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Building stronger communities across the Northwest Territories with federal Gas Tax Fund


Building stronger communities across the Northwest Territories with federal Gas Tax Fund

Canada NewsWire

First of two annual funding transfers now available for 33 communities across the territory

YELLOWKNIFE, Aug. 10, 2018 /CNW/ - Investing in local infrastructure supports the unique needs of Northern communities. The governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories are investing in modern public infrastructure that will help create jobs, while improving Northern Canadians' quality of life and contributing to stronger communities.

The Government of Canada delivered the first of two $8.25-million annual installments of the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) to the Northwest Territories. In total, the territory will be provided with $16.5 million this year through the fund.

The GTF is a long-term, indexed source of funding that supports local infrastructure projects across the Territory each year. The City of Yellowknife is planning to put its share into rebuilding some key local arteries to improve road safety and mobility. Once complete, residents in Tuktoyaktuk will benefit from a greener and cleaner environment thanks to an improved solid waste management system. In the Hamlet of Tulita, the funding will go towards a new multi-sport field and playground that will provide additional recreational and sports programming for residents.  

Roads, drinking water and recreation are only three of the 18 project categories eligible for funding under the program. This wide range demonstrates the flexibility of the GTF in allowing communities to direct their allocations to their most pressing local needs.


"The Government of Canada is proud to deliver this stable long-term funding that northern communities count on to develop and maintain their public infrastructure. By investing in infrastructure at the local level, the Government of Canada is helping grow the northern economy, promoting sustainable development in the Northwest Territories and the entire country."

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"The federal Gas Tax Fund makes a difference in people's quality of life in all Northwest Territories (NWT) communities. The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs administers the Fund in the NWT on behalf of the Government of Canada, and we help community governments build capacity in infrastructure planning and management. Communities themselves plan and manage how they use this funding, based on local priorities and needs – whether that's better roads, water and sewer upgrades or sport and recreation facilities. We appreciate this opportunity to work together with the Government of Canada in support of NWT community priorities."

The Honourable Alfred Moses,Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs

Quick Facts

  • The two federal Gas Tax Fund installments for this year flow to communities through the territorial government under the Investing in Canada plan.
  • Communities can invest across 18 different project categories. They can also use the funds immediately for priority projects, bank them for later use, pool the dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects or use them to finance major infrastructure expenditures.
  • Through its Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada will invest 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.

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2018-2019 federal Gas Tax Fund allocations in the Northwest Territories by community:


Northwest Territories' 2018-19 federal Gas Tax Fund allocations

The Government of Canada delivered the first of two annual $8.25-million federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) installments to the Northwest Territories. The funding will flow through the territorial government to the following 33 communities on a per capita basis. In total, the GTF will provide $16.5 million this year for local infrastructure projects.

2018-19 GTF allocations per community1


Ultimate Recipient

Allocation 2018-19



Community Government of Behchokǫ̀


Behdzi Ahda First Nation


Deline Got'ine Government


Yellowknives Dene First Nation (Dettah)




Fort Good Hope


Fort Liard


Fort McPherson


Fort Providence


Fort Resolution


Fort Simpson


Fort Smith


Community Government of Gamètì


Government of Northwest Territories (Capacity Building: Asset Management & Strategic Planning Support)


K'atlodeeche First Nation


Hay River




Ka'a'gee Tu First Nation


Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation


Nahanni Butte Dene Band


Norman Wells




Sachs Harbour


TthedzehK'edeli First Nation


Community Government of Wekweètì


Community Government of Whatì


Sambaa K'e First Nation










Pehdzeh Ki First Nation





1 Amounts exclude administrative costs.


Associated links

Investing in Canada, Canada's long-term infrastructure plan

Federal infrastructure investments in the Northwest Territories

The federal Gas Tax Fund

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