In a sting showing of commitment to the north, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau traveled to the Yukon to announce over $360 million in combined federal and territorial funding being allocated to improve road access in two mineral-rich areas: the Dawson Range in central Yukon and the Nahanni Range Road in southeastern Yukon.
In total, the Yukon Resource Gateway Project will help upgrade over 650 km of road and build or replace numerous bridges, culverts, and stream crossings.
In the Dawson Range, four separate public road systems will be upgraded. Improvements to the Nahanni Range Road will include upgrades from its junction with the Campbell Highway to the border between Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
“The Resource Gateway is one of the most significant projects ever undertaken in this territory and will have an incredibly positive impact on the Yukon economy. I’m pleased to see the Government of Canada’s commitment to the Resource Gateway project. With this commitment, we will continue working with First Nations to complete the project agreements. First Nation agreement is essential to the continuation of the project and we look forward to working in partnership with them on this milestone development,” said Sandy Silver, Premier of Yukon, in a media release.
In support of the Yukon Resource Gateway, the Government of Canada has committed to contributing up to $247,381,000 to this project. Following the development of project agreements with affected First Nations and environmental and socio-economic review, the Government of Yukon will contribute up to $112,802,000.