Joint news release with the Government of Canada
Rural and northern communities have unique infrastructure needs. Investing in modern and efficient infrastructure supports local economic opportunities, which goes hand in hand with improving family income, job opportunities and quality of life for those living and working in the North.
Today, the Honourable Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable John Streicker, Yukon Minister of Community Services, announced joint funding of over $16 million through the Small Communities Fund for three infrastructure projects across the territory.
This funding will be used for planned improvements to the City of Dawson’s water and sewer infrastructure. It is also enabling important upgrades to the Na-Cho Nyäk Dun Water Treatment Plant to ensure residents continue to have access to clean drinking water. In addition, this funding has been used to install 12 kilowatts of solar modules and energy storage in Moosehide, which will reduce the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in’s reliance on diesel at this important community site.
Once completed, these projects will help to protect the local environment and keep communities in the territory healthy and sustainable.
Our partnership with the Government of Canada and collaboration with Yukon First Nations and municipalities is really helping us build and improve our communities. Projects to ensure access to clean drinking water and reduce diesel use improves the quality of life for Yukoners for today and the future.
The Honourable John Streicker, Minister of Community Services
Today’s announcement demonstrates Canada’s commitment to working closely with Yukon to meet the unique needs of small communities. Along with our partners, we are proud to invest in green infrastructure projects like the ones announced today that will help maintain sustainable communities and clean waterways—leading to a better quality of life for those living and working in the territory.
The Honourable Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Access to safe clean drinking water is critical to the wellbeing of our citizens. Today’s announcement represents an investment in one of our core infrastructure requirements and we thank the Government of Canada and the Yukon Government for their ongoing support.
First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun Chief Simon Mervyn
Reducing environmental impacts is a responsibility the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in take seriously. We are pleased to partner with other levels of government in bringing a clean, sustainable energy source to Moosehide and thank everyone who played a role in bringing twenty-first-century technology to our century-old gathering place.
Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Chief Roberta Joseph
Maintaining water and sewer infrastructure is a key municipal responsibility and an important part of building a sustainable community. We are thankful for the assistance received from Canada and the Yukon Government for these essential upgrades.
City of Dawson Mayor His Worship Wayne Potoroka
The Government of Canada is providing $12,245,000 to these projects through the Small Communities Fund and the Government of Yukon is providing up to $4,150,000.
Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure 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.
Of this funding, $2 billion will support infrastructure projects that meet the unique needs of rural and northern communities like facilities to support food security, local access roads and enhanced broadband connectivity. In addition, $400 million will be delivered through the Arctic Energy Fund to advance energy security in the territories.
$4 billion of this funding will support infrastructure projects in Indigenous communities.
Bonnie Venton Ross
Communications, Community Services
Government of Yukon
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
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