YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES -- (Marketwire) -- 03/27/13 -- The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council, today announced an investment in a two-year project to improve drainage infrastructure in Tulita, NWT.
"The Government of Canada is proud to invest in projects that prepare communities to participate in major resource development projects," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Something as basic as improving drainage can offer opportunities for local jobs, new business development and improved airport access for this fly-in community."
CanNor is investing $297,200 in a project that will repair local drainage culverts in Tulita to help protect existing roads and community infrastructure from rains and spring flooding. Most of the work can be done by local residents and will create up to 20 jobs. It will also make it possible to open up land in the community for commercial use to support potential oil and gas development in the region.
"Proper drainage is critical for the health of our roads and ensures that problems such as pooling of water, flooding, potholes and sagging of the roads are addressed," says Tulita Chief Danny Yakeleya. Good roads are important for community residents and our businesses and also provide economic development."
"Our Government remains focused on four priorities, as outlined by the Prime Minister, that Canadians care most about: their families, the safety of our streets and communities, their pride in being a citizen of this country, and of course, their personal financial security," concluded Minister Aglukkaq.
Investment for this project is made possible through the Aboriginal Economic Development (AED) suite of programs. AED is one of several economic development programs within CanNor. CanNor is responsible for coordinating and delivering Canada's economic development across the North through its contribution programs, and for related policy development and research.
For copies of CanNor news releases, visit: http://www.cannor.gc.ca.
Please visit these web sites to learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan and Canada's Northern Strategy.
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
NWT Communications Advisor
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