The Federal Government will be providing almost a half million dollars in funding for infrastructure upgrades in both Yellowknife and Hay River.
Announced on Monday, Michael McLeod Member of Parliament for Northwest says that Ottawa will provide four hundred and fifty thousand dollars to develop safer spaces for children and adults to socialize and exercise.
Although the announcement was just made, the funds were actually distributed last fall says Stacey Barnes, Council Administrator in Hay River.
McLeod says that Yellowknife has received $150,000 dollars and $50,000 dollars more will be invested to complete their projects. Meanwhile Hay River has received a larger sum of $300,000 dollars and will invest an additional $120,000 dollars.
According to a news release, the funding went towards two projects – upgrading Yellowknife’s McMahon Frame Lake Trail by creating wider lanes for safer cycling.
Money also went towards improving the downtown core in Hay River.
Barnes says the community really needed the upgrade and it also beautifies the area just ahead of the Arctic Winter Games.
The funding is coming from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, – a three hundred million dollar initiative designed to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and invest in community spaces.