Federal Gas Tax Fund grants NWT $16.5 million for local infrastructure

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The Government of Canada has committed $16.5 million, through the Gas Tax Fund, to help local governments provide municipal services for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

The GTF  is a long-term fund to help address local infrastructure needs in communities all across Canada.

Infrastructure Canada will send the $16.5 million to the NWT. From there, the territory will distribute the funding to local governments.

The federal and provincial governments have a bilateral agreement in place to help the flow of funds.

This year the GTF will be delivered in one full single payment to help communities recover from the pandemic.

The $16.5 will be allocated to the following 33 communities in the NWT as follows:

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The Federal Gas Tax Fund delivers over $2 billion every year to 3,600 communities.

The given communities will choose how to spend the funding with the flexibility to make strategic investments across the following 18 different project categories:

Provinces and territories are still responsible for reporting back to the federal government on all projects supported by the GTF.

CKLB radio has reached out to multiple members of the GNWT for comment on how they plan on spending the GTF.

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