$700,000 investment from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program funds Iqaluit upgrades
IQALUIT, NU, Dec. 21, 2017 /CNW/ - Iqalungmiut can enjoy a cleaner and healthier environment because of improved recreational and water systems thanks to a $699,915 investment from the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150).
The funding was announced today by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor).
The funding supports two projects in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The first investment is towards upgrading the Arnaitok Complex, which serves as the city's arena, fire department and city offices. The upgrades include the installation of a new boilers and heat exchange system to provide a clean energy upgrade to a system originally installed in the 1960s and to improve the climatic conditions in the arena.
The second investment supports improvements to the City of Iqaluit's water and wastewater systems. These upgrades will improve reliability and quality of the services by renovating and replacing key elements of the municipal infrastructure. The renovations to the water treatment system include new water quality analyzers, pumps and a new power supply system. The wastewater improvements involve new gas detection sensors, improved ventilation and new wiring systems.
These investments are a part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, a $300-million fund established to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday through investments in community spaces that bring Canadians together. Of that amount, up to $12.8 million is being invested across the three territories.
"Our government is pleased to work with the City Of Iqaluit on these infrastructure upgrades. This investment is a community-building project to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary. And there's no better way to mark this milestone than to celebrate the places that bring us together—the places that allow us to stay fit, unwind and connect with our friends and neighbours. That's how we establish the bonds of common understanding and friendship in a country where people come from every corner of the world. The values of openness, diversity and inclusion that define all Canadians are forged in our community spaces."
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor
"These improvements help to address a couple of the many infrastructure needs the City is currently facing, and we look forward to working with all levels of government on our other infrastructure requirements"
- Madeleine Redfern, Mayor, City of Iqaluit
- CanNor invested $257,415 for upgrades to the Arnaitok Arena Complex with the City of Iqaluit contributing $101,785. Total funding to improve the arena is $359,200.
- CanNor invested $442,500 for upgrades to water and wastewater systems with the City of Iqaluit contributing $147,500. The total funding to upgrade these systems is $590,000.
- Upgrades will improve energy efficiency and modernize equipment
- Heart of Nunavut community receives needed upgrades and renovations
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For more information about CanNor, visit cannor.gc.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
For further information: Karl W. Sasseville, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development , 343-291-2500; Media Relations, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, 343-291-1777, firstname.lastname@example.org; Media Relations, CanNor, 867-667-3210, email@example.com; Andrea Spitzer, Communications, City of Iqaluit, 867-979-5607, A.Spitzer@city.iqaluit.nu.ca