Improving school zone safety in Whitehorse

Left to right: City of Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis, Yukon’s Minister of Community Services Richard Mostyn and Member of Parliament for Yukon Larry Bagnell announcing school zone improvements with Gas Tax Funds

Please note the first quote is from Member of Parliament for Yukon Larry Bagnell, on behalf of Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna.

This is a joint news release with the Government of Canada and the City of Whitehorse.

Investing in local infrastructure supports the unique needs of northern communities. The governments of Canada and Yukon are taking decisive action to invest in community infrastructure and stabilize the economy across Canada, while first and foremost ensuring that the health and safety of all Canadians are protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Today, Member of Parliament for Yukon Larry Bagnell on behalf of Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna, Yukon’s Minister of Community Services Richard Mostyn and City of Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis, announced $820,000 for safety improvements in school zones across the City of Whitehorse.

The City of Whitehorse will be improving pedestrian safety and calming traffic near several elementary schools with a variety of measures. Projects over the next two years will include a new sidewalk, zebra crosswalks, curb extensions, a mini-roundabout, a paved trail and LED pedestrian lights. 

The Government of Canada is investing $820,000 in this project through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF), a permanent source of federal funding for infrastructure investments.

Safe and accessible school zones contribute to making Canadian communities good places to live, work, raise families and that is why we are investing $820,000 in this project. By making improvements to school zones across the City of Whitehorse, we are creating safer environments for children, teachers and families walking to and from schools and everyone living in these areas.

Member of Parliament for Yukon Larry Bagnell, on behalf of Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna

I am pleased to see the City of Whitehorse using its federal Gas Tax Fund for a project to protect children, our most precious resource. Municipalities have many priorities and ensuring pedestrian safety in school zones is a major one. The Government of Yukon is pleased to partner with the federal government in helping Yukon municipalities and First Nations access the Gas Tax Fund. The fund provides reliable funding for projects that improve the health and well-being of all Yukoners and create economic opportunity.

Minister of Community Services Richard Mostyn

On behalf of Council I am pleased to see another one of our Capital Budget projects come to fruition thanks to federal Gas Tax funding. This project aligns with the safe and healthy communities vision in the City’s Sustainability Plan, and we’re hopeful that these improvements will enhance safety at all five school locations.

City of Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis

Quick facts 
  • For Jack Hulland Elementary School in Porter Creek, a sidewalk will be built on the west side of Fir Street between 14th and 12th Avenues, as well as a paved trail on the east side between 14th and 12th Avenues. Curb extensions at the crosswalk will be built and an adjacent intersection will be installed to calm traffic, reduce crossing distance and improve sightlines.

  • At Elijah Smith Elementary School in McIntyre subdivision, enhanced zebra markings will be painted on the pavement at the east-west pedestrian crossing at the Hamilton Boulevard and McIntyre Drive roundabout.

  • On Lewes Boulevard, enhanced zebra markings will be painted on the pavement and pedestrian-activated LED pedestrian signs will be installed.

  • On the south side of Wann Road, student drop-off at Holy Family Catholic Elementary School will be prevented and pedestrian illumination will be improved at the crosswalk. Curb extensions at the crosswalk will be installed to calm traffic, reduce crossing distance and improve sightlines. As well, a mini-roundabout at Wann Road and Basswood Street will be built to calm traffic and encourage student drop-off on the north side.

  • Enhanced zebra marks on pavement will be painted on Wann Road at school crosswalks.

  • At the crosswalk to Takhini Elementary School, enhanced zebra marks on pavement will be painted on Range Road. Curb extensions at the crosswalk will be installed to calm traffic, reduce crossing distance and improve sightlines.

  • The federal Gas Tax Fund is a long-term indexed source of funding for over 3,600 communities across the country. In recent years, it has supported thousands of projects annually.

  • The federal Gas Tax Fund has 18 project eligibility categories, including capacity building, sport infrastructure and roads. Communities can 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.

  • Over the past five years, the Government of Canada has invested over $850 million through the Investing in Canada Plan in over 250 projects across the Yukon.

Contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
Government of Yukon
867-334-9194
renee.francoeur@yukon.ca

Bonnie Venton Ross
Communications Analyst
Department of Community Services, Government of Yukon
867-332-5513
bonnie.ventonross@yukon.ca

Myles Dolphin
Manager, Strategic Communications
City of Whitehorse
myles.dolphin@whitehorse.ca
867- 689-0515

Chantalle Aubertin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-949-1759
chantalle.aubertin@canada.ca

News release #: 
21-161