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Government of British Columbia

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Union of British Columbia Municipalities

Union of British Columbia Municipalities

February 12, 2016 14:30 ET

57 Projects in British Columbia Communities to receive $73.3 million in federal Gas Tax Funds

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 12, 2016) - The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities was in Surrey today to announce over $73.3 million in funding from the federal Gas Tax Fund for 57 capital and capacity building projects in communities across British Columbia. The projects were selected through the application-based Strategic Priorities Fund. Minister Sohi was accompanied by the Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development; Al Richmond, President of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities; and Linda Hepner, Mayor of Surrey.

Funding for the approved capital projects will support the construction of a range of community infrastructure projects in 27 communities. The projects relate to drinking water (8), wastewater (4), recreational and cultural infrastructure (6), local roads and bridges (4), solid waste management (2), community energy systems (2) and a regional airport improvement project.

It means that a deteriorated bridge in Zeballos will be replaced, providing faster routing for emergency vehicles and the two sides of the community will be reconnected. It means that residents in Columbia Shuswap Regional District will soon see an end to a long-standing boil water advisory. It means that residents of Terrace will enjoy their Aquatic Centre for another 40 years. And it means that the Smithers Regional Airport will double its passenger handling capacity and be more efficient for the flying public.

Also approved are capacity building projects in 30 communities. These predominantly focus on improving asset management in communities. Asset management is a process that integrates information about a community's physical assets and finances to support local decision-making. Other approved capacity building projects include updates to Official Community plans to include sustainability principles and a regional transportation plan.

Quotes

"Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada is allowing communities in BC, and all across Canada, to make informed decisions about their infrastructure investments and how best to spend federal dollars. Community officials are best positioned to identify their specific needs, and the federal Gas Tax fund supports them in making those strategic investments. These 57 projects will contribute to building the strong, inclusive and sustainable communities Canadians desire to live in."

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi,

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"The Province of British Columbia continues to support its communities and ensure residents have access to clean drinking water, safe roads and bridges, modern recreational facilities and updated waste water treatment solutions. We are pleased to work with the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and the Federal Government to provide municipalities and regional districts with a reliable source of funding for infrastructure investments and community planning through the federal Gas Tax Fund."

The Honourable Peter Fassbender,

Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

"Investments through the federal Gas Tax Fund are helping British Columbia's municipalities address their local infrastructure priorities, while creating jobs and supporting economic growth. Gas tax funding is important for building and improving critical transportation infrastructure, including the bridge in Zeballos and other municipal facilities. We thank the federal government for its support from this fund, which will make way for a number of worthwhile projects around B.C. to complement our 10-year transportation plan - B.C. on the Move."

The Honourable Todd Stone,

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

"Local governments around BC are looking for ways to finance the replacement of aging infrastructure. The federal Gas Tax Fund is providing much needed long-term support for the upgrading of core facilities in our communities."

Al Richmond

UBCM President

Quick Facts

  • The total federal Gas Tax Fund contribution towards the 57 projects is $73,389,257.
    • The 27 capital projects are receiving a total of $69,174,890.
    • The 30 capacity building projects are receiving a total of $4,214,367.
  • The total estimated project costs for all 57 projects are about $98 million.
  • The funding provided for these projects comes through the application based Strategic Priorities Fund of the Federal Gas Tax Fund in BC
  • See the attached backgrounder for details of the projects.
  • The Government of Canada provides over $253 million in indexed annual funding for municipal infrastructure in British Columbia through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The majority of this funding is allocated to municipalities, who decide which projects will address their local priorities. Municipalities can spend, pool, bank or use their annual allocation to finance loans related to eligible infrastructure or capacity building projects.
  • The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in BC, in partnership with Canada and British Columbia.

Associated Links

To learn more about the federal Gas Tax Fund visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html.

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Backgrounder

Each year the Government of Canada transfers over $253 million to the Province of British Columbia through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF). The funding is predictable, permanent and indexed to provide communities with a reliable ongoing funding source for their local infrastructure projects. The GTF provides communities with maximum flexibility. They can spend, bank, pool or use the funds to pay down infrastructure loans. Communities are free to direct the GTF to the eligible infrastructure projects they choose.

In British Columbia, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund, in partnership with Canada and British Columbia.

  • The Community Works Fund, which provides per-capita allocation-based funding for all BC communities;
  • The Greater Vancouver Regional Fund, which pools a percentage of the GVRD and its member local governments' per-capita allocation for regional transportation projects proposed by the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink) and approved by the GVRD Board;
  • The Strategic Priorities Fund, which provides communities outside the GVRD with access to pooled, application-based funding for projects larger in scale, or regional in impact, or innovative.

In late January, the Gas Tax Fund Management Committee approved funding for 57 new infrastructure projects from among the 222 applications it received under the Strategic Priorities Fund. Funding was approved for thirty capacity building projects and twenty-seven capital projects.

