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Highway to Arctic Ocean completed

Posted on November 16, 2017
The Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway (ITH), one of Northern Canada's largest and most important infrastructure projects, has officially opened to traffic. The ITH now provides an all-season road to the community of Tuktoyaktuk and is the first highway in Canada to connect to the Arctic Ocean. "This is an historic day for Canada. Our country is connected by road – for the first time ever – from coast to coast to coast,” said Amarjeet Sohi, minister of infrastructure and communities. “The federal government is proud to have supported the construction [...]

Three proponents qualify for Tlicho all-season road project RFP

Posted on September 14, 2017
The construction of the Tłįchǫ All-Season Road moved a step closer to reality with the announcement by Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod that three proponents have qualified for the project, pursuant to the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) Request for Qualifications. The Request for Qualifications was released in March. The three proponents are: Aurora Access Partners NAE Transportation Partners North Star Infrastructure These proponents will be invited to participate in the next stage of the competitive selection process [...]

$360 million committed to Yukon Resource Gateway Project

Posted on September 6, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Yukon Premier Sandy Silver have announced over $360 million in combined federal and territorial funding to improve road access in two mineral-rich areas: the Dawson Range in central Yukon and the Nahanni Range Road in southeastern Yukon. In total, the Yukon Resource Gateway Project will help upgrade over 650 kilometres of road and build or replace numerous bridges, culverts, and stream crossings. Better road access will help Canadians and local businesses take greater advantage of the economic potential of Yukon’s natural [...]

Government of Canada supports clean energy feasibility study

Posted on September 1, 2017
The Government of Canada has announced an investment of $467,200 to support a feasibility study to assess the potential for natural gas development in the Beaufort Delta region of the Northwest Territories. The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) is leading this project. This Indigenous-owned corporation seeks to lower living costs for local residents and businesses by securing a regional energy source to replace diesel. Should natural gas extraction be viable, the development of this resource could provide clean energy security, employment opportunities [...]

$175 million committed for improving Arctic infrastructure

Posted on August 28, 2017
Minister of Transport Marc Garneau has announced a total investment of over $175 million in seven measures to help protect Arctic waters as part of the Oceans Protection Plan. These measures include: A commitment of $94.3 million over five years to support safer and more efficient Arctic resupply operations through the Federal Investments in Safety Equipment and Basic Marine Infrastructure in Northern Communities Initiative; The Government of Canada will enhance partnerships with Indigenous communities and Arctic stakeholders to establish Low Impact [...]

Construction progressing on $130-million naval facility

Posted on July 10, 2017
Construction of the Nanisivik naval refuelling facility is progressing on-time and on-budget. According to an article from CBC News, the project has entered the construction season with expectations that the revised deadline of fall 2018 will be met for the $130-million facility. The Nanisivik Naval Facility, located in Arctic Bay, Nunavut, will operate as a docking and refuelling facility for the Royal Canadian Navy, and other government vessels. The project involves the construction of several structures, including new fuel storage tanks, buildings [...]

Canada & Yukon invest in 13 territorial infrastructure projects

Posted on June 29, 2017
Governments of Canada and Yukon invest in 13 infrastructure projects throughout the territory. Member of Parliament for Yukon Larry Bagnell and Yukon Minister of Highways and Public Works Richard Mostyn announced joint funding of over $26.9 million for 13 projects through the Small Communities Fund. “Along with our Inuit and territorial partners, we are committed to making sure northern communities obtain the support they need to help grow the economy and address local infrastructure priorities,” said Bagnell. “The projects announced today—such [...]

Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link goes live in Inuvik

Posted on June 13, 2017
The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), along with its partners, NorthwesTel and Ledcor Group, have launched the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link (MVFL). Construction of the 1,154 km fibre line between High Level, Alberta and Inuvik was completed in March 2017. It connects six communities in the Mackenzie Valley to high-speed internet and state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure, and fulfils the Government of the Northwest Territories’ mandate commitment to complete the line in order to help modernize the economy and enable growth in [...]

Final winter construction completed on Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway

Posted on May 26, 2017
The last winter construction season of the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway (ITH) has concluded. The work consisted of completing the final two bridges, as well as crushing and stockpiling surface gravel. Construction this summer season will focus on grading, packing, and shaping the base of the highway in preparation for gravel surfacing. Signage and guardrails will be installed this fall. The ITH is scheduled to be completed by November 15, 2017. Upon opening, it will be the first public highway to the Arctic Ocean, connecting Canada coast to coast to coast [...]

Mackenzie Valley Fibre Line construction completed

Posted on March 29, 2017
The Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link (MVFL) achieved a major milestone on March 16, 2017 as the last two splice locations were installed, officially completing the construction of the 1,154 km fibre line between Inuvik and High Level, Alberta. With this, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is one step closer to fulfilling its mandate commitment to complete the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Optic Link in order to help modernize the economy and enable growth in all economic sectors. The project now moves into the next phase of work, which will consist [...]
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