Canadian Government Investing in Northwest Territories' Infrastructure
The investments will make a positive difference in communities, such as cleaner air and water, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable water management, better transportation, and energy security and reduced reliance on diesel.
The governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories announced March 7 they are working together to make long-term infrastructure investments to create economic growth and support a low carbon, green economy in the Territory.
Amarjeet Sohi, minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Wally Schumann, territorial minister of Infrastructure; Caroline Cochrane, territorial minister of Municipal and Community Affairs; and Michael McLeod, member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, announced the signing of a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $570 million in federal funding during the next decade for infrastructure projects, under the Investing in Canada plan. The projects supported through the agreement will be cost-shared with the territorial government, municipalities, and other partners. The government of Canada is providing up to 75 percent of eligible expenditures for projects in the territories and for projects with Indigenous partners.
The Investing in Canada plan will see the federal government make unprecedented investments in infrastructure across the Northwest Territories while providing the flexibility for the Territory and its communities to identify their priorities and projects. The investments will make a positive difference in communities, such as cleaner air and water, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable water management, better transportation, and energy security and reduced reliance on diesel.
"Long-term investments in infrastructure are key to building a strong Canada, connecting people, creating well-paying jobs, and building our economy and our communities for the future. We are pleased to reach a new agreement with the Northwest Territories to invest in infrastructure projects that will benefit Northern communities for years to come. Collaboration and partnership have been at the heart of the success of our Investing in Canada plan, and we will continue to work with provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous communities, stakeholders, and Canadians from coast to coast to coast," said Sohi.