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Federal Government delivers $7.8 million to Nunavut for infrastructure projects

Federal Government delivers $7.8 million to Nunavut for infrastructure projects

Investing in infrastructure is vital to creating good jobs today and sustained economic growth for years to come. Modern, efficient community infrastructure contributes to a high quality of life by helping connect people to jobs, improve water systems, and support new business opportunities.

The Government of Canada has now provided Nunavut with $7.875 million for community infrastructure through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF), representing the first of two installments for 2016−17. In total, Nunavut will receive more than $15.7 million this year through the federal GTF.

GTF funding will support water, wastewater and solid waste projects that will increase the health and well-being of Nunavummiut, and protect the sensitive Northern environment. From a $10.3 million project in the Hamlet of Igloolik to upgrade its water reservoir and improve its water treatment system, to a planning study in Cape Dorset to determine the scope of wastewater system upgrades, no other federal funding program provides Nunavut with as much flexibility and decision-making power.

The two GTF installments for this year are in addition to funds going to Nunavut under other existing programs and the new Clean Water and Wastewater Fund, which is part of Phase 1 of the Government of Canada's 10-year, $120-billion Investing in Canada plan. A bilateral agreement for this new fund will be signed in the next weeks.

Quick Facts

  • The GTF has provided over $135 million to Nunavut communities since its introduction in 2005.
  • $2 billion is made available nationally each year through two installments.
  • The GTF provides Canadian municipalities with a permanent, predictable and indexed source of long-term funding.
  • It offers the flexibility to make strategic investments across 18 different project categories, including roads and bridges, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.
  • In Nunavut, the categories of funding are water, wastewater, solid waste and capacity building. The funds can be used immediately for priority projects, banked for later use, pooled with  other communities for shared infrastructure projects or used to finance major infrastructure expenditures.
  • Phase 1 of Investing in Canada provides $11.9 billion in investments to support public transit systems, green infrastructure projects, and social infrastructure projects. Details on Phase 2  of Investing in Canada will be announced over the next months.

Quotes

"The federal Gas Tax Fund allows communities to direct federal dollars to their particular infrastructure priorities across a wide range of project categories. Whether a community needs to expand their recreational centre, enhance a wastewater treatment system or make energy-saving upgrades to municipal buildings, this funding offers predictable, reliable and flexible support that reflects the federal government's commitment to investing in infrastructure that supports the middle-class and makes a real difference in people's lives at the local level."

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, 
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"The federal Gas Tax Fund helps the Government of Nunavut to realize our long-term plans. The flexibility of the fund allows us to respond to needs as they arise in our communities, which is a much needed benefit when accommodating unique challenges in our territory. We continue to work with Canada to see that investments are made to benefit Nunavummiut."

The Honourable Joe Savikataaq, 
Minister of Community and Government Services
Nunavut Chair, Hudson Bay Roundtable
Minister of Environment
Minister of Energy

Related Products

Federal Gas Tax allocations for Nunavut communities in 2016-17.

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From Government of Canada, News Release