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Study Examines Effect of Climate Change on Yukon Infrastructure

Posted on November 15, 2013
Funding was announced this week for an evaluation of the effects of climate change and permafrost degradation on transportation in Yukon. “Investments in our transportation infrastructure are crucial for the development and growth of Yukon,” Minister of Economic Development of the Government of Yukon Currie Dixon said. “The impacts of climate change mean additional resources are required to help ensure the sustainability of our northern transportation network and we are thrilled to sign this agreement with the Government of Canada.” The work [...]

Models for Success in Aboriginal P3s

Posted on November 12, 2013
Among the many unique challenges that First Nations communities face when adopting P3 models is the fear of the unknown. “One of the main challenges we face in our projects is getting communities to understand the process and what P3 means,” Jeffrey Frank, president of Quilcene Consulting, said at the “Models for Success in Aboriginal P3s” panel at the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships’ (CCPPP) 21st annual conference on November 7. “There’s a lot of education required because it is such a different approach. For example [...]

Iqaluit International Airport Improvement Project Moves Forward

Posted on November 11, 2013
The Government of Nunavut has announced it has signed the contract with Arctic Infrastructure Partners to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Iqaluit International Airport Improvement Project. In July, Arctic Infrastructure Partners was selected as the preferred proponent to deliver the project. Materials and equipment will be delivered during the 2013 sealift season and construction will begin in the spring of 2014. The project is expected to be completed at the end of 2017. “Today, with the signing of the contract with Arctic Infrastructure [...]

Yukon Town Funds Arena, Recreation Centre Upgrades

Posted on October 2, 2013
The Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF) will help the Town of Faro in the Yukon to upgrade its Recreation Centre and the Father Rigaud Arena. The CIIF is an investment under Canada’s Economic Action Plan which helps communities rehabilitate existing infrastructure. It is administered in the North by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor). The funding amounts to $70,350. “Our government is proud to contribute to projects that create sustainable, healthy and prosperous northern communities,” Yukon MP Ryan Leef said [...]

Transportation Infrastructure Upgrades in Whitehorse

Posted on September 17, 2013
Three significant initiatives that will improve transit corridors in Whitehorse took place this past summer thanks to a joint investment from Canada and Yukon under the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund. The first is a $2-million reconstruction project on Range Road, from Mountainview Drive to Crow Street, which is projected to be completed by the end of October. The project includes asphalt resurfacing, and the implementation of a multi-use pedestrian and cyclist pathway. The second project will widen the Robert Campbell Bridge to allow for the installation [...]

Nunavut Names Preferred Proponent for Airport Project

Posted on July 8, 2013
The Government of Nunavut has found a preferred proponent for the design, financing, construction, operation, and maintenance of the Iqaluit International Airport Improvement Project. The project will be partially funded by P3 Canada. Following a request for proposals and a stringent evaluation process, the Nunavut Government decided on Arctic Infrastructure Partners as their preferred partners. The hope is that materials and equipment for the project can be delivered during the 2013 airlift season, with construction slated to begin in spring 2014. The [...]

NWT Looks for $600M in Transportation Infrastructure

Posted on June 17, 2013
The Northwest Territories are looking for a significant investment in transportation infrastructure from the federal government under the New Building Canada Fund. The territory is reportedly asking for $600 million over 10 years, which would go toward infrastructure rehabilitation and improvement, all-weather seasonal road systems, and safety improvements for highways. The funding proposal was released under the name Corridors for Canada III: Building for Prosperity. “This plan proposes strategic investments in transportation infrastructure across all [...]

Quebec Completes $45M Expansion of Puvirnituq Airport

Posted on April 23, 2013
Officials inaugurated a new $6.5 million air terminal in Puvirnituq, a northern village in Nunavik on the Povungnituk River near its mouth on the Hudson Bay in northern Quebec. The governments of Canada and Quebec invested a total of more than $45 million in major improvements to this airport between 2009 and 2012. The airport improvements consisted of the following five projects: construction of a 1,300-foot extension to the runway, increasing its total length to 6,300 feet; enlargement of the aircraft apron; construction of a new garage that [...]

Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway Awaits Approval

Posted on February 4, 2013
The Environmental Impact Review Board (EIRB) has completed its review of the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway in the Northwest Territories. The Government of Northwest Territories is examining the review, which accepts approval of the project with conditions. The 140-kilometre road is expected to create year-round access to the Arctic coast and drive economic growth in the territories. Costs are expected to be around $300 million. “In the long term, there will be benefits from increased tourism, oil and gas development, and a reduction in the cost of [...]

3G and Internet Service Expansion for Northwest Territories

Posted on January 18, 2013
Infrastructure Canada, Northwestel, and Falcon Communications have announced that an additional 25 communities in the Northwest Territories will have access to enhanced third generation (3G) mobile internet services. The initiative will also support and enhance broadband internet service for 31 communities. The 3G service provides higher data transfer speed, allowing locals to use the latest wireless devices, tablets and smartphones, giving customers access to faster mobile internet and streaming. (For more on why this is important, read Cloudy with a [...]
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