Joint news release with the Government of Canada
The renewal of public roads and local water and wastewater systems is key to improving Yukoners’ quality of life by creating jobs, protecting waterways and positioning communities for growth.
Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable John Streicker, Yukon Minister of Community Services; and Deputy Mayor Lisa Snyder, Town of Faro, announced funding for water, sewer and road upgrades in the Town of Faro, Yukon.
The first component of this project will see upgrades to water mains and water service lines as well as the renewal of sanitary sewer mains. These improvements will provide residents with access to safer drinking water, improved water flows for firefighting, and increase the town’s capacity to manage sewage.
The project also calls for the replacement of more than three kilometres of public roads and utility access roads.
Through green infrastructure projects like this, northern communities are finding ways to protect the environment, optimize community resources, and improve the lives of citizens.
The Government of Canada is investing over $8.2 million in the project through the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Yukon Government will contribute over $2.7 million to this project.
Making sure northern communities have the infrastructure they need to provide modern water, sewer and road services is essential to protecting the environment and building a healthy sustainable future. These significant projects will help ensure the safety and wellbeing of residents and visitors in the Town of Faro.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
For 50 years now Faro has been a great place to work and live. These major upgrades to the community’s water, wastewater systems and roads will help improve the quality of life for Faro residents and reduce the town’s long-term repair and maintenance costs. We are pleased to work with the Government of Canada and the Town of Faro to make infrastructure investments that build healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities.
The Honourable John Streicker, Minister of Community Services
Faro provides great drinking water and the upgrades to the water lines will help us to maintain that. Our water and sewer lines are aging, so having all these upgrades will help us to remain sustainable in the future and allow us to continue providing excellent water and sewer services to our residents. Without the help of the federal and Yukon government, the Town could not manage these upgrades and we thank them for providing funding sources for our infrastructure needs.
Deputy Mayor Lisa Snyder, Town of Faro
Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing 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.
$25.3 billion of this funding is supporting social infrastructure in Canadian communities.
$2 billion of this funding is supporting 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 is being delivered through the Arctic Energy Fund to advance energy security in the territories.
$4 billion of this funding is supporting infrastructure projects in Indigenous communities.
On June 27, 2019, the Government of Canada launched two new strategies: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy, which commits to connect all Canadians to high-speed internet, and Canada’s first Rural Economic Development Strategy, which will spur economic growth and create good, middle class jobs for rural Canadians across the country.
The Rural Economic Development Strategy leverages ongoing federal investments and provides a vision for the future, identifying practical steps to take in the short term, and serving as a foundation to guide further work.
Central to Canada’s Connectivity Strategy are historic new investments that are mobilizing up to $6 billion toward universal connectivity. They include a top-up to the Connect to Innovate Program, a new Universal Broadband Fund, and investments from the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Bonnie Venton Ross
Communications, Community Services
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