Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

April 23, 2010 16:27 ET

Government Gives $33 Million Boost to Manitoba Municipalities

Gas Tax Funding Payments Accelerated for Second Year in a Row

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - April 23, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament for Provencher, announced today that municipalities across Manitoba are getting an advance payment of $33 million in Gas Tax Funding to help them make the most of the spring and summer construction seasons.

For the second consecutive year, the Government of Canada is accelerating its payment of Gas Tax Fund three months early. This is part of the Government's Economic Action Plan which aims to boost employment and help communities emerge stronger than ever from the economic downturn.

"Over the past year, our Government has taken steps to stimulate our economy and make our country stronger," said Minister Toews. "The advance payments of Gas Tax Funds, for a second year in a row, shows we have listened to municipalities and cut red tape to help accelerate infrastructure projects and create jobs."

Last year, the Government of Canada doubled the Gas Tax Fund to $2 billion. As a result, Manitoba municipalities benefited from nearly $67 million in Gas Tax transfers.

These funds are at work across Manitoba:

  • $10.3 million has been spent improving or constructing nearly 200 km of roads
  • $1.2 million has been used to improve or build nearly 15 active transportation pathways, including over $693,000 for seven sidewalks in Brandon
  • $700,000 was used to rehabilitate 14 bridges

In addition to accelerating the Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada announced that the Fund would become a permanent measure at $2 billion annually after 2014, to provide municipalities with long-term financial support.

The Gas Tax Fund represents stable, long-term, predictable funding that municipalities can pool, bank or borrow against for investments in municipal infrastructure such as drinking water, wastewater, improved roads, bridges, and public transit projects.

In addition to the Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada launched the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund in 2009 as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, which has resulted in new infrastructure investments across Manitoba. 

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

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This news release is available online at: www.creatingjobs.gc.ca.

Gas Tax Fund: Delivering Results For Canadians – Manitoba

The following table is a breakdown of the Gas Tax Fund allocation to Manitoba between 2005-2014:

Year Allocation
2005-2006 20,070,000
2006-2007 20,070,000
2007-2008 26,760,000
2008-2009 33,450,000
2009-2010 66,900,000
2010-2011 66,157,000
2011-2012 66,157,000
2012-2013 66,157,000
2013-2014 66,157,000
Total 431,878,000

For more information please visit: http://www.buildingcanada-chantierscanada.gc.ca/

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    James Kusie
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148