The Government of the Northwest Territories has announced that their funding application for the Slave Geological Province Access Corridor has been denied.

The Corridor was proposed as a way to connect the Slave region to Nunavut and to southern provinces. The connection would be for mineral and water pipeline access.

Minister of Infrastructure, Wally Schumann, listed securing funding for the Corridor as a part of the GNWT’s mandate.

Regarding the application denial, Minister Schumann said it’s unfortunate but the GNWT will apply again in the near future.

The Government of Canada recently informed the Government of the Northwest Territories that potential funding for the Slave Geological Province Access Corridor was not approved in the first round of funding submissions. However, there will future funding opportunities under the NTCF at which time our government will reapply.

While it is unfortunate that funding for the Slave Geological Access Corridor was not approved in the first round, the GNWT is still committed to pursuing other sources of funding for this priority project. We are looking forward to hearing from Canada on our funding application for the Mackenzie Valley Highway.

Schumann would add the potential road would help in the transition to more environment friendly minerals, such as lithium, nickel and cobalt.

The GNWT did not include a date for when the re-application would take place or when it would be processed.