A total of $21.5 million has been announced for infrastructure projects in Yellowknife as a part of a $69 million investment throughout the territory.
The work will include $21.2 million for the replacement of the city’s aging water and sewer pipes and $320,000 to make the city’s public transit system more accessible.
Canada’s minister of infrastructure and communities, Amarjeet Sohi, made the announcement in Edmonton on Tuesday.
“Infrastructure is the foundation of the Canada we want to build for tomorrow,” said Sohi.
“The Government of Canada recognizes that we need a solid partnership with all orders of government to support infrastructure and create good, well-paying jobs that can help the middle class grow and prosper today.”
The investments are being funded under two new federal programs: the public transit infrastructure fund and the clean water and wastewater fund.
About 75 per cent of the work will be paid for by Ottawa, while local governments will kick in the remaining $17 million. The funding is retroactive to April, meaning projects can proceed without delay.
The money for Yellowknife’s transit system will go to creating accessible bus stops, sidewalks, wheelchair ramps and bus pull-out areas.
Across the territory, the funding will allow several other communities to upgrade their water and sewage infrastructure, namely:
- Yellowknife: Water and sewer pipe replacement
- Yellowknife: Sewage lift station #5 piping rehabilitation and replacement
- Yellowknife: Supervisory controls and data acquisition system upgrades for pumphouses and lift stations
- Yellowknives Dene First Nation: Sewage lagoon upgrades
- Hay River: West truck filling station
- Norman Wells: Improvements to water lift station
- Norman Wells: Lagoon upgrades and improvements
- Norman Wells: Water and waste water infrastructure assessment
- Norman Wells: Sewer main replacement and rehabilitation
- Behchokǫ: Piped water and sewer assessment
- Behchokǫ: Water supply study
- Whatì: Sewage lagoon upgrade
- Territory-wide: Northern piped water and sewer research
- Fort McPherson: Piped water and sewage priority upgrades
- Fort McPherson: Water treatment plant upgrade
- Fort McPherson: Piped water and sewage assessment
- Fort Providence: Water treatment plant intake replacement study
- Fort Resolution: Sewage lagoon
- Paulatuk: Sewage lagoon improvements
- Sachs Harbour: Water treatment plant
- Tuktoyaktuk: Wastewater truck discharge and lagoon upgrades
- Tulita: Water treatment plant upgrade
- Jean Marie River: Water treatment plant influent pipe upgrade
- Łutselk’e: Sewage lagoon upgrade
- Nahanni Butte: Water treatment plant retrofit
- Fort Smith: Water and sewer infrastructure replacement
- Inuvik: Sewer outfall replacement
- Inuvik: Second water reserve tank
- Fort Simpson: Water and sewer road enhancements