Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

April 23, 2010 16:45 ET

Government Gives $7.5 Million Boost to Northwest Territories Communities

Gas Tax Funding Payments Accelerated for Second Year in a Row

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - April 23, 2010) - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, announced today that communities across the Northwest Territories are getting an advance payment of $7.5 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 Aglukkaq. "This advance payment shows that our government has listened to communities and has 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, Northwest Territories communities benefited from $15 million in Gas Tax transfers.

These funds are at work across the Northwest Territories:

  • In Yellowknife, nearly $4 million from the Gas Tax Fund has been used to replace a pump house and construct a new water treatment plant
  • In Hay River, over $600,000 from the Gas Tax Fund was used to for the rehabilitation and sustainability of the drainage and underground water and sewer infrastructure
  • Fort Liard used nearly $650,000 from the Gas Tax Fund to construct a Sewage Treatment Facility

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 the Northwest Territories.

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 – Northwest Territories 

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

Year Allocation
2005-2006 4,500,000
2006-2007 4,500,000
2007-2008 6,000,000
2008-2009 7,500,000
2009-2010 15,000,000
2010-2011 15,000,000
2011-2012 15,000,000
2012-2013 15,000,000
2013-2014 15,000,000
Total 97,500,000

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