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Manitoba and Nunavut are still exploring the idea of building a hydro transmission line and winter road up the west side of Hudson Bay.
On Thursday, the province and its neighbouring territory renewed a memorandum of understanding that dates back to the creation of Nunavut in 1999.
It includes a commitment to consider extending Manitoba Hydro line from Churchill up the west side of Hudson Bay into Nunavut, where hydro-electric power could reduce the reliance on diesel fuel in Arviat, Rankin Inlet and other communities in the Kivalliq region, the southernmost district in the territory.
The memorandum also calls for exploring the idea of building a winter road along the route, as a possible prelude to a permanent, all-weather road that would connect Churchill with Nunavut communities.
"We’d like to make it a permanent, all-weather road. That takes big bucks, so let’s start with a winter road," Premier Greg Selinger said.
The winter road, which would cost at least $40 million, would allow Nunavut residents easier access to Manitoba health-care programs, Selinger said.
The environmental impacts of such a road would be balanced by the reduced need to ship diesel fuel up Hudson Bay, which suffers from volatile weather, the premier added.