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YELLOWKNIFE (March 28, 2017) – On April 1st, the Department of Transportation will be increasing 229 fines under the Northwest Territories Motor Vehicles Act regulations. The decision comes in an effort to make territorial roads safer for motorists, pedestrians and other users of the highway system.  Some of the violations that will result in an increased penalty include the following: Failure to wear seatbelt: increased from $115 to $172 Failure to stop for school bus: increased from $115 to $402  Failure to stop a vehicle at a red light: increased from $86 to $172. The Department continues to conduct public awareness advertising campaigns during the year in an effort to educate the travelling public and reduce the number of incidents on NWT public roads and highways. For a complete list of the new fines, please see the Summary Convictions Procedure Regulations that can be found on the Department of Justice website at: https://www.justice.gov.nt.ca/en/files/legislation/summary-conviction-procedures/summary-conviction-procedures.r1.pdf. For more information, please contact Greg Hanna, Communications Coordinator, at 867-767-9082 ext. 31046 or greg_hanna@gov.nt.ca.
YELLOWKNIFE (March 28, 2017) – The Department of Transportation (DOT) is pleased to announce the expansion of online services offered to Northwest Territories (NWT) residents, by adding driver’s licences and NWT identification card renewal services. The new services will result in less time spent by residents at Driver and Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices across the territory, and reduce the need to travel to other communities for those residents who don’t have a DMV office where they reside. This will also have a positive impact of the ability of DMV offices to serve other clients, by decreasing wait times and making for a more enjoyable client service experience. Other online services currently provided by DOT include vehicle registrations, commercial carrier permits, booking driver’s examinations, as well as e-notifications to clients who had requested email renewal reminders. For more information please contact Ioana Spiridonica, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at 867-767-9082 ext. 31042 or ioana_spiridonica@gov.nt.ca.
YELLOWKNIFE (March 20, 2017) – Minister of Finance, Robert C. McLeod announced today that the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has begun the formal procurement process for the Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road (TASR) by releasing the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an all-season road to Whatì. The RFQ is the first stage in a competitive selection process to procure the TASR through a Public-Private Partnership (P3) in accordance with the GNWT’s Public- Private Partnership Policy.  The RFQ invites interested parties to submit responses indicating their interest in, and qualifications for, the TASR project.  This includes an assessment on the technical and financial capacity to undertake the project.  Based on the responses to the RFQ, the GNWT intends to select a shortlist of up to three proponents to be invited to participate in the next stage of the procurement process, the Request for Proposals stage, pending a decision on the environmental assessment for the project. To ensure that interested parties have a full and complete understanding of the P3 process and the project, and are able to provide their best submissions of qualifications for the project, the GNWT will hold a Project Information Session (Industry Day) on March 29, 2017, at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife. Quotes “Construction of the Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road is a priority of the 18th Legislative Assembly.  The project is a critical piece of infrastructure that will result in significant benefits for the Tłı̨chǫ region and facilitate growth for the NWT economy.”-Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Finance “In addition to resulting in a lower cost of living in the area, and responding to ever increasing challenges generated by climate change, this project also has the potential to create a solid, reliable job market for our residents.”-Wally Schumann, Minister of Transportation Quick Facts The project is comprised of the design, build, finance, operation and maintenance of a 97km all-season gravel highway from kilometer 196 of Highway 3 to the community of Whatì. Related Links Public Private Partnership Policy   Media inquiries:Charlotte DignessMedia and Communications CoordinatorDepartment of ExecutiveGovernment of the Northwest TerritoriesTel: (867) 767-9140 ext. 11092E-mail: charlotte_digness@gov.nt.ca
YELLOWKNIFE (March 8, 2017) – The Department of Transportation (DOT) would like to announce the release of the 2015 Northwest Territories Traffic Collision Facts, as well as the 2015/2016 Annual Report of Registrar of Motor Vehicles. 2015 Northwest Territories Traffic Collision Facts contains information on various issues, such as impaired driving, speeding, young and old drivers, and the use of seat belts. The 2015/2016 Annual Report of Registrar of Motor Vehicles, meanwhile, presents a statistical summary of the vehicle and driver population in the Northwest Territories and a summary of revenue, driver testing activity, convictions and suspensions. To view these documents, please visit http://www.dot.gov.nt.ca/Documents or contact Ioana Spiridonica at 867-767-9082 ext. 31042 or ioana_spiridonica@gov.nt.ca.
