Today, the governments of Canada and Yukon have announced an investment of up to $6,150,000 in Yukon’s water systems.
Member of Parliament for Yukon, Larry Bagnell, and Yukon Minister of Highways and Public Works, Richard Mostyn, announced joint funding of more than six million dollars for two projects in Haines Junction. The federal government is providing up to 75 per cent of funding for these projects—over $4.6 million. The territorial government is providing up to 25 per cent of funding for these projects—just over $1.5 million of total eligible costs.
“The foundation of a healthy, sustainable community is clean drinking water and effective sewage treatment facilities. We are pleased the Government of Canada is partnering with us in building water and sewer infrastructure to improve the lives of Haines Junction residents,” said Minister Streicker.
Left to right: Yukon Member of Parliament, Larry Bagnell; Yukon Minister of Highways and Public Works, Richard Mostyn; and Mayor of Haines Junction, Michael Riseborough.
The investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Yukon for the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund reached in July 2016, which represents $52,280,275 in federal funding.
Haines Junction lagoon upgrades will cost approximately $4,641,000 with a total federal contribution of $3,480,750. Under the Small Communities Fund, the Haines Junction Lift Station Replacement will receive $2,557,500 in federal funding towards a total eligible cost of $3,410,000. Construction has started on the lift station. Work on the lagoon was expected to begin in May of this year.