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Governments invest in Canyon Creek all-season access road

Posted on January 11, 2017

The governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories announced $20 million in funding for the construction of a 14 kilometre all-season access road from Norman Wells to Canyon Creek. The project also includes the construction of five kilometres of roads surrounding Canyon Creek.

This investment will bring many benefits to local communities. It will improve the ability to transport goods and equipment throughout the area, while helping to open new business development opportunities in the Sahtu Region. The expanded road network will also provide increased reliability for shipments of essential supplies, and easier access to traditional hunting and fishing areas. Residents, businesses and contractors in the Hamlet of Tulita and the Town of Norman Wells will particularly benefit from the related business and employment opportunities. In addition, through training, this project will increase the capacity of local people and businesses to service future construction projects.

“This new access road and related road improvements will help the residents in the Sahtu region access employment opportunities, build new construction skills, and get to and from traditional hunting and fishing locations, while meeting the transportation needs of area businesses,” said Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories.

The Canyon Creek access road will be another step towards the construction of the Mackenzie Valley Highway; it will replace the existing winter road that is constructed annually between Norman Wells and Canyon Creek.

This project will offer training opportunities for approximately 12 trainees and 16 heavy equipment operators, and employment opportunities for 50 people during the construction and road improvements.

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