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Teslin residents to benefit from four local infrastructure projects

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TESLIN, YK, Aug. 6, 2019 /CNW/ - Strategic investments in local infrastructure play a key role in ensuring Yukoners and their families have access to modern, reliable infrastructure that meets their unique needs.

Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable John Streicker, Yukon Minister of Community Services; and His Worship Gord Curran, Mayor of the Village of Teslin, today announced funding for four local infrastructure projects in Teslin.

The Teslin Tlingit Council will benefit from energy retrofits to their Administration, Justice and Finance buildings. The Village of Teslin will see the construction of a new public works storage facility, as well as energy retrofits to the Teslin Municipal Center.

Funding will also go towards a new fire hall, which will help provide emergency services to residents.

The Government of Canada is investing over $9.3 million in these projects through the Small Communities Fund. The Government of Yukon is contributing over $3.1 million to these projects.

Quotes

"Investments in public works and local infrastructure helps our communities provide efficient and reliable services for Yukoners. The projects will provide the residents of Teslin with modern facilities to provide a safer and more secure community. This is an excellent example of what Yukoners can do when we work together at all levels of government to build stronger, more self-sustaining communities."

Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"Teslin is a great example of the First Nation and the Village working together to serve the community. I'm very excited to see that the buildings that offer some of the town's core public services are being upgraded for energy efficiency. Retrofits to both the Village of Teslin and the Teslin Tlingit Council public buildings will bring down energy costs, and a new fire hall and public works storage facility will help Teslin offer better public services to their citizens."

The Honourable John Streicker, Yukon Minister of Community Services

"The Small Communities Fund is an essential source of funds for small, rural communities like Teslin that lack the tax base to meet infrastructure demands. Our new fire hall is needed to meet additional regional responsibilities, and relocating the public works storage yard is a long-standing item from our Official Community Plan. We are also constantly trying to be more energy efficient; therefore, the funding for an energy retrofit to our municipal building is welcome. " 

His Worship Gord Curran, Mayor of the Village of Teslin

"We, the Teslin Tlingit Council, believe in making our infrastructure as efficient and as green as possible. This funding contributes to our vision of governments working together for our future generations" 

Naa Sháade Háni (Chief) Richard Sidney, Teslin Tlingit Council

Quick facts

  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada 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.
    • $2 billion of this funding is supporting infrastructure projects that meet the unique needs of rural and northern communities like facilities to support food security, local access roads and enhanced broadband connectivity. In addition, $400 million is being delivered through the Arctic Energy Fund to advance energy security in the territories.
    • $4 billion of this funding is supporting infrastructure projects in Indigenous communities.
  • On June 27, 2019, the Government of Canada launched two new strategies: Canada's Connectivity Strategy, which commits to connect all Canadians to high-speed internet, and Canada's first Rural Economic Development Strategy, which will spur economic growth and create good, middle class jobs for rural Canadians across the country.
  • The Rural Economic Development Strategy leverages ongoing federal investments and provides a vision for the future, identifying practical steps to take in the short term, and serving as a foundation to guide further work.
  • Central to Canada's Connectivity Strategy are historic new investments that are mobilizing up to $6 billion toward universal connectivity. They include a top-up to the Connect to Innovate Program, a new Universal Broadband Fund, and investments from the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

Backgrounder

Teslin residents to benefit from four local infrastructure projects

Joint federal and territorial funding through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan will support four public and local infrastructure improvement projects.

The Government of Canada is investing over $9.3 million in these projects through the Small Communities Fund. The Government of Yukon is contributing over $3.1 million.

Project Information:

 

Project Name

Project Details

Federal Funding

Territorial Funding

Teslin Municipal Centre Green Energy Building Retrofits

Building energy retrofits to the Village of Teslin Municipal Building, including envelope, mechanical and electrical systems.

$975,000

$325,000

Teslin Fire Hall

New fire hall and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) facility for Teslin

$4,125,000

$1,375,000

Teslin Public Works Facilities

Upgrades to Village of Teslin Public Works facilities, including construction of new Public Works storage facility and site works.

$300,000

$100,000

Teslin Tlingit Council Public Building Green Energy Retrofits

Building energy retrofits to Teslin Tlingit Council's Administration, Justice, Finance, Longhouse and Lands Buildings, including envelope, mechanical and electrical systems.

$3,922,500

$1,307,500

 

Associated links

Investing in Canada Plan Project Map:
http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map

Federal infrastructure investments in Yukon:
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/investments-2002-investissements/yt-eng.html

Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:
http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html

Rural Opportunity, National Prosperity: An Economic Development Strategy for Rural Canada:
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/rural/strat-eng.html

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Ann-Clara Vaillancourt, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-697-3778, [email protected]; Kara Johancsik, Communications Analyst, Department of Community Services, Government of Yukon, 867-332-1237, [email protected]; Media Relations, Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected] CNW Group 2019


Source: Canada Newswire (August 6, 2019 - 5:15 PM EDT)

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