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Government of Canada invests in transportation in Northwest Territories

Staff Writer |
Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, on behalf of Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced a major investment of $102.5 million for a project that will reduce the cost of essential goods and help local businesses compete by moving goods to market.

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This funding supports several key phases of the longer-term, Mackenzie Valley Highway project:

- construction of a bridge over the Great Bear River, which will improve the resiliency of the winter road to climate change, enhance safety, extend the number of operating days of the winter road by two to four weeks, and enhance the efficiency of community resupply operations;

- construction of a 15 kilometre all-weather road from Wrigley north to Mount Gaudet; and

- next steps in moving forward with the Mackenzie Valley Highway, including environmental and planning studies. The studies will inform final routing and design for the eventual construction of the all-weather highway, leading to obtaining permits for road construction.

The Government of Northwest Territories is contributing $37.5 million to the project for a total combined investment from both governments of $140 million.

This project is expected to have significant economic and employment benefits by creating an estimated 400 jobs over the life of the project.

The Government of Canada is supporting infrastructure projects that contribute most to Canada's continued success in international trade. For example, projects being funded will:

- address the unique transportation needs in Canada's territorial North to improve safety and foster economic and social development;

- support economic activity and the physical movement of goods and people in Canada;

- help the transportation system withstand the effects of climate change and make sure it is able to support new technologies and innovation;

- address transportation bottlenecks and congestion along Canada's trade corridors; and

- increase the fluidity of Canadian trade around the world through our ports, airports, roads, railways, intermodal facilities, bridges and border crossings.

Provincial, territorial and municipal governments, Indigenous groups, not-for-profit and for-profit private-sector organizations, federal Crown Corporations, Canadian Port Authorities, and National Airport System Airport Authorities are all eligible for funding under the National Trade Corridors Fund.

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