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NEWS: Around the Arctic May 25, 2016 - 11:45 am

CanNor to dish out another $6.4M under Canada 150 scheme

Liberals double down on Conservative handout program they once attacked

JIM BELL
In this famous portrait, the Fathers of Confederation are depicted at an 1864 conference in Quebec City that led to the creation of the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Trudeau government is handing out an additional $150 million to municipalities and quasi-municipalities across Canada. The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency is in charge of handing out the dough across Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. (PUBLIC DOMAIN IMAGE)
In this famous portrait, the Fathers of Confederation are depicted at an 1864 conference in Quebec City that led to the creation of the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Trudeau government is handing out an additional $150 million to municipalities and quasi-municipalities across Canada. The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency is in charge of handing out the dough across Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. (PUBLIC DOMAIN IMAGE)

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is forging ahead on the once-derided Canada 150 local infrastructure funding scheme, which sparked a chorus of opposition boo-birds when Stephen Harper’s Conservative government announced it a year ago.

Under it, the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency will hand out an additional $6.4 million across Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Yukon between now and 2017.

The money is intended for use by municipal, regional and Indigenous governments to help pay for recreational or cultural infrastructure, in honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

Under the first phase, announced in May 2015, CanNor got $6.4 million as its share of the $150-million Canada 150 fund, which was to be distributed through the federal government’s network of regional economic development agencies.

At the time, opposition politicians heaped scorn on the Harper announcement, with some denouncing it as a politically-motivated slush fund.

But now that they’re in power, the Trudeau Liberals are doubling down on the program.

In a May 25 announcement, the Trudeau government announced an additional $6.4 million for the northern territories — part of an additional $150 million to be distributed across Canada.

“By providing support to renovate, expand and improve cultural and regional infrastructure, we will ensure these spaces will continue to be enjoyed by Canadians for years to come,” Navdeep Bains, the minister responsible for CanNor said in a May 25 news release.

This year’s second phase of Ottawa’s Canada 150 handouts are supposed to support two priorities: “ensure a better future for Indigenous peoples” and “promote a clean growth economy,” the release said.

The following types of organizations in Nunavut, the NWT and Yukon are eligible to apply to CanNor for Canada 150 money:

• municipal or regional governments;

• band councils or Aboriginal government authorities established by a self-government agreement or a comprehensive land claim agreement;

• incorporated not-for-profit organizations;

• a provincial entity that provides municipal-type infrastructure services to communities, as defined by territorial statute; and,

• public-sector body that is established by or under territorial statute or by regulation, or is wholly owned by a province, municipal or regional government providing municipal-type infrastructure services to communities.

CanNor is accepting applications at any time. There’s more info available at the CanNor website.

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