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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 [...]

Government Awards Contracts for Alaska Highway Rehabilitation

Posted on July 17, 2012
This week, the federal government awarded a $4.9-million construction contract for the rehabilitation of kilometres 443 to 451 of the Alaska Highway in the Fort Nelson Area. This contract is in addition to the $3.3-million construction contract for a paving project at kilometres 250 to 258 of the Alaska Highway. The announcement came Monday from Bob Zimmer, member of parliament for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of Rona Ambrose, minister of public works and government services and minister for status of women. “The top priority of our government [...]

Fifteen New Infrastructure Initiatives Across Yukon

Posted on April 13, 2012
Federal and territorial governments announced today that significant investments will be made in key infrastructure projects across the Yukon. Our government's top priority is jobs, the economy and long-term prosperity,  said Ryan Leef, MP for Yukon in a release this week. Investing in infrastructure is one of the best ways to create jobs in Yukon and throughout Canada. From upgrades to local roads and bridges, to new water and wastewater infrastructure, these initiatives are key elements in ensuring sustained growth and economic prosperity across Yukon. Today's [...]

Canada's Northern Strategy Falls Short

Posted on September 1, 2010
A few days after Prime Minister Harper finished a five-day northern tour the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) released its report with key recommendations for the feds on Canada’s Northern Strategy which currently doesn’t address the estimated $400-million infrastructure deficit up north. The report, called On the Front Lines of Canada´s Northern Strategy, written by Dr. Ken Coates and Dr. Greg Poelzer of the University of Saskatchewan´s International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, found that northern communities have [...]

Kapuskasing Hydro Project Underway

Posted on June 9, 2010
Construction of Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) $2.6-billion Lower Mattagami Project in Kapuskasing is underway. The northern hydroelectric generating  project will increase Ontario’s supply of renewable power by about 440 megawatts. OPG’s partner in the project is the Moose Cree First Nation, which will have up to a 25 per cent equity share in the project. Brad Duguid, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure says that the project will help northern Ontario move toward a leadership role in developing a sustainable provincial energy supply while creating [...]

Nunavut Joins Climate Registry

Posted on September 28, 2009
The Territory of Nunavut has become the last provincial or territorial jurisidiction in Canada to join the  the Climate Registry, a non-profit collaboration among North American states, provinces and territories. This is a first step to tracking its greenhouse gas emissions. Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak said Nunavut recognized the "urgency" of the situation and is taking steps to curb emissions. Canada is expected to announce a mandatory reporting and reduction plan after the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen this December. [...]

Feds Fund Northern Hydro

Posted on June 1, 2009
Hydroelectric transmission lines and generation in Whitehorse, Yukon, may be the first infrastructure to get funding under the federal government's $1-billion Green Infrastructure Fund, part of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan. Brian Jean, parliamentary Secretary to John Baird, along with Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie, announced yesterday that the enhancement of existing hydro power infrastructure at the Mayo hydro facility along with Phase 2 of the Carmacks-Stewart transmission line will get federal funding. "By proactively developing [...]

Winds from the North

Posted on February 3, 2009
NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc. and the Council of the Haida Nation have formed a partnership that could lead to the development of Canada's first offshore wind energy project. The NaiKun project is located in British Columbia's Hecate Strait, between Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands) and the mainland. The partnership will be a commercial limited partnership to operate and maintain the NaiKun wind energy project after it has been built--with construction only set to begin in 2012, this is just a first step in a long process. Why long? Environmental [...]

Canada and Nunavut Partner to Strengthen Community Infrastructure Across Nunavut

Posted on September 5, 2008
Ottawa, Ont.-Yesterday, the federal government announced $24.4 million in joint funding to support economic and community projects-including three new community halls, one new community arena, three energy efficiency upgrades, a community hall retrofit and a job training program-in Nunavut communities. The Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund assists smaller communities across Canada in meeting their infrastructure needs in areas such as water, wastewater treatment, culture, recreation, tourism, and "green" projects that reduce community environmental impacts [...]
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