Government officials knew $30M Shoal Lake road project could cost $52M when they announced it, documents show
Internal documents from the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs obtained by CBC show that when funding for a much-needed road to the isolated Shoal Lake 40 First Nation was announced last December, government officials knew the costs would be much higher than the $30 million estimate cited publicly.
A concept-phase early estimate for the Shoal Lake 40 Freedom Road dated Dec. 1, 2015, obtained through a federal access to information request pegged the full cost at $52.47 million. The estimate has since been revised down to $46.5 million.
There is no agreement yet on how the extra costs will be covered, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's still committed to getting the road built. "I was in Shoal Lake a few weeks ago, and I expressed my commitment to the people of Shoal Lake that we were going to get the road built," Trudeau said Friday.