YELLOWKNIFE (June 6, 2013) – The Government of the Northwest Territories is seeking an investment in transportation infrastructure of $600 million over ten years under the federal New Building Canada Fund. Minister of Transportation David Ramsay released the funding proposal, Corridors for Canada III: Building for Prosperity, in the Legislative Assembly today.
Minister Ramsay said the proposal meets the challenges that come with growing social and economic needs in the territory while promoting growth and development. “This plan proposes strategic investments in transportation infrastructure across all regions of the Northwest Territories,” he said. “In coming years, it will lay in place a foundation for the economic growth and prosperity of the NWT.”
Premier Bob McLeod says strategic investments in the North’s infrastructure benefit all Canadians. “The investments proposed in Corridors for Canada III are needed to develop the potential of the Northwest Territories. This proposal moves us closer to having in place the transportation infrastructure needed for a sustainable and prosperous future.”
Corridors for Canada III proposes strategic infrastructure investments in the following areas:
- Rehabilitation and improvement of all-weather and winter road systems and bridges;
- Highway safety improvements;
- Incremental improvements in the Mackenzie Valley corridor to improve and add to the winter road system and contribute to the future all-weather highway;
- Expand capacity at high traffic airports; and
- Research and develop successful methods for mitigating climate change and reducing its effect on existing and new transportation infrastructure.
The publication released today outlines part of the response of the Government of Northwest Territories to the 10 year federal New Building Canada Fund starting in 2014-2015.
The proposed activity under Corridors for Canada III contributes to the priority of the 17th Assembly to strengthen and diversify our economy by making strategic infrastructure investments.
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