The governments of Canada and Yukon have pledged a combined investment of around C$360m ($290m) to improve road access in the country's north-west mining region.

The proposed infrastructure development will be carried out through the Yukon Resource Gateway Project, covering mineral-rich areas, including the Dawson Range in central Yukon and the Nahanni Range Road in south-eastern Yukon.

Works to be taken up under the proposed project include improving more than 650km of road, as well as building or replacing several bridges, culverts, and stream crossings.

"Modern infrastructure is key to developing and properly managing the incredible natural resources we have at our fingertips."

Aimed at tapping the economic potential of Yukon’s natural resources, seeks to ensure the long-term development of the territory’s growing mining sector.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: "Modern infrastructure is key to developing and properly managing the incredible natural resources we have at our fingertips.

"By providing easier access to important resources across Yukon, the Yukon Resource Gateway Project will help create good, middle-class jobs, promote long-term economic prosperity, and support a strong, sustainable north."

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Improvement works in the Dawson Range include four separate public road systems, while the Nahanni Range Road will be upgraded from its junction with the Campbell Highway to the border between Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

Image: The investment programme is directed at utilising the economic potential of mineral resources in the Yukon region. Photo: courtesy of the Office of the Prime Minister.