Upgrading vital Saskatoon – Prince Albert highway will create jobs and improve access to northern Saskatchewan
27 February 2009
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Brad Wall today announced that the Federal and Provincial Governments will accelerate the twinning of Highway 11 between Saskatoon and Prince Albert.
"This massive building project will create hundreds of construction jobs in communities between Saskatoon and Prince Albert," said Prime Minister Harper. "A twinned Highway 11 will also open up new opportunities for local businesses by expanding access to Saskatchewan’s growing resource industries."
"I'd like to thank the Prime Minister for today's announcement and we recognize that without federal assistance, it would have taken much longer to complete the work we have started," said Premier Wall.
Highway 11 serves as a critical corridor to the province’s resource-rich north and the twinning project will support significant mineral and timber resource development, manufacturing and touring growth in the region. The proposed improvements will provide for increased capacity, reduced logistics costs and improved access for local industries and families.
The federal and provincial governments are each contributing $62 million to accelerate this project and move the completion date forward from 2016 to 2012.
Federal financial support for these infrastructure improvements is conditional on successful signing of a contribution agreement.
The Highway 11 twinning project is one of many job-creating investments contained within the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.