Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Yukon Premier Sandy Silver have announced over $360 million in combined federal and territorial funding to improve road access in two mineral-rich areas: the Dawson Range in central Yukon and the Nahanni Range Road in southeastern Yukon.
In total, the Yukon Resource Gateway Project will help upgrade over 650 kilometres of road and build or replace numerous bridges, culverts, and stream crossings. Better road access will help Canadians and local businesses take greater advantage of the economic potential of Yukon’s natural resources, and set the stage for the long-term development of the territory’s growing mining sector.
“The Resource Gateway is one of the most significant projects ever undertaken in this territory and will have an incredibly positive impact on the Yukon economy,” Silver said. “I’m pleased to see the Government of Canada’s commitment to the Resource Gateway project. With this commitment, we will continue working with First Nations to complete the project agreements. First Nation agreement is essential to the continuation of the project and we look forward to working in partnership with them on this milestone development.”
In the Dawson Range, four separate public road systems will be upgraded. Improvements to the Nahanni Range Road will include upgrades from its junction with the Campbell Highway to the border between Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
In support of the Yukon Resource Gateway, the Government of Canada has committed to contributing up to $247,381,000 to this project. Following the development of project agreements with affected First Nations and environmental and socio-economic review, the Government of Yukon will contribute up to $112,802,000.
The Government of Canada funding is being made available through the New Building Canada Fund – National Infrastructure Component.