Residents of the Yukon to benefit from improvements to community infrastructure

News release

Haines Junction, Yukon, August 4, 2021—The health, safety, and well-being of Yukoners are the top priorities of the governments of Canada and Yukon. Investments in local infrastructure by both governments during this unprecedented time will help stimulate the economy, create well-paying jobs and address the needs of northern communities.

Today, the Honourable Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Richard Mostyn, Yukon Minister of Community Services, announced joint funding for 14 community infrastructure projects across Yukon.

The Government of Canada is investing over $44.7 million in these projects through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream (CCRIS), the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS), the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS), and the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of Yukon is providing over $10.1 million towards these projects.

Funding will support the development of modern and accessible recreational spaces, and provide more efficient and reliable drinking water and wastewater services for Yukon residents. Among the projects funded, upgrades to deteriorating water and sewer infrastructure in Haines Junction will improve access to drinking water and increase the municipality’s capacity to treat and manage wastewater. Upgrades to roadways and alleyways across the municipality will also help residents get around more safely and efficiently.

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

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

Quotes

“Making sure Yukoners have community centres, clean energy projects, and safe and reliable water and wastewater services is essential to building a healthy and sustainable future for communities. As we build back even better and consciously become more inclusive, Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds stronger, safer, and more resilient communities.”

The Honourable Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“The Investing in Canada Plan is helping Yukon municipalities, First Nations governments and unincorporated communities build sustainable and healthy communities, while creating economic development. These projects will improve access to clean drinking water and reliable wastewater systems, reduce greenhouse gases and build resilience to climate change and update recreational and cultural space for our communities.”  

The Honourable Richard Mostyn, Yukon Minister of Community Services

“The funding provided by the federal and territorial governments through the Investing in Canada Plan to rehabilitate our existing infrastructure and to drill a new well will allow the Village of Haines Junction to continue to provide safe, efficient and environmentally-sustainable water and sewer services to our community. This forward-thinking investment guarantees our community’s water security for the years to come.”

Village of Haines Junction Mayor Thomas Eckervogt

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. 

  • Across Canada, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic the Government of Canada has contributed $9.7 billion to 3,500 infrastructure projects.

  • The Government of Canada has invested more than $750 million in 115 infrastructure projects across Yukon since 2016.

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Emelyana Titarenko
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
873-355-9576
emelyana.titarenko@canada.ca

Bonnie Venton Ross
Communications Analyst
Department of Community Services, Government of Yukon
867-332-5513
bonnie.ventonross@yukon.ca

Dan Rodin
Chief Administrative Officer
Village of Haines Junction
867-634-7100, ext. 102
cao@hainesjunction.ca

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