Iqaluit city council distributes $500K for COVID-19 relief

Council also votes to delay sewage repairs due to high costs spurred by pandemic

Iqaluit city council approved allocating $503,196 in COVID-19 relief to Uquutaq Society, Tukisigiarvik, Qajuqturvik Food Centre and YWCA Agvvik. Shown here is Iqaluit’s city hall. (Photo by David Venn)

By David Venn
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Four Iqaluit organizations will receive a share of a half million dollars for pandemic relief, city council decided Tuesday evening.

Uquutaq Society will receive $155,000 for its transitional housing and shelters, Tukisigiarvik will receive $65,000 for its hygiene and food programs, Qajuqturvik Food Centre will receive $65,000 for its food service, and YWCA Agvvik will receive $55,000.

The city received the money in 2020 from the territorial and federal government through a national program for homelessness called Reaching Home.Of the original $1.3 million the city received, $163,196 remains, said Alison Drummond, the city’s senior director of corporate services.

The organizations have until the end of the year to use the money, Drummond said.

Council also approved several other items related to COVID-19 planning.

Upgrades to the city’s sewer system will be put on hold until early 2022, as council chose to defer the project because of high bidding prices associated with the pandemic.

The city is currently in phase two of a four-phase plan for sewage upgrades.

It plans to upgrade the sewer main at the Four Corners intersection and install culverts from the RBC building down Mivvik Street, according to project manager Cameron McDonald, who presented the information at an April committee meeting.

The delay means new buildings between the intersection and Baffin Gas will require holding tanks, and buildings with tanks already installed will have to keep them, said chief administrative officer Amy Elgersma during Tuesday’s meeting.

The city allocated $4.4 million for the project, and the lowest bid the city received was still $2.8 million over budget, she said.

“The cost of the project faced massive inflation due to a shortage of materials in the supply chain, as well as isolation costs for transient workers,” wrote McDonald in an email to Nunatsiaq News.

“The risk associated with bringing workers into the community during the pandemic was also a consideration.”

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(6) Comments:

  1. Posted by more tape on

    Yes they need more dollars to buy yellow tape to barricade those evil civil parks.

    • Posted by Lol on

      I know it’s extremely hard to understand for some but it’s CPHO that makes the rules on what is closed and what is not.

      Read a little instead of spouting off about what you know nothing about

      • Posted by Uqalimaaqtik on

        I agree. Negative people need to go get help.

        This is good news! I am not homeless and no one in my family is. I like that money is being spent where it is needed most.
        The City is doing amazing things and making good changes that we have not seen before.

      • Posted by Misplaced focus on tackling the virus on

        Is there been any evidence of spread of the virus for being outside in a park? Other places which are smarter then Nunavut permit the use of open spaces. If people are breaches the laws anywhere they should be prosecuted but that ain’t happening.

        So sick of this already and nothing to stop this virus is happening.

      • Posted by Yellow tape on

        Please link the statement from the CPHO that says municipal parks in Iqaluit are closed. No such statement was made. This is a reactionary decision from our populist city council. School parks are still wide open because the GN made no such ruling. Seems like you’re the one who’s having a hard time understanding.
        No public parks in Canada are closed off. Doug Ford tried to and he got slammed because it’s utterly pointless. Evidence is showing that no COVID transmission is happening in parks when people socially distance.

    • Posted by Northener on

      Maybe they can use some of that yellow tape to mark off the foot deep pot holes in town that never get repaired properly, or start paying for our ball joints and tires


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