Building Canada: Nunavut communities to benefit from $242 million Canada-Nunavut infrastructure agreement



    IQALUIT, NT, Feb. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - To better address the infrastructure
needs and priorities of Nunavut communities, the governments of Canada and
Nunavut today announced the signing of a Framework Agreement worth
$242.68 million under Building Canada, the Government of Canada's new
long-term infrastructure plan. The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the
Environment, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, with the Honourable Paul Okalik,
Premier of Nunavut, and the Honourable Levinia Brown, Minister of Community
and Government Services for the Government of Nunavut, participated in today's
announcement.
    "The signing of a Framework Agreement between the Government of Canada
and Nunavut will result in significant infrastructure initiatives that will
strengthen Nunavut's economy and communities, and contribute to a cleaner
environment," said Minister Baird. "Building Canada is helping to ensure that
Nunavummiut have modern, safe and efficient infrastructure. Our plan will also
support the economic and social goals of our Government's comprehensive
Northern Strategy."
    "This funding will greatly assist in providing Nunavut with some of our
much needed infrastructure. We look forward to working with our federal
partners in the delivery of the Building Canada plan in Nunavut," said Premier
Okalik.
    Through combining the Building Canada Fund and $25 million per year in
Base Funding (provided to each province and territory), an allocation of
$182.68 million will be available through to 2014 to help address core
infrastructure priorities at both the territorial and community level. An
additional $60 million will flow to Nunavut communities through the extension
of the Gas Tax Fund agreement from 2010 to 2014, bringing the total
infrastructure funding under the agreement to over $242 million.

    The Canada-Nunavut Framework Agreement outlines how the Building Canada
plan will operate in the territory. The two governments have agreed that
community infrastructure will be one of their priorities for investment under
the plan. The two governments will work together to address infrastructure
priorities, such as water, wastewater, green energy, regional and community
airports, community and intercommunity access roads and regional marine
facilities. Through the Agreement, the two governments will also establish a
mechanism for reporting to Canadians on the results of these investments.
    Through its unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure
plan, the Government of Canada will provide long-term, stable and predictable
funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada will
support a stronger, safer and better country.




For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries: Karine White, Press
Secretary, Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, (613) 991-0700; Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148; Rosemary
Kilpatrick, A/Director, Community and Government Services,  Government of
Nunavut, (867) 975-5325; For further information on the Building Canada plan,
visit www.buildingcanada.gc.ca


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