Joint news release with the Government of Canada
Investing in local infrastructure supports the unique needs of northern communities. The governments of Canada and Yukon are investing in modern public infrastructure that will help create jobs, while improving Northern Canadians’ quality of life and contributing to stronger communities.
The Government of Canada delivered the first of two $8.25-million annual installments of the federal Gas Tax Fund to Yukon. In total, the territory will be provided with $16.5 million this year through the fund.
The Gas Tax Fund is a long-term, indexed source of funding that supports local infrastructure projects across the Territory each year. The Carcross/Tagish First Nation is planning to put its share into the purchase of a new water delivery truck to continue to provide high quality water services to residents. In the City of Dawson, residents will enjoy an upgraded swimming pool, with improved access to aquatic activities for families and seniors from across the region. In the City of Whitehorse, the funding will go towards new and upgraded multi-use trails to promote active transportation such as walking and biking, encouraging healthy lifestyles.
Drinking water, recreation and local roads are only three of the 18 project categories eligible for funding under the program. This wide range demonstrates the flexibility of the Gas Tax Fund in allowing communities to direct their allocations to their most pressing local needs.
The Government of Canada is proud to deliver this stable long-term funding that northern communities count on to develop and maintain their public infrastructure. By investing in infrastructure at the local level, the Government of Canada is supporting economic growth while helping create a better quality of life for Yukon residents for generations to come.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
The Gas Tax is great for our communities. It provides reliable funding that Yukon municipalities and First Nations direct towards local infrastructure needs. The benefits go beyond improving infrastructure. These projects are creating jobs and economic opportunities that are helping build healthy, sustainable communities.
The Honourable John Streicker, Minister of Community Services
The two federal Gas Tax Fund installments for this year flow to communities through the territorial government under the Investing in Canada plan.
Communities can invest across 18 different project categories. They can also use the funds immediately for priority projects, bank them for later use, pool the dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects or use them to finance major infrastructure expenditures.
Through its Investing in Canada plan, 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.
Yukon’s 2018-19 federal Gas Tax Fund allocations
The Government of Canada delivered the first of two annual $8.25 million federal Gas Tax Fund installments to Yukon. The funding will flow through the territorial government to the following 8 communities, 14 First Nations, and unincorporated communities. In total, the Gas Tax Fund will provide the territory with over $16.1 million this year for local infrastructure projects.
2018-19 Gas Tax Fund allocations per community
|Ultimate recipient||Allocation 2018-19|
|Carcross/Tagish Frist Nation||$294,881|
|Carmacks, Village of||$236,442|
|Champagne and Aishihik First Nation||$458,703|
|Dawson, City of||$827,711|
|Faro, Town of||$236,442|
|First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun||$242,700|
|Haines Junction, Village of||$472,993|
|Kluane First Nation||$166,654|
|Kwanlin Dün First Nation||$356,769|
|Liard First Nation||$410,163|
|Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation||$259,689|
|Mayo, Village of||$236,442|
|Ross River Dena Council||$239,060|
|Selkirk First Nation||$276,678|
|Ta'an Kwäch'än Council||$204,667|
|Teslin Tlingit Council||$311,061|
|Teslin, Village of||$236,442|
|Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation||$319,555|
|Watson Lake, Town of||$827,711|
|White River First Nation||$141,171|
|Whitehorse, City of||$7,928,217|
 Amounts exclude administrative costs.
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Bonnie Venton Ross
Communications, Community Services
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