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Infrastructure In Nunavut What we have and What we need Nunavut Mining Symposium April 17,2012 Presented by Rhoda Katsak Director Community Operations.

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1 Infrastructure In Nunavut What we have and What we need Nunavut Mining Symposium April 17,2012 Presented by Rhoda Katsak Director Community Operations Qikiqtaaluk Region

2 Topics Covered  Airport Operations in Nunavut  Recent & Proposed Airport Projects  Marine Facilities in Nunavut  Roads in Nunavut  Community Access Road Program  Manitoba – Nunavut Road Project  Summary

3 Airport Operations in Nunavut Aviation is the life line for all Nunavut communities Any goods transported into Nunavut from November to July is by air Resource development requires aircraft and modern, safe airports and airport infrastructure Airlines have moved away from small aircraft for scheduled service and are now using ATRs,737s, Saabs and Dash 8s. Some of our smaller airports require restricted loads to accommodate.

4 Airport Operations in Nunavut (Cont’d) There are 25 Airports in Nunavut. The majority of the operations and maintenance of these airports are handled by the Hamlets (21) via contracts with the Nunavut Airports Division of the Economic Development and Transportation Department (EDT). There are 25 Community Aerodrome Radio Stations (CARS)…. 13 Private contracts, 10 Hamlet contracts and 2 Flight Service Stations – Rankin Inlet and Iqaluit. Annual Budgets - Airport Operations Budget $12.5 M CARS Budget $5.6 M

5 Airport Operations in Nunavut (Cont’d) Aircraft Movements in 2010  Iqaluit 20,176  Rankin Inlet 13,071  Cambridge Bay 6,251  Approximately 40 million kg of cargo is moved annually by air in Nunavut Fuel  Most Hamlets have Jet A fuel at their Tank farms. Jet B will have to be flown in and stored in barrels. Airside storage of fuel is discouraged due to limited apron space at most airports in Nunavut.  Petroleum Products Division (PPD) should be notified well in advance for major projects that will require large amounts of aviation fuel.  If the storage of barrels of fuel is required arrangements should be made with the Hamlets for off airport storage

6 Recent & Proposed Airport Projects Recent Projects  Heated Maintenance Garages at 5 sites  New Terminal building in Qikiqtarjuaq opened January 2012  Construction & Certification of Arctic Bay Airport February 2011  Flooring and space reconfiguration Rankin ATB 2011 Current Proposed Projects  Expansion of apron and ATB Rankin Inlet  Expand apron and ATB Baker lake  Expand apron and widen runway shoulder Cambridge Bay  Iqaluit International Airport Improvement Project. The scope of the project has been defined and a detailed cost estimate has been prepared. Negotiations are underway to secure funding through a Public private Partnership Agreement.

7 Marine Facilities in Nunavut Our Marine infrastructure is minimal and is designed for basic community freight requirements Nunavut communities depend on the annual marine resupply for food stuffs, construction materials, vehicles and other commodities that cannot be shipped economically by air. The GN provides annual maintenance and upgrade funding for community barge/ship landing areas to the tune of $500K annually. Over the past several years the GN has provided floating docks for Nunavut communities. Funds are available through our Small Craft Harbours Program for improvements to existing marine facilities. $500k annually.

8 Marine facilities in Nunavut (Cont’d) Feasibility studies have been commissioned by Transport Canada and the GN for multi-purpose marine facilities Rankin Inlet – Iqaluit – Pond Inlet – Iqaluit Small Craft Harbour studies have been completed for: Clyde River–Qikiqtarjuaq – Kugaaruk Chesterfield inlet – Repulse Bay - Sanikiluaq The Pangnirtung Harbour is being developed through Federal funding and is nearing completion at a cost of approximately $48 million. The project includes dredging of the channel and inner harbour and the construction of a wharf capable of handling 90 foot long vessels.

9 Roads in Nunavut Our road infrastructure is minimal and is designed only for community use There are no road links between Nunavut communities or to other parts of Canada The GN continues to invest in access roads and trails via the Community Access Roads Program. This program provides $500k annually to communities for the construction of roads and trails that provide access to hunting, fishing and recreational areas.

10 Proposed Manitoba – Nunavut Road Project Update In 2001 the Nunavut Transportation Strategy established a need for a road between Nunavut and Manitoba. The Nunavut- Manitoba Transportation Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Nunavut and Manitoba in 2008 a Business case Study was commissioned to establish a case for a Manitoba- Nunavut All-Weather Road. The Business Case Report was completed in February The Business Case was given approval by the GN’s Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs in March of 2011 A joint press release is expected to be issued by Manitoba and Nunavut in the very near future. Once this is done the findings will be presented to the Federal Government in an effort to secure further funding for the next phase of the project.

11 Proposed Manitoba – Nunavut Road Project Update (Cont’d) The next phase of the project is expected to include :  More detailed mapping, geotechnical investigations, engineering design and environmental studies  Initiation of a formal Environmental Impact Assessment of the project  Updated construction and maintenance estimates  More public and stakeholder consultations  Exploration of other funding models, such as Public Private Partnerships (P3s)

12 Summary The Mining industry is key component of a strong Nunavut economy with mines and mineral exploration in all regions of Nunavut. Nunavut’s existing transportation infrastructure is aging and is in desperate need of upgrading We must now consider infrastructure not only based on community needs but on the development of industry. This includes deep water ports, access roads to resources and improvements at our airports Most resource related infrastructure does not serve the needs of the public or the business community We must push for renewed federal funding for strategic infrastructure and pursue innovative funding models such as public – private – partnerships in order to take advantage of the opportunities available for economic growth and community development in Nunavut

13 Thank You Questions or Comments ? Questions that require further explanation may be directed to: Art Stewart – Department Economic Development & Transportation PH:


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