Inuvik-to-Tuktoyaktuk Highway Enters its Second Construction Season

Nov 5 2014

INUVIK (November 5, 2014) – The second construction season of the Inuvik-to-Tuktoyaktuk Highway is now underway. By the end of this winter, significant progress is expected on approximately 95 km of the highly anticipated 137-km all-season highway between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk. Up to 600 people will be employed over the winter construction season with 70 per cent of workers expected to be northern residents.

This project is generating numerous socio-economic opportunities for the region. The new highway is the most northern section of the envisioned Mackenzie Valley Highway, which will connect Canada’s road network from coast to coast to coast. It will decrease the cost of living in Tuktoyaktuk by enabling goods to be shipped by road year-round, increase opportunities for business development, reduce the cost of job-creating onshore oil and gas exploration, and strengthen Canada’s sovereignty in the North.

This season will build on significant progress made during the past construction season. Last year, crews began construction on 120 km of new road bed at the north and south ends, moving over one million cubic metres of granular material. 

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada is contributing up to $200 million towards this project.
  • The Government of the Northwest Territories is contributing $99 million towards this $299-million project.
  • 338 workers were employed during the first season, and 78 per cent of them were local or northern residents (not including subcontractors).


“Entering into its second construction season, the new all-season highway continues to create jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity in the North. Our Government is proud to invest in infrastructure projects that will have a direct impact on the regional economy here in the Northwest Territories and across Canada.”

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of the Environment,
Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency,
Minister for the Arctic Council and Member of Parliament for Nunavut

“The Inuvik-to-Tuktoyaktuk Highway is a key part of northern plans for long-term economic development. It benefits all northerners by connecting remote northern communities, helping reduce the cost of living, enabling natural resource exploration and development, promoting scientific research, and supporting Canada’s strong sovereignty claims. As the northern-most segment of an envisioned highway through the Mackenzie Valley, it is an important step in turning northern potential into national prosperity.”

The Honourable Tom Beaulieu
Minister of Transportation


Associated Links


For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit:

To learn more about the Government of Canada’s focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada’s Economic Action Plan at

Learn more about the innovative engineering techniques used during the winter construction of the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway at



Vincent Rabault
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec


Megan Holsapple
Department of Transportation
Government of the Northwest Territories


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