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Manitoba and Nunavut to be linked by road

RANKIN INLET, Nunavut -- A new study has been launched which will examine the feasibility of creating a road link b...

RANKIN INLET, Nunavut — A new study has been launched which will examine the feasibility of creating a road link between Nunavut and Manitoba.

The Manitoba-Nunavut Route Selection Study was announced today by MP Nancy Karetak-Lindell and several other provincial and territorial dignitaries.

“This study is an important first step in the possible development of road infrastructure in Nunavut,” said Karetak-Lindell. “The results of this study could potentially provide great benefits to communities, visitors, and trade in the territory by linking Nunavut by road with the rest of Canada.”

The study will evaluate potential Nunavut-Manitoba road corridors in hopes of determining the best possible route. It will also include public consultations as well as socio-economic and environmental reviews. The study is expected to cost about $1.1 million, which will be paid by Transport Canada, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, the Province of Manitoba, the Government of Nunavut and the Kiyalliq Inuit Association.

“Manitoba and Nunavut have a close working relationship, which will only be enhanced by this road development between the two jurisdictions,” said Ron Lemieux, Manitoba’s Minister of Transportation and Government Services. “As the first step to road development, this study will provide the information we need to make an informed decision on the future location of a route.”

Planning for the study has been ongoing for two years, as it has taken that long to secure the funding.

“I am pleased that funds from the Government of Canada’s Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program are being used for the Manitoba-Nunavut Route Selection Study,” said federal Transport Minister David Collenette. “Nunavut faces distinct challenges in providing safe and efficient transportation and this study may be a step in broadening Nunavut’s transportation infrastructure base.”

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