Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

September 23, 2009 11:26 ET

Economic Action Plan Gets Shovels in the Ground Across Nova Scotia

NEW GLASGOW, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2009) - The federal and provincial governments today announced nearly $8 million for eight water and wastewater infrastructure projects across the province. Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations made the announcement.

"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 water and wastewater infrastructure projects today, we can build strong, healthy, stable communities for the future."

Funding for the eight water and wastewater projects comes from the $8 million joint federal-provincial commitment made on September 13, 2009, for stimulus projects under the water and wastewater-funding category. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $4 million towards these eight projects, with a matching contribution from the province. Projects include water main replacements in the Municipality of Annapolis, improvements to Phase 2 of the New Germany sewer system in Lunenburg County, the Coalburn wastewater extension in Pictou County and water and wastewater upgrades on Main Street in Louisbourg, Cape Breton Regional Municipality.

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.

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.


Backgrounder

INFRASTRUCTURE STIMULUS FUND AT WORK IN NOVA SCOTIA

Canada and Nova Scotia support eight water and wastewater projects

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 upgrades and improvements to eight water and wastewater projects across Nova Scotia. Total estimated costs for these initiatives are $11.9 million. The Government of Canada will contribute close to $4 million, with a matching contribution from Nova Scotia. Municipalities will contribute the remaining funds.

Funding for the eight water and wastewater projects comes from the joint federal-provincial commitment made on September 13, 2009, for stimulus projects under the water and wastewater funding category.

This funding is in addition to the nearly $91 million in federal funding already announced in Nova Scotia under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, including more than $47.8 million for 40 highway and bridge construction and rehabilitation projects and nearly $15 million for projects in the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, announced on September 13, 2009.

The list of water and wastewater infrastructure projects can be found here: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/inftab.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