Delivered on March 6, 2017 Mr. Speaker, the Department of Infrastructure is committed to working in partnership with Canada to make strategic investments in highway infrastructure. Today, I am pleased to provide an update on our efforts to secure funding for various highway projects across the territory.  In 2015 the Government of the Northwest Territories received federal approval for its first bundle of highway capacity improvement projects submitted under the New Building Canada Plan. The bundle was cost-shared with the federal government who provided $72 million or 75 percent, while the Government of the Northwest Territories provided the remaining $24 million or 25 percent of the total $96 million investment.  As a result, significant upgrades to every highway across the territory and to the Dettah Access Road were achieved. A second bundle of highway capacity improvements projects was approved last June. This time the federal government provided $60.7 million, while the Government of the Northwest Territories provided $20.2 million. The total investment of $80.9 million in funding will allow the Department of Infrastructure to enhance several access roads and bridges that are critical components of the NWT highway system. Projects include upgrades to the Jean Marie River and Nahanni Butte access roads, and the replacement of the James Creek Highway Maintenance Camp. Going forward, a third bundle of projects is being developed and will focus on a second phase of work on NWT highways and major roads in 2018 and 2019. Planning for the third bundle will be done as part of the capital planning process.   Mr. Speaker, these important investments in our transportation infrastructure help us connect communities to new social and employment opportunities, reduce the cost of living in the territory, improve the resiliency of our transportation system to climate change, and increase access to natural resources. In addition to improving the existing highway system, the Government of the Northwest Territories has identified three new NWT transportation corridors projects with strategic significance in its 25-year Transportation Strategy and mandate: the Mackenzie Valley Highway, Tlicho All-season Road, and Slave Geological Province Access Corridor. That is why I am proud to say that last month two federal funding announcements were made supporting the development of new highway infrastructure in the NWT. The first is for the construction of the Canyon Creek Access Road in the Sahtu region, which represents another step toward replacing the existing Mackenzie Valley Winter Road with an all-weather corridor. The project will provide access to granular resources and traditional Sahtu lands, which may be used for recreation, tourism, and business development.   Mr. Speaker, another important milestone was realized earlier this year when the federal government announced conditional funding for the Tłı̨chǫ All-Season Road to Whatì.  The 97 kilometre road will provide year-round access to residents of that community and will also benefit nearby communities by significantly increasing the length of operation of the winter roads to Wekweètì and Gamètì and helping to address a key impact of climate change in this region.  The all-season road will also help reduce the cost of living for residents and support economic development in the region by increasing access to mineral resources and boosting investor confidence. The Department of Infrastructure will continue to look for new opportunities to increase investment in the NWT transportation system in collaboration with our federal counterparts. We expect additional details regarding funding opportunities for trade and transportation corridors may become available with the upcoming Federal Budget. We are prepared to make the most of these opportunities to address our infrastructure deficit and improve transportation services in every region of the territory. Transportation infrastructure improvements result in a variety of economic and social benefits for northerners and all Canadians. Ensuring proper maintenance and upgrades to our highway system increases driver safety and improves our resiliency to climate change. Enhanced intercommunity mobility means new business, employment, educational, and health care opportunities for residents. Finally, improved road access will enable us to unlock the North’s full economic potential by providing better access to natural resources. The Government of the Northwest Territories has made a commitment in its mandate to capture opportunities for investment in transportation infrastructure. We are working to secure funding to advance the Mackenzie Valley Highway and we continue to undertake work to prove up the business case to advance a project that would see improved access into the Slave Geological Province. Our government will stay engaged with Canada on the status of our submissions and on any new developments in funding programs. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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