Across the NWT, community governments are being underfunded by MACA by almost $40 million annually, including $11 million to the City of Yellowknife. Community governments rely on MACA funding to provide core services like water supply, sewage, garbage disposal, recycling, roads, sidewalks, and recreational programming, to name a few.
Municipal infrastructure is essential to increasing the economic capacity of the Northwest Territories and chronic underfunding is placing a financial burden on Yellowknife and other communities, while constraining future development. This directly contributes to the cost of living and quality of life in Yellowknife, as the City must generate infrastructure revenue through increased property taxes and user fees.
Want to learn more about this issue? Check out the NWTAC's Communities Matter report here.
View our April 2016 letter to MACA here.
View our April 2016 joint press release with the City of Yellowknife and NWT Association of Communities here.
View the June 2016 response from MACA here.
In The Media:
Cabin Radio. (2019). Awaiting the NWT's budget, a city hopes for a windfall. Retrieved from: https://cabinradio.ca/12977/news/economy/awaiting-the-nwts-budget-a-city-hopes-for-a-windfall/