BEHCHOKǪ̀, NT, Sept. 10, 2018 /CNW/ - Modern public infrastructure is key to supporting the unique needs of northern communities. Investing in social infrastructure helps bring communities together, transfer skills and experience, identify new opportunities and open doors to a better quality of life for families living and working in the North.
Today, Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Alfred Moses, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Government of the Northwest Territories; and Clifford Daniels, Chief of the Community Government of Behchokǫ̀, attended the grand opening of the community's new water and sewer truck garage.
This project involved the addition of a six-bay garage next to the existing four-bay garage as an extension to the public works buildings of Behchokǫ̀. This new structure will be used to properly secure and maintain the fleet of vehicles needed to distribute clean water and to ensure continued efficient wastewater management for the residents of Behchokǫ̀. These upgrades are essential to keeping our waterways clean and our communities healthy and livable.
"Water and wastewater treatment infrastructure is essential to maintaining clean waterways and healthy communities. The Government of Canada, along with our territorial partners, committed to making sure northern communities obtain the support they need to address local infrastructure priorities. Projects like the one we are celebrating today in Behchokǫ̀ are vital in safeguarding and building stronger communities for years to come."
Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories, on behalf of François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"The Community of Behchoko continues to focus on key infrastructure investments which address essential needs and their identified priorities. The establishment of this garage will assist in ensuring the servicing and care of many community vehicles. The Government of the Northwest Territories is proud of our ongoing partnership with the Government of Canada to support project funding that will develop strong and sustainable communities and enable community governments to better meet the needs of their residents."
The Honourable Alfred Moses, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Government of the Northwest Territories
- The Government of Canada contributed $1,159,000 for the six-bay garage project through the Small Communities Fund (SCF) and the Community of Behchokǫ̀ contributed $386,334 for a total eligible cost of $1,545,334.
- The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- $2 billion of this funding will support infrastructure projects that meet the unique needs of rural and northern communities, such as facilities to support food security, local access roads and enhanced broadband connectivity. This funding also includes the $400-million Arctic Energy Fund to advance energy security in the territories.
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For further information: Kate Monfette, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-301-0894, [email protected]; Jay Boast, Communications and Website Advisor, Department of Municipal and Community Affairs, Government of the Northwest Territories, 867-767-9162 ext. 21044, [email protected]; Louisa Wedzin, Senior Administrative Officer, Community Government of Behchokǫ̀, Phone: (867) 392-6500, Cell: 867-446-4955, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, [email protected]