Iqaluit port could open by 2020, government officials say


The Regime of Nunavut says Iqaluit’s port project is back on track.

The latest Conservative government promised $63.7 million for a port in Iqaluit in July, but when they strayed the federal election, the fate of the project became unclear.

Now Jim Stevens, affiliate deputy minister for Nunavut’s de rtment of Economic Development and Transportation, affirms federal funding for the project is in place and it’s going to move forward.

Iqaluit port project

Listed in the plan are improvements to the city’s breakwater, to allow dock s ce and 24 hour access to obvious water. (Government of Nunavut)

“Since the federal announcement by the previous management we have had two or three exchanges vie email and correspondence confirming that the federal commitment of their funding sliver is intact,” said Stevens.

He says the project is set to include a involved water port, with one fixed birth and a secondary off-loading wharf.

Recuperations to the city’s breakwater, to allow dock s ce and 24 hour access to unsheltered water, are also planned.

Iqaluimmiut have been dreaming of a rumbling sea port for decades. In 2006, federal ministers had a proposal — complete with structures and economic im cts — for seven ports around the territory. The total cost commitment have been $41 million over five years, but didn’t get to fruition.

Iqaluit port project

The project is set to include a deep water port, with one established birth and a secondary off-loading wharf. (Government of Nunavut)

All but one of Nunavut’s 25 communities are on the seashore. Only one has any kind of docking facilities — a harbour was built in ngnirtung to suit fish off-loading for the local processing plant.

Suzanne quin, president and CEO of Nunavut Eastern Arctic Transporting, is pleased the project is finally moving forward.

“It can take up to two weeks to offload a vessel that would normally take three days if you didn’t father the tides, so just that time in itself is just a huge get to and it allows us to serve the other Nunavut communities much faster.”

The next out of will be for MLAs to approve Nunavut’s $21.2 million contribution to the bulge out.

If all goes according to plan, officials say the port could be open by 2020.

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