Communities in the Northwest Territories will soon be seeing some upgrades.

The Territory’s Government signed a bi-lateral agreement today with the Government of Canada to ensure that the 33 communities across the NWT will receive better long-term infrastructure.

A celebratory hug to kick off the agreement.

The agreement will provide over $570 million to the Territory, spread out over ten years.

During the announcement, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs Caroline Cochrane stressed the importance of receiving help for our communities.

We have just 44 000 residents in the territory but we have 33 communities… This money is critical to the North and we can’t do this alone – we need the Federal Government.

Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi was at the announcement. He spoke regarding the need to connect all of Canada even further, and that begins with Infrastructure.

Long-term investments in infrastructure are key to building a strong Canada–connecting people, creating well-paying jobs, and building our economy and our communities for the future. We are pleased to reach a new agreement with the Northwest Territories to invest in infrastructure projects that will benefit Northern communities for years to come. Collaboration and partnership have been at the heart of the success of our Investing in Canada plan and we will continue to work with provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous communities, stakeholders, and Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

The agreement is part of a larger, country-wide movement to create greener infrastructure. All in all, over $33 billion will be invested in the country’s infrastructure in the next ten years.

The money will go towards supporting a cleaner economy to help lower carbon emissions.