Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, and John Streicker, Minister of Community Services for the Government of Yukon, announced funding for three projects that will build or improve infrastructure in three communities across Yukon.
One project is the construction of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre in Dawson to enable youth to pursue traditional hobbies and activities such as music and fine arts. In Carcross, residents will benefit from clean water with upgrades and expansion to the sewage lagoon and the construction of a new lift station. In Watson Lake, retrofit upgrades to the administrative building will improve energy efficiency, lowering costs, and improving comfort for employees and visitors.
“Protecting the health and safety of Canadians is our first priority. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, investing in infrastructure in Yukon is essential to ensure the speedy recovery of our economy, provide needed jobs, and protect the well-being of our communities,” said Bagnall. “This is a great example of how we are working with our partners to build stronger, more resilient infrastructure that will serve Yukoners now and in the future.”
The Government of Canada is investing over $6.5 million in these projects through the Investing in Canada plan, including the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS), Community Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS), Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS), and the New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – Small Communities Fund (SCF). The Government of Yukon is providing over $2.4 million, while the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation is contributing $50,000.