Whitehorse, YT – The City of Whitehorse is investing over $5.1 million of its portion of the Canada Community-Building Fund, formerly known as the Gas Tax Fund, to purchase equipment to upgrade services and start water and wastewater projects across the city.

This includes reconstruction work on the Alaska Highway to connect Hillcrest to Whitehorse’s water supply network. The new water main will ensure that the growing neighbourhood will have improved access to reliable drinking water. In addition, the Two Mile Hill Booster Station’s pumps have had their motors refurbished and replaced, extending the life of the equipment.

There will also be improvements to the storm sewer drainage system at Fourth Avenue and Baxter Street as well as a new mobile steamer vehicle has been purchased to maintain city sewers during the winter months.

“As Whitehorse continues to grow, it is important that the City is using these funds to modernize and expand their water and wastewater systems to meet residents’ current and future needs. The Canada Community-Building Fund continues to be a reliable and valuable resource for Yukon First Nations, municipalities and communities across the territory.” – Minister of Community Services Richard Mostyn 

Quick facts 
  • As of June 29, 2021, what was once known as the Gas Tax Fund, has been renamed the Canada Community-Building Fund. This name change better reflects the program’s evolution over time and will not alter or modify the objectives or requirements of the program.
  • The Canada Community-Building 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 2021-22 allotment of the Canada Community-Building Fund for the City of Whitehorse was $8,290,820.30 plus a one-time top-up of $7,928,219.42.
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  • As of June 29, 2021, what was once known as the Gas Tax Fund, has been renamed the Canada Community-Building Fund. This name change better reflects the program’s evolution over time and will not alter or modify the objectives or requirements of the program.
  • The Canada Community-Building 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 2021-22 allotment of the Canada Community-Building Fund for the City of Whitehorse was $8,290,820.30 plus a one-time top-up of $7,928,219.42.

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