Minister of Infrastructure Wally Schumann welcomed the announcement of new federal funding to advance the development of the Slave Geological Province (SGP) Corridor.
The project will receive a total of $40 million to support environmental regulatory reviews and planning studies. Transport Canada will contribute $30 million under the National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) and the Government of the Northwest Territories will contribute $10 million.
The long-term vision of this project includes an infrastructure corridor that supports road, communications and hydro transmission line infrastructure, and connects to an all-weather road in western Nunavut that will link to a deep-water Arctic port that will create new economic opportunities and benefits for residents of both territories.
Meaningful investments in nation building projects such as this are an important way to strengthen Canada’s Arctic. The Government of the Northwest Territories looks forward to continued federal investment in Northern development and to working together with the Government of Canada and other stakeholders to create a strong and prosperous North.
“Highway infrastructure plays a very important part in the longevity and well-being of our communities and residents. Priority infrastructure projects such as the Slave Geological Province Corridor have the potential to make a transformative impact in the Northwest Territories by helping unlock our full economic potential, supporting Canada as we transition to a lower carbon economy, and stabilizing the cost of living across the North.”
- Wally Schumann, Minister of Infrastructure and Industry, Tourism and Investment
- The Slave Geological Province (SGP) has significant untapped mineral potential including several defined large base metal deposits and hundreds of base metal and gold showings (372 along current proposed route alone).
- Proposed road includes a two-lane gravel infrastructure corridor that is 413 km in length and is estimated to cost $1.1 billion
- Historic value of production (2018 dollars) from mines within the 213,000 sq. km SGP is $45 billion
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