Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia

September 13, 2009 12:45 ET

Economic Action Plan Gets Shovels in the Ground Across Nova Scotia

ANTIGONISH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2009) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, along with the Honourable Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, today announced that the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are contributing nearly $100 million for infrastructure projects across the province including 40 construction and rehabilitation projects on Nova Scotia's major highways and bridges.

Also announced today were 11 projects in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and 20 projects in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) that were selected to receive funding from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. This investment stems from a joint $28 million commitment made by the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia in the spring of 2009. With today's announcement, this commitment is being increased to over $30 million.

Also, under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program and the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF), the Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), is committed to investing more than $7.6 million in 21 key Nova Scotia infrastructure projects across the province.

"Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Government is stimulating the economy and creating jobs," said Minister MacKay. "Canada's Economic Action Plan is making a real difference for Nova Scotia. By working with our Provincial partners to invest in roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects today, we are building strong, stable communities for the future."

"With this announcement the Nova Scotia Government is fulfilling its commitment to maximize federal infrastructure dollars," said Minister Estabrooks. "The federal government is an important partner in delivering projects that make a lasting contribution to local communities."

Federal funding for the 71 highways and municipal projects comes from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $47.8 million towards these 40 highway and bridge projects, with a matching contribution from the Province of Nova Scotia. Projects will include roundabout and ramp modifications on Route 327 Alexandra Street, repaving easterly to Exit 32 on Highway 103, and construction on Meteghan River Bridge, Trunk 1.

Funding for the 31 projects in the HRM and CBRM comes from the $28 million joint federal/provincial commitment made in the spring of 2009, now increased to over $30 million, for stimulus projects to be applied for by the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Projects include upgrades to Point Pleasant Park in the HRM and water main upgrades to Victoria Road at Whitney Pier in the CBRM. Federal funding for these projects totals $15.1 million with a matching contribution from Nova Scotia and the municipalities.

The ACOA commitment to invest more than $7.6 million supports nine RInC projects with a total federal contribution of $1,071,577 and twelve CAF projects with a federal contribution of $6,548,738. The total value of these projects, including the federal contribution, is more than $14.8 million.

The federal $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is a key component of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The Fund invests in provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects being built during this year's and next year's construction seasons. In addition to the projects announced today under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia have set aside an additional $4 million each in funding for water and wastewater projects across the province. Specific projects will be identified following discussions with municipalities.

Canada and Nova Scotia are working together to create jobs and boost the economy, while making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure. Both governments have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently to municipalities in Nova Scotia.

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund complements existing and long-term federal infrastructure funding by focusing on short-term objectives for economic stimulus. To further this goal of rapid economic stimulus, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund focuses on construction-readiness as important project selection criteria. The full $4 billion is being distributed in fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. Projects focus largely on the rehabilitation of existing assets such as water, wastewater, public transit, highways, roads, culture, parks, and trails.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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BACKGROUNDER

INFRASTRUCTURE STIMULUS FUND AT WORK IN NOVA SCOTIA

Canada and Nova Scotia Support 71 Projects across the Province through Stimulus Funding

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government has established a new $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund that provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects. Funding is available for projects that will be built and completed by March 31, 2011.

Under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the Government of Canada will provide funding for infrastructure improvements to 37 major highways and three provincial bridges across the Province of Nova Scotia. Total estimated costs for these initiatives are $98.7 million. The Government of Canada will contribute up to $47.8 million, with a matching contribution from the Province of Nova Scotia. A contribution of three million dollars will be made by the Halifax Regional Municipality for the Highway 101 Margeson Drive Interchange project.

The highways and bridge funding is in addition to funding announced April 30 under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. At that time, the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia committed $55.8 million towards 26 projects across the province as well as $28 million for projects to be determined in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).

It was announced on September 13, 2009 that the $28 million set aside for the HRM and CBRM would be increased to more than $30 million, and 31 projects have been selected for funding under this commitment. Federal funding for these projects totals $15.1 million with a matching contribution from the province of Nova Scotia. Eleven projects were selected in the HRM with a federal contribution of $11.2 million and 20 projects were selected in the CBRM with a federal contribution of $3.9 million.

In addition to the projects announced today, the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia have set aside an additional $4 million each in stimulus funding for water and wastewater projects across the province. Specific projects will be identified following discussions with municipalities.

To view "Highway and bridge infrastructure projects" and "Halifax regional municipality infrastructure projects", please click on the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/infra0913.pdf


BACKGROUNDER

CAF and RInC FUNDs AT WORK IN NOVA SCOTIA

Canada Supports 21 Community Infrastructure Projects across the Province

Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the government developed the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program, which will provide $500 million over the next two years to renovate and upgrade recreational facilities in communities across the country.

Investments through the RInC Program are helping to create local construction jobs and encourage economic activity right away, while providing Canadians in Nova Scotia with better facilities in which to play, relax and connect with their community.

Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the government also established the Community Adjustment Fund. Over the next two years, through CAF, the government is investing $1 billion across the country to protect Canadians who are being hit hardest during these difficult times. Through CAF, we are reducing the impacts of the global economic downturn by delivering timely and targeted support to Canadian workers, families, communities and businesses.

The list of the 21 Community Infrastructure Projects across the Province is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Omnibus_Backgrounder_eng2.pdf

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    ACOA Nova Scotia
    David Harrigan
    Senior Communications Officer
    902-426-4238
    or
    Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
    Cathy MacIsaac
    Director of Communications
    902-471-8098