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Nunavut to receive $230M for water infrastructure projects


May 3, 2017
By Ground Water Canada

Iqaluit, Nunavut – The governments of Canada and Nunavut are pouring more than $230 million in joint funding for nine projects in 19 communities to upgrade solid waste management, and water and wastewater systems in the territory.

Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, is in Nunavut this week to meet with territorial and community leaders to discuss their infrastructure priorities. Today, Sohi joined Joe Savikataaq, Nunavut Minister of Community and Government Services, to announce the funding.

The investment will support important projects such as expanding storage capacity and enhancing water treatment and distribution in Arviat, Chesterfield Inlet and Sanikiluaq, the governments said in a news release. In Kugaaruk and Kimmirut, funding will support the design and construction of upgraded wastewater infrastructure. And in communities like Grise Fiord, Gjoa Haven and Igloolik, existing landfills will be upgraded to improve waste management and recycling services.

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The federal government is providing up to $30,948,435 through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and $141,574,759 through the Small Communities Fund towards these projects. Nunavut will provide the remaining $57,708,587.