Joint funding has been announced for seven wastewater and solid waste projects across the Northwest Territories.
“Ensuring that communities across the Northwest Territories have modern wastewater and solid waste infrastructure is vital to building strong communities and ensuring capacity for future growth while protecting the environment,” said Michael McLeod, member of parliament for the Northwest Territories. “Through the Investing in Canada Plan, the Government of Canada invests in thousands of infrastructure projects in all areas of the country, creating jobs and strengthening communities at a time when it is needed most.”
Funding has been allocated to construct a berm around the Paulatuk sewage lagoon in the Hamlet of Paulatuk. In addition to this the Village of Fort Simpson is receiving funding for the construction of a lined wastewater sludge management site, a dedicated household hazardous waste area, and a reconfiguration of the landfill to better control access through a transfer station concept.
“In partnership, federal, territorial, Indigenous, and community governments are committed to investing in infrastructure projects with the intent of increasing the quality of life for NWT residents,” said Shane Thompson, territorial minister of municipal and community affairs. “To this end, we are further investing in projects that address communities’ needs for upgrades to solid waste and wastewater facilities. These projects will increase capacity at existing facilities to allow for safer and more efficient core infrastructure.”
The Government of Canada is investing over $5.1 million in these projects through the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of the Northwest Territories, Northwest Territories’ communities, and Indigenous recipients are providing more than $1.7 million towards these projects.