The governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories are working together to make long-term infrastructure investments to create economic growth, build inclusive communities and support a low carbon, green economy-leading to a higher quality of life for Northern Canadians.
Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Wally Schumann, territorial Minister of Infrastructure; the Honourable Caroline Cochrane, territorial Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs; and Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, announced the signing of a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $570 million over the next decade in federal funding dedicated to infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada plan. The projects supported through this agreement will be cost-shared with the territorial government, municipalities and other partners. The Government of Canada is providing up to 75% of eligible expenditures for projects in the territories and for projects with Indigenous partners.
The Investing in Canada plan will see the Government of Canada make unprecedented investments in infrastructure across the Northwest Territories, while providing the flexibility for the Territory and its communities to identify their priorities and projects.
These investments will make a positive difference in communities, such as:
- better movement of people and goods
- clean air and water
- reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- smarter and more efficient cities
- sustainable water management
- public spaces that make communities great places to live
- better transportation and digital infrastructure for people living in remote communities
- energy security and reduced reliance on diesel in the North
Across Canada, more than $33 billion will be invested through new bilateral agreements with provinces and territories to support public transit, green infrastructure, recreational and cultural infrastructure as well as rural and northern communities. Provinces and territories will develop three-year plans that will provide information on how they will implement their infrastructure projects.
Source : Infrastructure Canada