Behchoko, N.W.T. — Representatives of the territorial and federal governments were on hand in Behchoko, Northwest Territories recently to announce $96 million in federal-territorial funding for infrastructure projects across the territory.
The projects supported include upgrading five main highways and various community roads, a new 1,500-square-foot youth centre in Colville Lake, a cold storage garage in Trout Lake and rehabilitation of a community access road in Behchoko, a media statement indicated.
The Government of Canada will provide approximately $72.1 million through the Small Communities Fund for these projects, the Government of the Northwest Territories will contribute $23.8 million and the local governments will contribute the remaining $354,700.
Of the federal infrastructure spending targeted for the next decade, $2 billion is intended to support infrastructure projects that meet the needs of rural and northern communities, such as facilities to support food security, local access roads and enhanced broadband connectivity, the statement said. The funding also includes the $400-million Arctic Energy Fund to advance energy security in the territories.
“With the announcement of these projects we are proud to say that all 33 communities in the N.W.T. have now received approval for their Small Communities Fund projects,” commented Caroline Cochrane, N.W.T. minister of municipal and community affairs, in the statement.