The federal government will kick in $4 million of Iqaluit’s new $40 million aquatic centre, and $2 million towards the Kenojuak Cultural Centre in Cape Dorset.

Federal Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo made the announcement in Iqaluit Monday, where he and Premier Peter Taptuna announced a total of $50 million in funding for infrastructure projects in the territory.

Those include updates to the Cambridge Bay arena, upgrades for other community arenas and replacing playgrounds.

In all, the federal government is committing about $25 million. The Nunavut government will pay $6.5 million.

Romeyn Stevenson, Joe Savikataaq, Peter Taptuna, Hunter Tootoo

Iqaluit’s Deputy Mayor, Romeyn Stevenson, (far left) joined Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo (far right), Premier Peter Taptuna (2nd from right) and Nunavut’s minister of Community and Government Services, Joe Savikataaqat, for the announcement. (Sima Sahar Zerehi/CBC)

The hamlet of Cape Dorset and the City of Iqaluit are contributing a total of $18 million towards their own infrastructure projects.

“I’m very happy and pleased that these projects have been identified by the Government of Nunavut,” said Tootoo.

“I’ve always been a strong proponent of recreation, that’s my background, and the importance that recreation can play in young people’s lives.”

Tootoo would not comment on any additional federal money for infrastructure projects in Nunavut, such as housing.

“Any new announcement or investments would have to wait until after the federal budget,” Tootoo said.

Peter Taptuna, Hunter Tootoo, Joe Savikataaqat

‘The sooner the better,’ said Premier Peter Taptuna, in reference to the promised Iqaluit port and small craft harbour in Pond Inlet. (Sima Sahar Zerehi/CBC)

The leaders had no new information about the progress on the Iqaluit port and the Pond Inlet small craft harbour.

“The sooner the better,” said Taptuna.

“We’ve been talking about this for a long, long time and our federal partners have been very, very cooperative,” added Taptuna. He said more details will likely come after the federal budget on March 22.

By the numbers

Here’s the total amount each project will get from all three levels of government:

  • Iqaluit Aquatic Centre phase 3 development — $14,080,918
  • Cape Dorset’s Kenojuak Cultural Centre development — $10,020,000
  • Cambridge Bay Arena repairs — $4,200,000
  • Upgrading Community Arenas — $19,918,400
  • Replacement of playgrounds — $1,700,000