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YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES – Sept. 3, 2009 – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), today announced $975,000 in funding for the planning of a 140 kilometre all-weather road between Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik in the Northwest Territories.”Our government recognizes that construction of an all-weather highway is a priority for the Northwest Territories,” said Minister Strahl, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians. “The completion of the Tuktoyaktuk to Inuvik segment is a logical first step and would provide Canada with a road to the Arctic coast. This is why we are so proud to support this feasibility study.”
The project is funded under the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF), and will assist the municipalities of Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik to conduct a study on a portion of the Mackenzie Valley Highway that links the two communities. Funds will be used for environmental studies, stakeholder consultation and preliminary routing design. Any future construction and ongoing maintenance of the road is expected to generate significant short and long-term employment opportunities.
“We welcome this important federal funding announcement. It is a tangible and concrete example of federal engagement in the North,” said Northwest Territories Premier Floyd K. Roland. “This announcement demonstrates the benefits that can be achieved when federal, territorial, municipal and Aboriginal governments work together to identify and pursue northern investment priorities. Today’s announcement recognizes that the best way to lay claim to the North is to invest in the people that call it home – in our infrastructure – our economy – and our social well being.”
“It has been a dream of our community for the last 30 years to have Tuk connected to Inuvik – and us connected to the rest of Canada,” said Merven Gruben, Mayor of the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, stating that it is a part of a larger dream of having the country connected from sea to sea to sea. “This is a big step towards that dream becoming a reality.”
As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the CAF is a two-year $1 billion national program that provides economic stimulus by supporting projects that create jobs in communities impacted by the global recession. The fund will provide $32.8 million to Northern Canada.
The CAF is one of a suite of economic development programs that fall under the mandate of CanNor in the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut. CanNor is responsible for coordinating and delivering federal economic development activities in the territories, and for policy, research and advocacy. Promoting social and economic development in the North is one of the four pillars of the Government of Canada’s integrated Northern Strategy.
Today Minister Strahl also announced funding for additional economic development projects in the North for Yukon and Nunavut through CanNor.
For copies of all news releases in electronic format, see the CanNor website: http://www.north.gc.ca/index-eng.asp
For more information, visit the Community Adjustment Fund http://www.north.gc.ca/pr/caf-eng.aspor Canada’s Economic Action Plan www.actionplan.gc.ca
For more information, please contact
Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
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