Newfoundland and Labrador, November 3, 2020—The safety and well-being of Canadians are top priorities of the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador. But the COVID-19 pandemic has affected more than Canadians’ personal health; it is also having a profound impact on the economy.

That is why governments have been taking decisive action to support families, businesses and communities, and continue to look ahead to see what more can be done.

Today, Yvonne Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Northern Affairs and Member of Parliament for Labrador, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, and the Honourable Derrick Bragg, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced funding for five projects to make communities safer and provide residents with better roads in Labrador.

Forteau residents will benefit from the paving of 1.3 kilometres of gravel community roads, Wabush will see the reconstruction of 290 meters of roadway and North West River will benefit from the resurfacing of Sunday Hill Road. Labrador City will see the reconstruction of sections of Lakeside Street and Canning Street while Postville will see road and safety upgrades to approximately 500 metres of local roads.  These local road improvements will make roadways safer and more reliable for residents and visitors.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $1.1 million in these projects through the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Stream (RNIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure program and the federal Gas Tax Fund. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is providing more than $982,000 and the municipalities are contributing more than $1.1 million.

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