“The government should be looking at how it can do more for our communities, not less.”
WHITEHORSE – Yesterday it was revealed by the Official Opposition that despite previous claims by the Minister of Community Services, the Yukon Liberal government is making changes to the funding formula for federal money going towards infrastructure projects, a move that will negatively impact rural communities.
Currently the Government of Canada covers 75% while the Government of Yukon covers 25% of the costs for community infrastructure projects. However, the Yukon Liberals are now saying that for at least $155 million of upcoming infrastructure money, they will no longer cover the 25%. This means that smaller communities that do not have the financial resources will either be unable to access this critical infrastructure funding, or forced to make cuts or go into debt.
“The Liberals’ plans to remove their support for community infrastructure projects will make life more difficult for rural Yukon, and it completely contradicts their campaign slogan that All Communities Matter,” said Geraldine Van Bibber, Official Opposition Critic for Community Services. “The government should be looking at how it can do more for our communities, not less.”