Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

September 01, 2009 15:00 ET

Federal Gas Tax Fund at Work in Greater Sudbury

GREATER SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2009) - Brian Jean, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Fort McMurray-Athabasca and Greater Sudbury Mayor John Rodriguez had shovels in hand today to symbolize the construction readiness of various road and bridge projects being funded through $5.65 million in federal Gas Tax funding.

"Our Government is getting shovels in the ground, flowing money to stimulate the economy and create jobs for Sudbury," said Parliamentary Secretary Jean. "Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, Greater Sudbury will be able to undertake significant road work in the coming weeks. This funding will help build a stronger city, while improving the quality of local roads and bridges, and giving a boost to the economy."

The federal Gas Tax Fund is being used to repair a variety of roads and bridges, including $1.25 million for Municipal Road 55, $2.1 million for Paris Street, and $2.3 million for various bridges and culverts.

"Today's ceremony reaffirms Greater Sudbury's commitment to continue working with senior levels of government to renew the vital infrastructure of this community," said Mayor Rodriguez. "The Government of Canada has made it possible to rehabilitate some of our city's heaviest travelled routes and vital underground culvert systems. We could never have achieved this level of progress on our own. It's a testament to the power of positive partnerships."

"The federal Gas Tax Fund acknowledges that all orders of government must work together to address the pressing need for infrastructure investment in Ontario," said Peter Hume, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). "The funding is supporting hundreds of important infrastructure projects and is critical to job creation, Ontario's competitiveness and environmental sustainability."

The federal Gas Tax Fund provides municipalities with predictable and long-term funding. It enables communities to invest in infrastructure projects that address local priorities and help to produce the shared national outcomes of cleaner air, cleaner water and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Ontario will receive, between 2005 and 2014, more than $4.8 billion in federal support through the federal Gas Tax Fund for infrastructure. Between 2005 and 2010, Sudbury will receive more than $25 million in federal support.

Citizens can track the progress of road construction projects on the City of Greater Sudbury's web site at www.greatersudbury.ca.

The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding an existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over the next two years.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    City of Greater Sudbury
    Pat McCauley
    Corporate Communications
    705-674-4455, ext. 2407