Manitoba, Nunavut to study all-weather road along Hudson Bay

Project could cost at least $1.2 billion



WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak signed an agreement Monday that calls for a cost-benefit study for a Manitoba-Nunavut, all-weather road.

Any such road would start in Gillam, Man., run through Churchill and along the Hudson Bay coast to the Nunavut communities of Arviat, Whale Cove and Rankin Inlet.

Nunavut officials have said the road is expected to cost about $1.2 billion.

Such a road has been discussed for several years.

Many believe it is needed to connect isolated northern communities to the south to ease the transportation of food, building materials and other goods, such as equipment used in mining, as shorter winters render winter roads almost useless.

Others fear a road will only increase human access to fragile wilderness areas.

The signing kicked off a three-day Arctic summit at the University of Winnipeg.

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