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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 [...]

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 [...]
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