be working with Infrastructure Canada in implementing the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Agreement.
MACA also supports Community infrastructure projects through its yearly contributions through the Community Public Infrastructure fund and by MACA helping community governments build capacity in infrastructure planning and management.
Communities themselves plan and manage how they use this funding, based on local priorities and needs – whether that’s better roads, municipal infrastructure or recreation and cultural facilities.
Federal and territorial funding for community infrastructure makes a difference in people’s quality of life in all Northwest Territories (NWT) communities.
The funding we are announcing today shows how our Government is fulfilling the 18th Legislative Assembly’s commitment to assist community governments in accessing available federal infrastructure funding to invest in our communities.
This funding also helps meet our other Mandate commitments, including the commitment to support community governments as they develop infrastructure that adapts to our changing climate.
In light of the federal commitment to renew relationships with Indigenous peoples, which is a commitment our government strongly supports, we are especiall pleased that seven projects under the Community, Culture and Recreation stream have been approved.
These projects consist of four cultural projects in the North Slave region, the development of a cultural space in the new Nihtat Gwich’in building in Inuvik, the Fort Simpson Trail Development project and the rehabilitation of the Ehdaa Historical Site in Fort Simpson. These projects will receive a total investment of $3 million.
This program will also support six communities to further develop community roads. The investment will go towards improved drainage, road stabilization and road upgrade initiatives in Paulatuk, Norman Wells, Fort Simpson, Hay River and Yellowknife, with a total investment of $13.9 million.
Other approved projects include support towards 11 solid waste sites in the Inuvik and Sahtu Regions, the development of a new Hay River Waste Water Lift Station and the expansion of the Yellowknife Fiddlers Lagoon sewage treatment system. All of these projects will provide significant investment toward critical municipal infrastructure.
As the Minister responsible for Municipal and Community Affairs, I am pleased with the continued collaboration between the Federal Government, the Government of the Northwest Territories, Indigenous Governments and NWT community governments as we all work towards enhancing and constructing sustainable community infrastructure.
Today, we are announcing the first round of community-based projects approved under this agreement. There will be more. We look forward to future opportunities to work with community and Indigenous governments to access funding that contributes to meeting northern priorities.