Chamber of Mines Applauds Yukon Resource Gateway Announcement
For Release: September 5, 2017
Whitehorse, Yukon – The Yukon Chamber of Mines (YCM) applauds the recent announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Yukon Premier Sandy Silver, confirming the Federal Government’s and Yukon Territorial Government’s combined support for the development of the Yukon Resource Gateway Project in the amount of $360 Million. Industry is also committed to contribute upwards of $108 Million towards a total budget envelope of $468 Million.
This significant infrastructure development project will help to upgrade over 650 kilometers of road and build or replace numerous bridges, culverts, and stream crossings to the Nahanni Range Road, Freegold Road, and the Dawson Range. In the Dawson Range region, four separate public road systems will be upgraded. Improvements to the Nahanni Range Road will include upgrades from its junction with the Campbell Highway to the border between the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
“We would like to thank the Governments of Canada and Yukon for recognizing the importance of strategic investments in northern infrastructure to increase the competitiveness of Yukon mining and exploration industry as outlined in the Levelling the Playing Field report” said YCM President Mike Burke. “The modern & responsible mining industry has historically driven the development of the Yukon for the benefit of rural Yukon communities as well as Canadians, and looks forward to continuing this leadership into the future.”
“Through this development, the Yukon mining industry will continue to partner with Yukon First Nation governments and rural communities to improve access to traditional territories and on employment and business opportunities” continued YCM President Mike Burke. “We support this visionary announcement by the Canadian and Yukon governments as a significant first step towards unlocking Yukon’s mineral wealth to be shared with all Canadians.”
To learn more about Yukon Resource Gateway Project, please visit www.yukonminers.ca Levelling the Playing Field Report:
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