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The Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway Project 
The following is the pre-construction archive website for the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway project, which was last updated in June 2013. Please visit the project website at for the most current information.

  Progress continues on planning for the construction of an all-weather road between Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk. The 2013 winter construction season is complete and the summer construction activities are underway.

The Highway's 
Project Description Report (PDR) an  Economic Analysis, and the current Risk Matrix for the project are available.

The PDR details how construction of the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway would be funded and how the management of the project would be implemented. 

Environmental Impact Review Board final panel report is also available, as well as the GNWT's response to the report.

The Economic Analysis examined four factors which are expected to receive overall economic effects of building an all-weather road from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk:
  1. Construction and maintenance
  2. Cost of living reduction
  3. Increase in tourism activity
  4. Impacts on the Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP) including natural gas field exploration and development in the Delta Region of the NWT.

Pingos along the Inuvik to Tuktoyakttuk Highway alignment.  Photo courtesy EGT Northwind Ltd.

The Risk Matrix assesses the current known risks of the project and outlines measures being taken to mitigate those risks.

The EIRB Final Panel Report on the project recommends that the project proceed, with conditions. The GNWT response provides the federal government with its position on each of the Panel's recommendations. Both the EIRB and the GNWT agree that the project can proceed without significant adverse environmental effects.

Other documents related to the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway Project can be found
here, while additional documents related to the environmental review of the project can be found on the EIRB website at Click on Registry Site for access (requires registration).

When constructed, the all weather road will have a significant net positive impact on all of these factors:    

  • More than 1,000 one-time and 40 long-term jobs would be created, plus another 860 and 9 long-term jobs in other parts of Canada.
  • Residents of Tuktoyaktuk would benefit from approximately $1.5 million in savings.
  • The federal and territorial governments would gain $55 million in revenues 
  • Tourism is projected to increase by $2.7 million annually, creating 22 full-time equivalent jobs in the NWT.
  • Energy sector exploration and well development costs would be reduced by $385 million over the 45 year operating period of the Mackenzie Gas Project pipeline.
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