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03/04/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/04/2019 12:24

New funding for permafrost research to better protect Dempster and Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk highways from climate change

March 4, 2019 Inuvik, Northwest Territories Transport Canada

Climate change affects the North more than any other part of Canada and threatens the efficiency, safety and reliability of northern transportation. Improving our understanding of how to make our northern transportation system more resilient to the effects of climate is important given the key role transportation plays in the region's social and economic development.

Today, Mr. Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, on behalf of Wally Schumann, Minister of Infrastructure, participated in an event in Inuvik where they announced a new climate change adaptation research project under the Northern Transportation Adaptation Initiative.

The Government of the Northwest Territories will receive $800,000 to support research at test sites along the Dempster and Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk highways and to develop, manage and share a database of permafrost information. Starting this year and ending in March 2021, this project will support the Territory in managing research along highway corridors that are drawing researchers from across the country and around the world.

This project will improve our understanding of how climate change is affecting northern roads and highways built in permafrost regions. As a result, northern asset owners will be able to make informed decisions about design, construction, maintenance, and operations to increase resilience and better manage long term costs.