The Road from Here
Building transportation infrastructure in remote areas is costly, and the GBRP is no different with total construction costs estimated at just under $500 million. This is infrastructure that will be accessible to all interested parties, but private sector funding alone will not make this project feasible. As a result, the Government of Nunavut and the KIA have developed an approach for financing the GBRP construction that envisions partnerships among federal and territorial levels of government, communities and industry, where each party provides the necessary contribution to make the project work. The Government of Nunavut and the KIA believe that a federal government commitment to support the GBRP under existing infrastructure funding programs is required. This effort will evoke the spirit of nation building that spurred construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad 135 years ago.
The Government of Nunavut and the KIA are actively seeking the support of the Government of Canada to help build the GBRP by contributing up to 75 per cent of eligible capital costs as offered under existing programs. A business case for funding has been developed and submitted to Infrastructure Canada under the National Infrastructure Component of the New Building Canada Fund. The Government of Nunavut and the KIA will assume responsibility for raising the remaining balance required to build the GBRP
The GBRP will be subject to a full environmental review conducted in accordance with the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and the Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act. The process will also allow extensive opportunities for public input and community consultation within both Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. As the GBRP co-proponent, land owner, and representative of the Kitikmeot region’s Inuit, the KIA will assume an important leadership role in the environmental review process. Extensive studies and baseline datasets have already been completed and are available to support development of a well-designed project and a robust assessment of potential effects.