Canada confirms funding for the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway

Mar 12 2013

YELLOWKNIFE (March 11, 2013) – The Government of the Northwest Territories today received confirmation that Canada will provide an additional $50 million in support for the construction of an all-weather highway from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk, raising their total commitment for the project to $200 million.

The road would be the northernmost portion of the Mackenzie Valley Highway project, which would extend all-weather road access from Wrigley to Tuktoyaktuk, starting with the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk portion. If approved by the Legislative Assembly in this Session, construction can begin within days.

Premier Bob McLeod welcomes Canada’s commitment, calling it a positive step forward for a project that is important to the Northwest Territories and all of Canada. “Providing all-season access to the Arctic coast will further Canada’s sovereignty interests, improve capabilities for search and rescue, and enhance economic opportunities,” he said. “The Government of Canada’s commitment underscores the importance of this project for Canadians.”

Transportation Minister David Ramsay says the federal government’s support is an important milestone for a project that will improve the economy of the Northwest Territories and the economic well-being of the Beaufort Delta’s residents. “Improvements to transportation infrastructure are a proven way to develop opportunities for growth and employment,” he said. “The Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk highway project is the right project, coming at a time when it will benefit the residents of the Beaufort Delta region the most. We thank the Government of Canada for its commitment to the people of the Northwest Territories.”

The Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk project is a strategic infrastructure investment that will strengthen and diversify the economy of the Northwest Territories and create employment and business opportunities where they are most needed, priorities of the 17th Legislative Assembly.

For further information contact:

Brenda Norris
Media Liaison
Office of the Premier
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: 867-669-2302
Email: brenda_norris@gov.nt.ca