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The Case for Investing in Northern Infrastructure

The Case for Investing in Northern Infrastructure

Margaret Melhorn

The School of Public Policy
It’s September, it’s Canada, and that means winter is coming. And in Canada’s North, that means winter road season. The Northwest Territories (NWT), with an area of 1.3 million square km, has only 2,200 km of all-season highways, augmented by 1,435 km of public winter roads. Only 19 of 33 communities have year-round road access, and four communities have no road access at all. Lack of road access contributes to community isolation and high cost of living and renders much of the territory’s vast resources uneconomic.

Why Canada needs continued investment in transportation infrastructure

Why Canada needs continued investment in transportation infrastructure

Kent Fellows

Globe & Mail
'Not since Sir John A. Macdonald's National Policy in the 1870s has Canada had such an opportunity to build such a monumental infrastructure project with the potential to transform the country's economy."

A 7,000-kilometre northern corridor in search of shared vision

A 7,000-kilometre northern corridor in search of shared vision

Claude Montmarquette and Andrei Sulzenko

Globe & Mail
Canada's history is full of examples of large-scale transportation infrastructure projects that have motivated growth and helped define a shared vision for the country. The Canadian Pacific Railway, the Trans-Canada Highway and the St. Lawrence Seaway are prime examples.

It’s time to look seriously at a new approach to infrastructure

It’s time to look seriously at a new approach to infrastructure

Jack Mintz and Claude Montmarquette

Globe & Mail
Canada has a major opportunity to position itself for sustained growth in the decades ahead. This opportunity is the creation of a new Northern Corridor, a multimodal infrastructure project (road, rail, pipeline, electricity generation and transmission, air and seaport facilities). It would connect Canada from sea to sea to sea and allow tidewater access to international markets for our renewable and non-renewable commodities.