YELLOWKNIFE (October 16, 2018) – Minister of Infrastructure and Industry, Tourism and Investment, Wally Schumann issued the following statement today on the opening of the Marine Training Centre in Hay River and Oceans Protection Plan funding announcement:
“Over the weekend, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the Government of Canada held an official opening for a new Marine Training Centre in Hay River. The new training centre which will be funded by Transport Canada through the Oceans Protection Plan will be supported by the GNWT through a lease for the training building at our Hay River shipyard.
“During the event, an announcement was made for an investment of $19.5 million, under the Oceans Protection Plan, to construct four double-hulled barges that will deliver fuel safely to Northern communities. As well, the Government of Canada announced a significant investment in harbor infrastructure in Hay River. This investment includes the construction of new floating docks and an extension of the concrete marginal wharf.
“These announcements mark an important milestone for the future of marine operations in the North. Increasing the safety and efficiency of marine resupply operations in the Northwest Territories is a priority for our government. The GNWT has made a mandate commitment to strengthen connections with public sector partners in transportation infrastructure, including working with the federal government to maintain federal community resupply port facilities and marine services in the NWT, to restore safe marine operating conditions in the Port of Hay River and at key sections of the Mackenzie River Corridor, and to improve charting and navigational aids. This past weekend, the GNWT, with our partners, took a giant step forward in realizing this commitment.
“Together, the opening of the Marine Training Centre, the construction of the new double-hulled barges, and the improvements to harbour infrastructure in Hay River will not only pave the way for job creation and economic opportunities for northerners, but supports marine training in the North and will improve the security, safety and resiliency of NWT marine operations.
“The Government of Canada continues to have an important role to play in supporting Northern development, and the GNWT appreciates their ongoing partnership and commitment to working with us to improve the lives of Northerners. As Minister of Infrastructure, I am proud of the achievements our government has made in strengthening operations along marine corridors and together, the GNWT and our partners will continue efforts to enhance the marine services residents rely on.”