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Current Situation and Next Steps


The City of Yellowknife is proposing to build a new Aquatic Centre. 

A referendum to determine if the City can borrow up to $10,001,000 to finance the development of the Aquatic Centre took place on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, by mail-in ballot and voters supported the borrowing of funds.

The results were as follows:

YES: 1857 NO: 735

By-law No. 5044 will now go forward for Second Reading on December 13, 2021, following which Ministerial Approval will be sought in accordance with the Cities, Towns and Villages Act, from Minister Shane Thompson, Government of the Northwest Territories, Department of Municipal and Community Affairs.
The City expects to award the contract for the design-build proposal of Clark Builders by the end of January 2022, and for construction to be completed in 2024.

For all voting information, visit

Cost and Design of the proposed Aquatic Centre

As part of the process of planning for the proposed Aquatic Centre, the City consulted with user groups and residents to find out what the public wanted to see in a new Aquatic Centre. Based on those consultations, the City commissioned an Aquatic Centre Design Plan, developed by Taylor Architects, and Aquatic Consultants MJMA. The Design Plan details the facilities to be incorporated in the proposed Aquatic Centre.

A Request for Qualifications was issued by the City in June 2021. Based on responses to these expressions of interest, three companies were identified as having the interest, resources, and qualifications to successfully complete the project. In July , 2021, the City issued a request for proposals for a design-build of the proposed Aquatic Centre. These companies are Bird Construction Group, Clark Builders, and PCL Construction Management Inc. All pre-qualified companies are located in either Yellowknife, NT or Edmonton, AB. In September 2021, the City selected the design-build proposal of Clark Builders. Their proposal is costed at $67,735,329 excluding GST. 

The City is undertaking a Design-Build construction methodology for the development of the Aquatic Centre. What this means is that one entity — the design-build team — works under a single contract with the City to design and build the Aquatic Centre. Accountability resides with the single contractor to meet timelines and budgets, is more efficient, and costs are less likely to escalate. The budget is identified and finalized during the design phase, therefore the City — and residents — are aware and approve of the cost before construction begins.

Development of the proposed Aquatic Centre will be paid for with a combination of federal and municipal sources:


  • Small Communities Fund (New Building Canada Fund)
  • Formula Funding
  • Gas Tax Funding


  • Community Public Infrastructure Funding
  • Capital Fund
  • Major Community Facility Reserve
  • Borrowing

Given funding available from federal and territorial sources, the City will need to borrow only a small proportion of the funds needed to build the proposed Aquatic Centre. The City must borrow $10,001,000 to fund its contribution.

Residents of Yellowknife will be asked to vote, in a referendum in November 2021, on whether to approve borrowing by the City. A majority of voters must vote to support the referendum to enable the City to borrow the required funds.

Annual municipal taxes are expected to increase by an estimated 1.27% to cover the annual operation and maintenance costs of the proposed Aquatic Centre, once the facility is open.

Proposed Timeline

If a majority of eligible voters vote in favour of the City borrowing to fund a portion of the construction cost, the City will enter into an agreement with Clark Builders, and work on the proposed Aquatic Centre will begin in 2022.

If a majority of eligible voters vote against the City borrowing to fund a portion of the construction cost, work on the proposed Aquatic Centre will not move forward and the City will need to explore ways to extend the life of the Ruth Inch Memorial Pool and make the facility accessible in line with new legislation.

Assuming that results of the referendum support the development of an Aquatic Centre, this proposed timeline will see the completion of the facility in the mid to latter part of 2024.

Aquatic Centre Project










Federal Build Canada Fund - $12,900,000










Capital Budget - $75,000 for Public Consultation










Council adopt the TOR for the establishment of ACAC











Stantec carries out public consultation process with ACAC










Comments and Feedback compiled and deliberated by ACAC and adopted by Council











Council approved $1.75M to advance Aquatic Centre Project










City contracted TAG to provide consulting services as the Aquatic Centre Bridging Consultant











City contracted Colliers to fulfill the role of Project Manager











TAG engage with the community










Council adopted the Aquatic Centre Design Plan











City pre-qualified three (3) Design Build teams










Design Build RFP released










Design Build proposals will be reviewed and rated











Winning proposal to be brought forward to Council by way of Borrowing By-law











Aquatic Centre Construction Period










How can we find more information about the proposed Aquatic Centre?

The latest information on the proposed Aquatic Centre is available and frequently updated on the City website. The City will be providing updates to the media, stakeholders, and residents through a variety of platforms (website, social media, signage, advertising, Capital Update, fact sheets, etc.) as the development of the aquatic centre evolves. All media inquiries can be directed to

To stay up to date with the latest developments around the aquatic centre consultation, visit our Aquatic Centre page.  Have questions? Email


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