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New Emergency Services Building for Hay River Residents

Project completed thanks to federal and territorial government contributions

May 23, 2014 – Hay River, Northwest Territories – Infrastructure Canada

Government officials and residents gathered today to celebrate upgraded emergency services at the official opening of the Hay River Emergency Services Building.

Replacing a 40-year-old building, the new facility is equipped with room to accommodate 10 emergency services vehicles and associated apparatus bays; training, kitchen and dining facilities; living quarters; and gathering space and administrative support areas. Built with green building principles in mind, the facility features new HVAC systems, high efficiency lighting and energy efficient solutions such as occupancy and daylight sensors and external LED lighting. This will both help reduce costs and cut down on power usage.

In addition, the new facility meets the National Building Code for post-disaster facilities, which means it is equipped to help residents in times of larger local emergencies such as extended fires, flooding and earthquakes.

Quick facts

  • The governments of Canada and Northwest Territories provided a joint contribution of more than $6.1 million, in part through the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund, toward the eligible costs of this initiative.


“Our Government is proud to have invested in this important project that will help improve the region’s emergency services and deliver on our pledge to build safer, healthier and stronger communities. Since 2006, we have been committed to supporting projects, like this one, that play an important role in creating jobs and strengthening our economy.”

– The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, Minister for the Arctic Council and Member of Parliament for Nunavut

“Quality infrastructure, like this new fire hall, is important to help ensure community governments can deliver quality services and protect the safety of residents. The GNWT is committed to helping build sustainable, vibrant, and safe communities across the NWT, and we look forward to continuing this work with our partners at the Government of Canada.”

– Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Government of the Northwest Territories

“I would like to acknowledge and thank the Government of Canada for their support in this project. Through their Building Canada Fund, communities across the country were able to invest in key infrastructure projects such as our new Emergency Services Building.”

– Andrew Cassidy, Mayor, Town of Hay River

Associated links


Vincent Rabault
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

David Maguire
Communications/Web Advisor
Municipal and Community Affairs
Government of the Northwest Territories

Town of Hay River

Infrastructure Canada
Toll-free 1-877-250-7154



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