Core Infrastructure

Wade Istchenko, MLA for Kluane

As submitted to the Whitehorse Star on Friday, July 12th, 2013
by Wade Istchenko, Minister of Highways & Public Works

Maintaining safe and reliable infrastructure is one of the most important priorities for Canadians.

It’s an issue that impacts not only government’s bottom line, but everyone’s day-to-day lives from the water we use to brush our teeth in the morning to the roads we drive on to get to work.

One only has to look at recent events around our country to see the impacts on daily life that occur when the quality and safety of our infrastructure is affected.

It is infrastructure that provides the foundation for our lifestyle through amenities such as highways, hospitals and recreation centres, and it is integral for present and future economic development and diversification.

With Territory’s lifestyle, safety and economy in mind, the Government of Yukon continues to invest in the development and maintenance of the infrastructure sustains us.

This year, the Government of Yukon is making hundreds of millions in investments in a number of key areas across the territory, including:

  • Upgrades to bridges;
  • Highway repairs;
  • Maintenance of highway equipment;
  • Airport upgrades;
  • School maintenance and construction;
  • Health care infrastructure construction and maintenance;
  • Land development;
  • Seniors housing construction;
  • Flood mitigation;
  • Weather station replacements;
  • Solid waste site upgrades;
  • Water and sewer improvements;
  • Rural water supply systems;
  • Building repairs;
  • Maintenance of historic sites; and
  • Recreation centre upgrades.

 

Ensuring that core infrastructure such as roads, bridges and airports can move people and goods in and products out will remain important part of not only Yukon’s future, but that of every region of Canada.

From Newfoundland and Labrador to Yukon, the importance of infrastructure development and maintenance has been highlighted as a key element of success.

As the most advanced territory in the North, the Government of Yukon will continue to play its part in infrastructure development and maintenance.

Through continued investment and partnerships with the Government of Canada, First Nations and municipalities, we will ensure that the territory’s water is clean, roads are safe and that Yukon continues to be a great place to live and invest.