Iqalungmiut’s water and wastewater infrastructure has been improved by investments from the local government and the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150).
The funding supports two projects in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The first investment was for improvements to the City of Iqaluit’s water and wastewater systems. The upgrades will improve reliability and quality of service by renovating and replacing key elements of the municipal infrastructure. The renovations to the water treatment system include new water quality analyzers, pumps, and a new power supply system. The wastewater improvements involve new gas detection sensors, improved ventilation, and new wiring systems.
“These improvements help to address a couple of the many infrastructure needs the city is currently facing, and we look forward to working with all levels of government on our other infrastructure requirements,” said Madeleine Redfern, Mayor, City of Iqaluit.
CanNor invested $442,500 for upgrades to water and wastewater systems with the City of Iqaluit contributing $147,500. The total funding to upgrade these systems is $590,000.
The funding was announced yesterday by Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor).
“Our government is pleased to work with the City of Iqaluit on these infrastructure upgrades. This investment is a community-building project to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary,” said Bains. “And there’s no better way to mark this milestone than to celebrate the places that bring us together—the places that allow us to stay fit, unwind and connect with our friends and neighbours.”
The second project to receive investment was to upgrade the Arnaitok Complex, which serves as the city’s arena, fire department, and city offices.
These investments are a part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, a $300-million fund established to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday through investments in community spaces that bring Canadians together. Of that amount, up to $12.8 million is being invested across the three territories.