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Harper Government Invests in Canada's North

Canada's Economic Action Plan improves roads and bridges, creates jobs

QIKIQTARJUAQ, NUNAVUT--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2010) - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister Responsible for the North and Minister of Health, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) announced today that Nunavut's Community Access Road Program will be expanded this year. This investment by the Government of Canada was made possible with funding from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency through Canada's Economic Action Plan.

CanNor is investing more than $1.3 million through the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) to the Government of Nunavut to help build community access roads and to upgrade or replace community bridges.

"This is creating valuable local employment opportunity for Nunavut residents, as over 100 short-term jobs will be created during the construction period," said Minister Aglukkaq, "Nunavut will benefit from increased access to potential mineral deposits and community gravel sites, supporting long-term economic development."

"Expanded roads and bridges will provide communities with greater access to nearby land and water resources, and support the development of commercial fishing, hunting and tourism," said Minister Strahl. "Those industries play an important role in the territory's economy, and through our Economic Action Plan, these investments will help ensure their continued growth."

"Enhancement of the Community Access Road Program is a principal objective of the Nunavut Transportation Strategy," said Peter Taptuna, Nunavut's Deputy Premier and Minister of Economic Development & Transportation. "These roads link our communities to adjacent resources on the land, and are vital to the continuation of traditional activities such as hunting and berry-picking, as well to the growth of the local tourism industry. Current demand for funding for these roads far exceeds the available financial resources, and so we welcome CanNor's support for this important program."

The two-part initiative will support the following work:

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      A total of $819,000 will be used to upgrade, repair or replace community bridges in Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Arviat, Coral Harbour and Resolute Bay. A surplus bridge in Pangnirtung will be dismantled and shipped to Cambridge Bay. An estimated 46 part-time, short-term jobs will be created through this project.
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      CanNor will provide a further $500,000 over two years to help build 15 community access roads in 13 Nunavut communities. The majority of these funds will go directly toward labour costs, creating over 400 person-weeks of employment. During the same period the Government of Nunavut will contribute $1 million to road construction through its Community Access Roads Program.

As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the CAF is a $1- billion national program that provides economic stimulus in communities impacted by the global recession. The fund will provide $32.8 million to the three territories between 2009 and 2011.

The CAF is one of a suite of economic development programs that fall under the mandate of CanNor in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and Yukon. CanNor is responsible for coordinating and delivering federal economic development activities in the territories, and for policy, research and advocacy.

For copies of CanNor news releases, visit: http://www.north.gc.ca/index-eng.asp

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit and for more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit www.northernstrategy.ca/index-eng.asp.

For more information, please contact
Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
Press Secretary
819-997-0002
or
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency,
Nunavut Region
Karen MacKenzie
Communications Advisor
867-975-4537
or
Government of Nunavut
Tracy Sarazin
A/ Manager, Communications
Department of Economic Development & Transportation
867-975-7809





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