Infrastructure Plan for Chesterfield Inlet

2021 / 2022

The objective for this year will be to try to produce some gravel products. We have limited access to material but the materials we do have we will try to crush and stock pile.


Asset Action Required Problem Summary
Small Craft Harbour New current dock is dangerous and people have fallen trying to get down to the water and the current floating dock is damaged and needs replacing. We have welded patches on the floats so the dock would not sink. The salt water has corroded the metal float to a point we can not patch any longer. We are in need of a larger docking system that will allow boat to dock even at low tide. At this point the dock is on the ground at low boats can not dock.
Deep Sea Port New with the construction of the mine, and now the expansion of the mine the amount of shipping through Chesterfield Inlet to Baker lake has continually increased and it is causing an effect on the wildlife and sea mammels in the area and the amount of shipping is also causing concerns regarding an accident in the Inlet Allthis shipping provided no benefit to the community, the construction of a deep sea port would provide a benefit to the community and also keep larger vessels out of the Inlet

Traditional Economy

Asset Action Required Problem Summary
Traditional Foods Processing Facility New Commercial Fishery to establish fish processing plant to sustain economic development and infrastructure, and provide income to families/ employment, or training initiatives. There would be jobs in the plant and also payments for fish harvesting. As this Hamlet has a large fish quota it would be a viable business model.

Commercial Facilities

Asset Action Required Problem Summary
Hotel New Expand hotel/establish new hotel to allow for meetings and conferences to be held in the community

Municipal Infrastructure

Asset Action Required Problem Summary
Parking Garage - Hamlet New As the community has grown we have not kept up with the parking garages for the equipment that the Hamlet has acquired. Also the vehicles are larger then years past we are using tandem trucks instead of single axle. Garbage trucks are larger to accommodate the increase garbage citizens are discarding. The current building built in the 1970's and is past its life span. We would need a six bay garage to accommodate all the vehicles and have it large enough for the future.
Street Lights Renovate our street lights are old and almost useless in a lot of the residential areas around our Hamlet, we require new energy efficient lights on all power poles and will have QEC instal them this coming summer.
Fire Hall Renovate Fire Hall flooring needs to be replaced with gravel as the floor is replaced every year to ensure the fire truck does not fall through the floor
Maintenance Garage - Hamlet Renovate Our currrent maintenance garage is quite old and requires  better heating and lighting as it is very difficult for our employees to work in the current building safely during the winter months. Also the current vehicles just fit in the parking space and there is little to no room to work around the vehicles. The tight space becomes a safety issue. We do not have lifting ability in our maintenance garage so the workers must lay on a very cold floor in the winter as the heaters can not produce enough heat. When the building is renovated there should be a plan to put heat system in the floor.   
Hamlet Office New Building was built in 1985. No sprinkler systems. Out dated fire alarm system, automated power back does not work. EMO (Emerg Mgt), is in a secondary reception area. Building has had fuel spills, joists were soaked in fuel posing severe fire hazard. The entire building is very noon fire resistant.

Solid Waste

Asset Action Required Problem Summary
Waste Compactor New Solid waste compactor, to extend the life of the small capacity landfill
Fence - Landfill New Hamlet requires a new fence at our solid landfill location  - currently  garbage is blown all over the tundra due to inadequate and old broken down  fencing.
Tire Shredder New The Hamlet has a large number of tires in the landfill whcih are bulky and taking a large area of the dump. Also we have all of the old water fill pipe in the dump which should have been recycled when the GN replaced the water fill line. These pipes could be shreaded also to take up less space. Some of the new shredders can shread light metals from appliances which wouled sigifiantly reduce space in the landfill.

Adult Education

Asset Action Required Problem Summary
Adult Learning Center New The current adult learning center is small and can only run one program at a time which drastically reduces the amount of training that can be done in the community at one time


Asset Action Required Problem Summary
Land Access Road New Build road to Josephine lake. Josephine lake is the main arctic char fishing spot in the fall, fisherman catch fish and bring to fish processing plant in exchange for income. having a road in that direction would help with search and rescue missions as there is a high traffic coming or going to Rankin inlet all year.
Roads - Territorial New Build road from Chesterfield Inlet to Rankin Inlet


Asset Action Required Problem Summary
Other New Biology laboratory supporting the affects on the mining sector
Other New New large facility would allow for higher traffic use
Other Renovate Redevelop St. Theresa's Hospital as an arts/heritage/culture centre/office facility

Social Gathering Centers

Asset Action Required Problem Summary
Youth Center New Establish Youth drop in centre and Elders Facility, would allow elders passing on traditional knowledge to the younger generation

Sports and Recreation

Asset Action Required Problem Summary
Arena Renovate Renovate Arena and Expand Arena to make it usable in the summer
Swimming Pool New Indoor Swimming Pool. To provide recreational activities and teach survival skills


Asset Action Required Problem Summary
Water Treatment Plant Renovate The current water treatment plant is an injection only water plant. The intake pipe has severe rusting and needs to be replaced. The electrical system need to also be replaced due to issues between main power and generator. There is pre filtering of the water or a holding tank for contact time to happen. At this point it is probably cheaper to have a new plant built and replace the exiting water plant.
Wastewater Treatment Renovate The sewage lagoons for the Hamlet are now completely full of solids and the solids are spilling over the berm into the wetlands. The Hamlet would like to conduct a study on the best way to remediate the lagoon problem

Municipal Operations

Asset Action Required Problem Summary
Quarry - Gravel New Develop quarry/gravel site, currently there is less then 2 years of gravel remaining. The community is surrounded by bedrock and blasting is the only ideal option
Equipment - Municipal New mobile garbage incinerator is required at our landfill. Our Hamlet has a very small landfill and we need to enhance our capacity to compact and/or burn garbage to increase space  and to preserve the shelf life of our landfill. With an incinerator we could reduce the amount of garbage along with the clear burning of waste.  


Asset Action Required Problem Summary
Alternative Sources New Establish power transmission from Manitoba, current power is costly and produces high levels of greenhouse gases


Asset Action Required Problem Summary
Day Care Renovate Current daycare is in an old house, and renovations are required, the waiting list has 24 children. The daycare needs to be enhance with pre-school program and playground
School Renovate School has 120 registered sudents and has limited space for programs and activities


Asset Action Required Problem Summary
Staff Housing - Hamlet Renovate The current staff house owned by the Hamlet is in need of a major renovation. The windows and doors need to be replaced as someone has broken into the many times and the lock and doors are broken. The kitchen needs to be replaced along with the appliances. The furnace and water tank need to be replaced. The bathroom needs a complete renovation including the ventilation.