Project Overview

The Grays Bay Road and Port Project (GBRP) is a transportation system that, once completed, will connect the rich mineral resources of Canada’s Slave Geological Province, which straddles Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, to arctic shipping routes. The GBRP consists of a 227 km all-season road linking the northern terminus of the Tibbitt-Contwoyto Winter Road to a deep-water port at Grays Bay on the Northwest Passage.

The development of GBRP infrastructure will stimulate private investment in the Western Arctic, encouraging development of resource projects that will be able to transport a range of commodities to export markets throughout the world.

The GBRP will also connect Nunavut to the national highway and rail systems in the Northwest Territories via the Tibbitt-Contwoyto Winter Road, and in doing so, will forge the first overland connection between Canada and a deep-water port on the Arctic Ocean. The port will further serve as Canada’s first and only deep-water port in the Western Arctic, strategically located at the mid-point of the Northwest Passage.

The GBRP is a transformative project with significant national benefit that will help to define northern economic development throughout the 21st century. The project will help to bridge the significant infrastructure gap that Canada’s North currently faces by creating a transportation backbone that improves the quality of life in northern communities and overcomes barriers to regional economic and business development.

This effort will evoke the spirit of nation building that spurred construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad 135 years ago.

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