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Canada announces $35 mn for waste management system in Iqaluit

Modern public infrastructure is key to supporting the unique needs of northern communities. Investing in green infrastructure protects the environment and supports local economic opportunities, which goes hand in hand with improving family income, job opportunities and quality of life for those living and working in the North.


Canada announces $35 mn for waste management system in Iqaluit
Much-anticipated project will help improve the efficiency and standard of solid waste management in Iqaluit while reducing the environmental impact, including greenhouse gas emissions, and improving the City’s air quality. (Image Credit: Wikimedia)

Modern public infrastructure is key to supporting the unique needs of northern communities. Investing in green infrastructure protects the environment and supports local economic opportunities, which goes hand in hand with improving family income, job opportunities and quality of life for those living and working in the North.

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Lorne Kusugak, Minister of Community and Government Services; and Her Worship Madeleine Redfern, Mayor of the City of Iqaluit, today announced close to $35 million in joint funding to improve the City's solid waste management. The federal government is providing more than $26.2 million for this project and the City of Iqaluit is providing over $8.7 million.

Federal funding for the City of Iqaluit's new Solid Waste Facilities project comes from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, which is being delivered in Nunavut through an Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of Nunavut.

This project includes replacing the City's existing landfill, which has reached the end of its useful life. Thanks to this investment, the City of Iqaluit will construct a new landfill that is essential to the health and safety of the community and the protection of the surrounding environment. The project includes the development of a new recycling and eco-centre, composting, and new methods of waste collection for residential, commercial and industrial waste. Funding will also be used for the construction of a road to the landfill and the decommissioning of the existing site.

This much-anticipated project will help improve the efficiency and standard of solid waste management in Iqaluit while reducing the environmental impact, including greenhouse gas emissions, and improving the City's air quality.

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