Nunavut gets $194 million for infrastructure, transit projects

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Several communities across Nunavut will receive federal and territorial funding for construction of crucial infrastructure.

Projects are aimed at transitioning to a low-carbon future, and improving essential services such as health care, public transportation and drinking water systems.

“From increasing public transportation options in northern communities to improving critical water access, long-term care facilities, and more energy-efficient infrastructure, these projects support our commitment improving the health and well-being of Nunavummiut, while protecting the environment,” said Sean Fraser, minister of housing, infrastructure and communities.

Projects include:

  • Rankin Inlet – construction of a 24-bed seniors long term care home that will operate in an energy efficient manner with low greenhouse gas emissions
  • Municipality of Sanikiluaq – design and construction of a new water treatment facility
  • Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay, Grise Fiord – build new water treatment facilities

“This Green and Inclusive Community Buildings funding is a prime example of the Katujjiluta mandate approach to partnerships; It demonstrates collaboration and partnership between two levels of government committed to dignity and care closer to home for Nunavummiut. This funding helps us build more Elder care capacity in Nunavut and give future residents safe, healthy, and more accessible lives,” said John Main, Minister of Health, Government of Nunavut.

The federal government is providing $130 million from various programs including the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program, the Rural Transit Solutions Fund (RTSF), as well as the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). The Government of Nunavut is investing $64,863,750 while the hamlets of Pond Inlet and Resolute Bay are contributing a combined $76,755.


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