- Since the pandemic began, lockdowns have slowed the flow of raw materials and finished goods, causing bottlenecks and rising costs in many industries.
- According to Darren Campbell, a spokesperson for the NWT Department of Infrastructure, the territory, and its contractors “continue to face challenges” due to a lack of materials.
“Rising costs and uncertain schedules are likely to continue to complicate the delivery of GNWT infrastructure projects,” Campbell said, just days after the territory passed its largest-ever capital budget.
According to Campbell, the NWT government is already in charge of 151 ongoing infrastructure projects worth $368 million. The capital budget, which sets out anticipated spending, was approved last week and was worth slightly more than $500 million.
According to Campbell, the territory has seen increased costs for materials such as wood and steel, reduced labour capacity and worker restrictions, and increased competition for skilled workers across Canada.
The installation of a fiber-optic cable to bring high-speed internet to What residents have been pushed back due to the pandemic.
According to the Tch Government, delivery of the fiber-optic cable has been delayed due to labor issues at factories and high demand for fiber connections throughout North America. As a result, the project’s completion date has been pushed back to October 2022.
According to Jonathan Vandal, office administrator at What’s Hotel, the fiber line will “make a huge difference” in the community, improving streaming services and online meetings.
“The amount of work we can do is determined by internet speed,” he explained. “Because the entire community is on a DSL connection, there are many fluctuations in speed, making it very difficult to get anything done.”
Meanwhile, a backlog at shipping ports interferes with the delivery of goods that have overcome manufacturing challenges. Even though these are global issues, Black claims that there has been a lack of international coordination in response.
“In general, governments don’t talk to each other,” he said. “I think the big unknown is what governments are going to do.” The Canadian government pledged $1.9 billion over four years to a fund to improve the flow of goods in Canada in its 2021 budget.
Transport Minister Omar Alghabra announced on Monday that a national supply chain summit will be held in early 2022 to streamline Canada’s supply chain.
Source: cabin radio News
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