Below is the list of the approved projects:

Local Government Project Title Total GTF Funding
District of 100 Mile House 100 Mile House Water Supply Upgrade $5,850,000
Town of Osoyoos Rural Area Water System Twinning $2,472,000
District of Barriere Water Supply and Distribution System Improvements $4,836,735
Columbia Shuswap Regional District Sunnybrae Water System Upgrade $1,701,032
City of Merritt Water Treatment Upgrades $2,280,000
District of Peachland Priority 1 Asset Management Projects: Coldham and Greata Pressure Reducing Valves Replacements $612,500
The Corporation of the Village of Lumby Lumby's Sustainable Water Plan - Stage 1 Revitalization Works $1,711,938
Village of Sayward Village of Sayward Water Treatment Facility $2,922,750
Cariboo Regional District Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade at the West Fraser Aquatic Centre $4,000,000
City of Terrace Terrace Aquatic Centre Renewal/Upgrade $4,325,430
City of Cranbrook Idlewild Park Rehabilitation Project $2,800,000
Regional District of Central Kootenay Nelson and District Community Complex 2015 Pool Renewal $4,597,200
District of West Kelowna Chlorine Room - Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre $85,000
City of Prince George Masich Place Stadium Artificial Turf Field $3,200,000
City of Salmon Arm Water Pollution Control Centre - Ultraviolet (UV) Light Disinfection System Upgrade $650,000
City of Abbotsford JAMES Plant Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfection Project $4,273,000
Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Bralorne Wastewater Collection System Upgrade and Secondary Treatment $1,999,530
District of Squamish Ultraviolet (UV) Disinfection of Sewage Effluent $952,000
Village of Granisle Granisle Bioenergy District Heating System $637,000
District of Hudson's Hope Solar Electric Panel Farm Array $1,350,000
City of Kimberley Gerry Sorensen Way Reconstruction $4,500,000
Village of Zeballos Zeballos River Crossing $2,945,775
Town of Qualicum Beach Memorial Avenue Active Transportation and Utility Upgrade $600,000
City of Courtenay 5th St "Complete Street" Pilot Project $3,253,000
Cowichan Valley Regional District Meade Creek Recycling Centre Upgrades & Ash Landfill Closure Project $2,560,000
Regional District of Mount Waddington Seven Mile Recycling Scales $60,000
Town of Smithers Smithers Regional Airport Terminal Building Expansion and Improvements $4,000,000
District of Mackenzie District of Mackenzie Long-term Infrastructure & Asset Management Plan $89,500
City of Castlegar City of Castlegar Asset Management & Climate Change Prioritization Framework $250,000
City of Grand Forks City of Grand Forks Performance Measurement & Reporting Framework for Sustainable Service Delivery $195,000
District of Invermere District of Invermere Infrastructure Replacement Priority Plan $65,000
Village of Fruitvale Village of Fruitvale AM Investment Plan & Prioritization Framework for Capital Infrastructure Planning $45,000
City of Rossland Asset Management Investment Plan $75,000
Sunshine Coast Regional District Sunshine Coast Regional District Enterprise Asset Management Software Implementation $412,831
Village of Hazelton Village of Hazelton Long-term Infrastructure & Asset Management Plan, Phase 2 $58,700
City of Prince Rupert City of Prince Rupert - Asset Management - Phase 1 $97,250
District of Port Edward Asset Management Projects $60,000
City of Penticton Prioritization Framework for Capital Planning $42,000
District of Sicamous Asset Management Systems $35,000
District of Summerland District of Summerland Integrated Asset Management & Infrastructure Investment Plan $372,000
Village of Ashcroft Village of Ashcroft Long-Term Infrastructure & Asset Management Plan $48,700
City of Revelstoke Strengthening Organizational Adoption of Asset Management $32,500
City of Victoria City of Victoria Facility Condition Assessment $300,000
City of Nanaimo City of Nanaimo Comprehensive Risk Framework for Asset Management $39,500
Strathcona Regional District Strathcona Regional District Asset Management Plan Development/Condition Assessments $90,000
Town of Ladysmith Town of Ladysmith Asset Management: Assessment and planning $80,000
District of Wells District of Wells Integrated Official Community Plan $77,107
Village of Salmo Salmo Official Community Plan: Shaping a Sustainable Future $75,000
Village of Warfield Village of Warfield Integrated Official Community Plan $77,138
District of Mission Sustainable Mission - District of Mission Official Community Plan Review - 2015 $225,000
District of West Kelowna District of West Kelowna Upper Glenrosa Area Plan - Phase 2 and 3 $100,152
Capital Regional District Salt Spring Island and Southern Gulf Island Integrated Service Plan $50,000
District of Squamish District of Squamish Integrated Stormwater Management Plan $160,000
Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District Skeena-Queen Charlotte RD Regional Recycling Depot Asset Management Plan $18,489
City of Vernon City of Vernon Long-Term Sanitary Sewer Utility Plan $46,500
Okanagan Basin Water Board Environmental Flow Needs for Okanagan Water Planning $397,000
Central Okanagan Regional District Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Strategic Transportation Plan $600,000

For more information on the federal Gas Tax Fund, please visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html.

For more information on the individual projects in the above list, please direct your questions to the communities themselves.

Contact Information

  • Brook Simpson, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
    613-219-0149
    Brook.Simpson@Canada.ca

    Gillian Rhodes
    Communications Director
    Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
    Communications
    250-888-1462
    gillian.rhodes@gov.bc.ca

    Paul Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Union of BC Municipalities
    250-356-2938
    ptaylor@ubcm.ca

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
    media@infc.gc.ca