Residents of the Northwest Territories to benefit from improvements to community infrastructure

News release

Kakisa, Northwest Territories, May 6, 2021—The health, safety, and well-being of Northerners are the top priorities of the governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories. Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, both governments have been taking decisive action to support families, businesses and communities - and continue to look ahead to see what more can be done as we prepare to recover and build back better.

Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories; the Honourable Paulie Chinna, Territorial Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs; and Lloyd Chicot, Chief of the Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation, announced joint funding for improvements to seven community infrastructure projects across the Northwest Territories.

The Government of Canada is investing over $2 million in these projects through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS) and the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. Northwest Territories communities and Indigenous ultimate recipients are providing over $835,000 towards these projects.

Among the projects funded, a new arbour in the community of Kakisa will create a central family-focused space to gather for cultural activities and celebrations. Additional investments will provide an improved user experience through modern recreational and cultural facilities in Inuvik, Fort Smith and Fort Simpson, as well as cleaner and more reliable drinking water in Hay River. 

Once complete, these projects will improve the quality and accessibility of facilities in Northwest Territories communities for the benefit of residents and visitors.

All orders of government continue to work together for Northerners to make strategic infrastructure investments in communities across the territory when they need it the most.


“Cultural and recreational centres are at the heart of our communities. Federal funding will support seven projects in communities across the Northwest Territories, including construction of a new arbour in the Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation community of Kakisa, a family-focused space to gather for cultural ceremonies and celebrations. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, tackles climate change and builds more inclusive communities.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Community infrastructure is key to providing reliable, dynamic and inclusive services for residents. Today’s investments in community infrastructure across the Northwest Territories will ensure residents have access to modern and accessible spaces to connect and stay healthy.”

Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for the Northwest Territories

“I am very pleased that with this announcement we are able to demonstrate the continued collaboration between the Federal Government, the Government of the Northwest Territories, our Indigenous Governments and NWT community governments as they work towards enhancing and building sustainable community infrastructure. These projects in Kakisa, Inuvik, Fort Simpson, Fort Smith and Hay River will contribute to thriving, resilient northern communities.”

The Honourable Paulie Chinna, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs

Quick facts

  • Under the Investing in Canada Plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.

  • To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories:

  • Across the Northwest Territories, the Government of Canada has invested more than $451.6 million in over 100 infrastructure projects.

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Chantalle Aubertin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Jay Boast
Communications Planning Specialist
Municipal and Community Affairs, Government of the Northwest Territories
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