Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure to announce that later today I will table an updated territory-wide, multi-modal Transportation Strategy entitled “Connecting Us: Northwest Territories Transportation Strategy 2015-2040”. This important document will guide further development of our integrated air, road, rail, and marine systems over the next 25 years. With this Strategy, the Department of Transportation will work towards a vision of “Northerners connected to opportunities”, based on three key strategic objectives.
The first, Strengthening Connections, represents the Department’s dedication to continuing to improve the existing transportation system. The second objective is Capturing Opportunities, signaling the Department’s intensions to expand the system. The third objective is Embracing Innovation, through which the Department strives to improve its operations and the way it delivers its services to the public.
Our Strategy was developed with substantial public and stakeholder input. Over the last year, staff with the Department of Transportation worked to ensure this Strategy reflects the priorities identified by residents and users of the NWT transportation system.
Mr. Speaker, these objectives support the goals identified by Members of this Assembly. Supporting a diversified economy while providing communities with opportunities through better connections is necessary for a prosperous future for our territory.
The Department anticipates the release of two additional documents related to the Strategy this fall. A Transportation Report Card, the evaluation framework for the Strategy, will include statistics that provide a benchmark to measure the Department’s success. In addition, the Department will develop a four-year action plan for implementation beginning in 2015/16.
Finally, Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank all those who participated in the development of the NWT Transportation Strategy by providing their input. The Department will continue working hard to meet your expectations and to deliver an enhanced transportation system in the NWT over the next 25 years.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.