Historical Timeline

  • 1960s:  The concept of an all-weather road between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk becomes a priority goal among residents of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR)
  • 1960s:  Oil & gas exploration begins in the Beaufort Sea and Mackenzie Delta with offshore activities peaking in the mid 1970s to late 1980s
  • 1974:    Public Works Canada (PWC) surveys a 140 km route between Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk and delivers preliminary engineering studies, survey maps, design profiles, and identifies gravel sources
  • 1984:    Inuvialuit Final Agreement is signed by the Inuvialuit and the Governments of Canada, the Northwest Territories and Yukon
  • 1990s:  The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) reviews earlier studies, collects additional environmental and socio-economic information, conducts community consultations, and re-examines the route and design
  • 1998:   GNWT releases the Proposed InuvikTuktoyaktuk Road Environmental and Socio-Economic Baseline Report
  • 1999:  GNWT completes a cost benefit analysis and a transportation strategy describing the completion of the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway (ITH) project  as a major policy objective
  • Early 2000s:  GNWT opens a dialogue with the Government of Canada about the ITH project during proposals for infrastructure development
  • August 2009: The Town of Inuvik and the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk receive confirmation that the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) would fund the completion of a Project Description Report (PDR) for the ITH
  • February 2010:  PDR is released by the GNWT, Town of Inuvik, and Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk
  • April 2010:  The project is referred to the Environmental Impact Review Board (EIRB) for environmental assessment and review
  • June 2010:  The Department of Infrastructure (INF) releases its economic analysis of the project
  • Autumn 2010:  The EIRB holds community and public meetings on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Terms of Reference
  • Summer 2011:  The EIRB holds public consultations on the conformity review of the draft EIS
  • Summer 2012:  The EIRB invites public involvement in technical sessions
  • September 2012:  The EIRB holds public hearings on the ITH project
  • January 2013:  The EIRB  submits a supportive final report on the proposal to construct the ITH
  • February 2013:  The GNWT responds to the EIRB report
  • May 2013:  The GNWT releases its Risk Matrix report for the project
  • Winter/Spring 2013:  Environmental regulations and permitting process underway
  • Winter/Spring 2013:  Work begins to upgrade the access road to Source 177 which will become the first 19 kilometres of the ITH
  • Summer/Fall 2013:  Work begins on upgrading Navy Road, a five kilometre section of road in Inuvik thta will connect to the southern end of the ITH
  • Summer/Fall 2013:  INF submits application to the NWT Water Board, and land use and quarrying permit applications to the Inuvialuit Land Administration (ILA) and to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)
  • October 2013:  Public hearings on the water licence application are held in Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk
  • December 2013:  The project recieves a water licence from the NWT Water Board and land use and quarrying permits from AANDC
  • January 2014:  The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and the GNWT reach agreement on royalties and land exchange for the project
  • January 2014:  ILA issues land use and quarrying permits
  • January 2014:  The project company, EGT - Northwind Ltd., is authorized to initiate construction of the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway