The Government of Canada announced $4,150,000 in federal funding to improve ventilation in four public buildings in the Northwest Territories.

“Improving methods to limit public exposure to airborne viruses such as COVID-19 continues to be a priority; the health and safety of our residents is paramount. We know that we are more susceptible to airborne viruses when we are indoors. I am pleased to be working with our federal partners to improve the air quality in our indoor public spaces and to mitigate the spread of airborne viruses like COVID-19 in the NWT,” said Diane Archie, Minister of Infrastructure, Government of Northwest Territories.

Funding will be used to install a new ventilation system at Paul William Kaeser High School in Fort Smith. Improvements will also be made to existing ventilation systems at the Fort McPherson Health Centre, the Whatì Health Centre, and Yellowknife’s Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. Through this investment, these facilities will become safer and more comfortable for visitors and workers.

“Through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream, our government is taking strong action to support community infrastructure needs and local economies in the North and across the country at a time when it is needed most. The investments we are making today to support essential ventilation upgrades to public spaces will benefit northern communities and ensure residents and visitors have clean safe air,” said Michael McLeod, MP for Northwest Territories.

Featured image: Yellowknife’s Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. (Northwest Territories Tourism)

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