The governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories announced joint funding for 15 community infrastructure projects across the Northwest Territories.

The federal government is investing over $16.6 million in these projects through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) and the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Northwest Territories’ communities and Indigenous recipients are providing over $8.7 million towards these projects.

“Investments in community and recreation infrastructure projects, like the ones announced today, are essential to the health and well-being of Canadians,” stated Michael McLeod, MP for the Northwest Territories.

Among the projects funded, upgrades to Tuktoyaktuk’s water treatment plant will benefit residents by providing cleaner and more reliable drinking water and ensuring the long-term functioning of the plant. In Tulita, the construction of a Dene cultural centre will create a central gathering place for residents and visitors alike to celebrate and preserve the Dene culture.

“The projects being funded will help to revitalize much needed community infrastructure, invest in local economies and open public spaces for community members to come together safely and foster the sharing of cultural knowledge,” added Shane Thompson, Territorial Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs.

“The Water Treatment Plant upgrade will provide the Incorporated Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk with the proper equipment to ensure that we continue to provide our residents with clean, safe drinking water and meet the national drinking water standards,” said Erwin Elias, Mayor of Tuktoyaktuk.

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