Base Contribution

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The Base Contribution is the subsidy portion of the Base Amount provided to the DCBC, from the GNWT general revenues. It started at $3,980,000, but is indexed annually for inflation.

Initially, the Base Contribution primarily represented the savings to the GNWT of not running the ferry and ice road, and would have been under $2 million. However, as the bridge went from a $65 million ballpark to $170 million, the finances didn't work, and the GNWT had to increase its annual contribution significantly to keep the project financially feasible.