Work set to begin on first project under the Yukon Resource Gateway Program

Whitehorse based company Pelly Construction has been awarded the contract for the Carmacks Bypass Project, a $29.6 million investment to construct a new road and bridge near Carmacks. This project is a key component under the Yukon Resource Gateway Program and a collaborative effort between the Government of Yukon and Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation.

The project, which is anticipated to be complete in 2024, will allow industrial vehicles to bypass the community of Carmacks, creating an enhanced and safer flow of traffic for residents. It will also improve access to mining activities while enabling the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation to benefit from contracting, education and training benefits associated with the project. 

The Yukon Resource Gateway Program improves infrastructure to Yukon’s most mineral-rich areas. The Carmacks Bypass project is jointly funded by Canada and the Yukon and is the first project to be awarded under the program.

The Yukon Resource Gateway Program is one of the most significant construction programs in the history of our territory. By working closely with Little Salmon/ Carmacks First Nation, the Carmacks Bypass project will reduce heavy traffic and improve access to mining activities in the area. This is truly a collaborative effort that will provide employment opportunities for Yukoners and set our territory on course as we continue building more resilient infrastructure.

Minister of Highways and Public Works Nils Clarke

It is gratifying to see this project move a step closer to reality. The construction of a new bridge and local road will improve driver safety while supporting new social and economic opportunities in Carmacks. This project is another example of how Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.

MP for Yukon Brendan Hanley on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

We have been working closely with the Yukon government in a good way, with mutual understanding of the consultation process in spirit and intent. We look forward to establishing the same relationship with the proponent. 

Chief of Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation Nicole Tom

Quick facts 
  • The Yukon Resource Gateway Program is a jointly-funded program with the Government of Canada that will provide infrastructure funding for approximately 650 kilometres of needed upgrades to existing roads in areas of high mineral and mining potential in Yukon.

  • A new Project Agreement for the Carmacks Bypass and Nordenskiold River Bridge was signed with Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation in August 2021.

  • Six Project Agreements have been signed for seven components of the Yukon Resource Gateway Program to date. Future projects will follow as Project Agreements with Yukon First Nations are reached and implemented.

Contact 

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News release #: 
21-442