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Government of Canada invests in transportation infrastructure in Nunavut


The Government of Canada supports infrastructure projects that create quality, middle-class jobs and boost economic growth. Enhancing the northern transportation system supports and promotes economic growth and social development, offers job opportunities, provides greater connectivity for Northerners, increases its resilience to a changing climate, and ensures it can adapt to innovative technologies.

Today, Minister of Northern Affairs, the Honourable Dan Vandal, on behalf of Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced a major investment of $30 million for a project that will improve the safety, reliability, and efficiency of air transportation in Nunavut, by building new shelters to house heavy equipment essential for air operations, and to store cargo in the communities of Arviat, Kugaaruk, Taloyoak, Gjoa Haven, Kugluktuk, Pond Inlet, and Grise Fiord.

The project involves the construction of seven shelters to be leased to private-sector carriers and operators in these communities, where temperatures consistently fall below -30°C during winter months, making them reliant on snow removal and de-icing equipment, essential for air transportation.

Today, we are also announcing a top-up to the initial major investment of $22.5 million in 2018 for five airport terminals in Kugluktuk, Naujaat, Kimmirut, Whale Cove and Chesterfield Inlet.

This project involves replacing five outdated and undersized airport terminal buildings. The additional investments announced today will ensure the projects are fully completed to meet the needs of these airports.

Both projects are expected to have important economic, environmental and employment benefits for the region.


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