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Northern Manitoba’s economic future is getting a $60 million boost.

On Friday, the provincial and federal governments pledged $30 million a piece to finish work on the Hudson Bay Railway and to start redeveloping the Port of Churchill.

The funding will be distributed to Arctic Gateway Group (AGG) – a partnership between 41 First Nations and Bayline communities in the region. AGG owns both the railway and port.

According to a joint news release, The Hudson Bay Railway serves about 29,000 residents in northern communities. It is the only year-round transportation available for passengers and freight traffic. It also links the Port of Churchill as the only deep-water Arctic port to North America’s land-based transportation network.

“The Port of Churchill makes Manitoba a maritime province, and that is absolutely crucial to the future of our provincial economic success,” Premier Wab Kinew said Friday. “Not only do [the Port and railway] …

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