Bernadette Jordan, Canada’s minister of rural economic development, and David Akeeagok, deputy premier of Nunavut, announced funding for a sewage lagoon rehabilitation project in Kugaaruk, Nunavut.

“Modern public infrastructure is key to supporting the unique needs of northern communities,” said Bernadette Jordan, minister of rural economic development. “Investing in green energy and wastewater projects in Nunavut communities provides residents with more reliable services, protects the environment, and supports local economic growth. These investments go hand in hand with improving job opportunities, family income, and the quality of life for those living and working in the North.”

The funding will help increase the existing capacity of the system to treat and manage wastewater. The project includes the construction of a temporary wastewater management system that will be used to remove content from the current lagoon to ensure proper cleaning and preparation for full construction. As a result, residents will have more reliable wastewater treatment services.

“Nunavut welcomes this important federal funding to help fill critical gaps in our territory’s infrastructure,” said David Akeeagok, deputy premier of Nunavut. “Investments in the community energy and wastewater treatment projects announced today will help make Nunavut a cleaner and safer place to live and work. The Government of Nunavut looks forward to working with our federal partners to implement these important projects that will certainly contribute to the overall well-being of Nunavummiut.”

The Government Nunavut is contributing over $1.6 million for the wastewater project while Qulliq Energy Corporation is contributing more than $7.6 million in the energy projects.

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