The Governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories boost Public Transit in the Northwest Territories



    YELLOWKNIFE, Nov. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Governments of Canada and the
Northwest Territories today announced over $1.27 million in funding for
community public transit infrastructure projects. Funding was provided under
the Canada-Northwest Territories Public Transit Agreement and Canada's Public
Transit Capital Trust.
    The projects receiving funding include: a minibus for Elders in Gameti;
public transit vehicles in Sachs Harbour, Lutselk'e and Hay River; bus
shelters, secure bike racks, signage for cycling trails, and pedestrian
walkways in Yellowknife; a trail system in Fort Smith; as well as path and
trail development and a Handi Bus transportation in Hay River.
    "Canada's Government is working with the Government of the Northwest
Territories and local communities to address important public transit and
active transportation needs," said Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs
and Northern Development. "These projects will make a difference to
communities in the Northwest Territories and support our Government's
commitment to provide Canadians with cleaner air, economic opportunities, and
an improved quality of life. And through our long-term Building Canada
infrastructure plan, we will continue to invest in modern, world-class
infrastructure in the Northwest Territories and across the country."
    "This is good news for the Northwest Territories and we know there is
more to come. We look forward to significant progress in the future to help
build a strong foundation for Northerners to be productive and responsible
partners in Canada," said Floyd Roland, Premier of the Northwest Territories.
    Michael McLeod, NWT Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs said,
"The nine projects announced today are the first projects selected to receive
Public Transit funds and these projects will improve both public transit
systems and active transportation infrastructure in the Northwest Territories.
These projects were scored and selected based on the program priorities of
sustainability, building on existing systems, project need and partnerships."
    The Government of the NWT circulated a call for applications, along with
information on the application guidelines and evaluation criteria, to all NWT
communities in April 2007 subsequent to the signing of the Canada-Northwest
Territories Public Transit Agreement. The projects announced today are the
recipients of funds allocated during the first two of three application
intakes. The final application deadline is March 1, 2008 where the remaining
funds of over $425,000 will be allocated to successful community public
transit projects. The scoring criteria for evaluating projects were developed
in partnership with the NWT Association of Communities. Project scoring
utilizing these criteria is completed by a team including GNWT staff from each
region.

    Funding for community public transit is one component of the partnership
investments Canada's Government is making in infrastructure. Through its
unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada plan, the Government will provide
long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet infrastructure needs
across Canada. Building Canada will support a stronger, safer and better
Canada. Over the last several months, the Government of Canada has met with
provinces, territories and the municipal sector to discuss the Building Canada
infrastructure plan and priority projects to be funded under the plan.




For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Office of Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700; Debbie
DeLancey, Deputy Minister, Municipal and Community Affairs, Government of the
Northwest Territories, (867) 873-7118; Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148


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