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NEWS: Nunavut October 12, 2012 - 5:00 am

Ribbon-cutting officially opens Kugluktuk’s new hamlet office building

"This new facility will help the people of Kugluktuk to grow and have a bright future.”

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Kugluktuk's new hamlet office building officially opened Oct. 11, with a ribbon-cutting and words from Lorne Kusugak, Nunavut's minister of Community and Government Services. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GN)
Kugluktuk's new hamlet office building officially opened Oct. 11, with a ribbon-cutting and words from Lorne Kusugak, Nunavut's minister of Community and Government Services. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GN)

People in Kugluktuk celebrated the official opening of their new, two-storey hamlet office building on Oct. 11.

“Improving infrastructure in Nunavut is part of our government’s plan to create jobs, promote growth and strengthen our communities,” said Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, who is also the federal health minister and minister of the Canada Northern Economic Development Agency.

“Our government was pleased to provide funding for the Kugluktuk hamlet office. This new facility will help the people of Kugluktuk to grow and have a bright future.”

The 748-square-metre, wood-frame building brings all hamlet employees together under one roof. The goal is to “increase productivity, improve service to the public and reduce operating costs,” the Government of Nunavut said in an Oct. 11 news release.

The new hamlet office also follows energy-efficient building standards, which will significantly reduce energy costs.

Up to $5.7 million of this $7-million building was covered by the provincial-territorial base fund, with the GN covering the balance.

Through the Provincial-Territorial Base Funding Agreement, Nunavut will receive a total of $182.7 million from Ottawa for core infrastructure priorities such as water, waste water, clean energy, and safe roads.

“This new hamlet office assists the community of Kugluktuk in providing services to the public more efficiently, and will serve residents and staff of Kugluktuk for many years to come,” said Lorne Kusugak, Nunavut’s minister of Community and Government Services.

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