Prohibition Creek Access Road

The Prohibition Creek Access Road will create employment, training and business opportunities for Sahtu residents.

Quick Facts (Prohibition Creek Access Road)

  • Two-lane, all-season gravel road
  • 13 kilometres in length; divided into two construction phases: 
    • Phase 1 will include the first 6.7-kilometre section from Canyon Creek to Christina Creek; 
    • Phase 2 will include the remaining 6.3 kilometres from Christina Creek to Prohibition Creek. 
  • Construction of Phase 1 is anticipated to start in the fall of 2022 and is anticipated to take up to 12 months to complete. 

Project Highlights

  • The project will create employment, training and business opportunities for Sahtu residents.
  • Once constructed, the road will provide access for recreational and traditional harvesting activities.
  • The proposed road will be along the alignment of the existing Mackenzie Valley Winter Road.

Current Status

  • March 2019: The Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated (SSI) passed a resolution in support of pursuing the Prohibition Creek Access Road.
  • April 2019: SSI and the GNWT signed a Memorandum of Understanding that includes working together to support the advancement of local access road projects.
  • June 2020: A total of $20 million was announced for the construction of the new all-season access road from Canyon Creek Bridge to Prohibition Creek Bridge. Of this amount, the federal government will provide $15 million under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The GNWT will fund the remaining $5 million.
  • September 2020: The GNWT filed the Project Description Report and regulatory applications for the Prohibition Creek Access Road.
  • November 2020: The GNWT received the necessary Type “A” Land Use Permit and Type “B” Water Licence for the construction of the Prohibition Creek Access Road.
  • September 2021: Project divided into two construction phases due to a design concern at Christina Creek. 
  • October 2021: PCAR Phase 1 procurement initiated through a public tendering process. 
  • December 2021: Public procurement process for PCAR Phase 1 cancelled as the lone bid received exceeded the project budget and was deemed unacceptable. 
  • October 2022: The GNWT secured $25.5 million in funding for PCAR Phase 1 under Infrastructure Canada's Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). A separate budget of $2.5 million was also approved to cover the planning and design work completed to date, as well as the outstanding work required to make Phase 2 construction shovel ready. 
  • Construction for Phase 1 is expected to start in the fall of 2022.