Communities in the Northwest Territories will benefit from improved essential community and recreational infrastructure

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YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories, September 17, 2022 /CNW/ -Today, Michael McLeoddeputy of Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities; the Honorable Shane Thompson, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Minister of Lands and Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs; and Her Worship Rebecca Alty, President of the Northwest Territories Communities Association and Mayor of City of Yellowknifeannounced funding totaling more than $26 million for ten projects across the territory that will improve recreational infrastructure and increase protection against forest fires. Together, Canadathe Northwest Territories and First Nations communities are working to ensure the health and safety of all residents, to advance meaningful reconciliation, including economic reconciliation, and to strengthen First Nations communities across the North.

“With today’s announcement, we are helping to build strong and thriving communities across the Northwest Territories. By investing in recreational and cultural infrastructure, we ensure that residents have access to greater opportunities to connect and practice their traditions and cultures. And through our investments to better mitigate the effects of wildfires, we are ensuring that infrastructure, like the projects we announce, and residents are better protected against natural disasters,” said Michael McLeoddeputy of Northwest Territorieson behalf of the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.

“This financial contribution from the Government of Canada to improve resistance to forest fires and to invest in cultural and recreational projects, represents the collaboration of all levels of government and a common commitment to protect and improve the quality of life of residents of the NWT. It represents the spirit of cooperation needed to meet the needs of residents and strengthen communities,” said the Honorable Shane Thompson, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Minister of Lands and Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs.

By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada grows our country’s economy, builds the resilience of our communities and improves the lives of Canadians.

Part of the funding announced today will enable the Communities Association of the Northwest Territories, in collaboration with the Government of Northwest Territories, to work with small, remote communities to create firebreaks and implement fuel reduction strategies for more than 1,200 hectares of land. When completed, this work will reduce the risk of wildfires across the territory and provide tens of thousands of residents with better protection from the devastating effects of wildfires, protecting their homes, businesses, livelihoods. and the environment.

Additional funds will support nine recreational infrastructure projects across the territory, including funding for Butte Nahanni, which will support the development of a modern stage for live performances that will be equipped with performance instruments and sound boxes for live performances and recreational activities. Once completed, this new cultural hub will allow community members to celebrate diversity and preserve their culture.

“This announcement is great news for NWT communities. It’s such an important demonstration of how, by working together, we can accomplish so much more. The development work done by the GNWT Forestry Division with community governments to produce community plans of the groundwork needed to enable us to meet the demand and now we are all moving forward in partnership to see all pare fires built and NWT residents and assets protected,” said Her Worship Rebecca Alty, President of the Northwest Territories Association. of Communities and Mayor of City of Yellowknife.

The government of Canada invest more $24.5 million in these projects.

Fast facts

  • Federal funding is conditional on meeting all requirements related to consultation with Aboriginal groups.

  • The government of from Canada funding for these projects comes from the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (FAAD), the Community, Culture and Recreational Infrastructure (CCRIS) component of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and the Canadian Community Building Fund (CCBF).

  • Under Invest in Canada Plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion more than 12 years in public transport, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transport routes projects, and from Canada rural and northern communities.

  • Over the past six years, the government of Canada invested more than $329 million in more than 90 infrastructure projects across the Northwest Territories through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure program.

  • During this period, more $47.9 billion has been invested in communities across Canada support modern, world-class public infrastructure, including more than $4.8 billion for recreational, cultural and disaster mitigation infrastructure projects.

  • DMAF was launched in 2018 as a $2 billion, a 10-year program to help communities build the infrastructure they need to better withstand natural hazards such as floods, wildfires, earthquakes and droughts. The 2021 budget provided DMAF with additional budget $1.375 billion over 12 years.

  • To date, more $2.1 billion was announced through DMAF for 71 infrastructure projects that will help protect communities across the country from the threats of climate change.

  • Infrastructure Canada helps address the complex challenges Canadians face every day, from the rapid growth of our cities, to climate change, to environmental threats to our waters and lands.

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