Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

April 23, 2010 17:18 ET

Government Invests $28 Million to Boost Saskatchewan Municipalities

Gas Tax Funding Payments Accelerated for Second Year in a Row

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - April 23, 2010) - The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture, announced today that municipalities across Saskatchewan are getting an advance payment of $28 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 by three months. This move is part of Canada's Economic Action Plan which aims to boost employment and help communities grow stronger than ever as they move out of the global economic downturn.

"Our Conservative Government is making smart investments that stimulate our economy and make our country stronger," said Minister Ritz. "This advance payment shows that our Government has listened to municipalities 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, Saskatchewan municipalities benefited from $56 million in Gas Tax transfers.

These funds are at work across Saskatchewan:

  • The city of Melfort used more than $772,000 from the Gas Tax Fund to update old sewer infrastructure by constructing a new main sewage lift station
  • The regional municipality of Limerick used nearly $40,000 from the Gas Tax Fund to upgrade filters at their water treatment plant, thereby providing cleaner water to local residents
  • The town of Birch Hills used $149,000 from the Gas Tax Fund to upgrade their water treatment plant, thereby providing safer water to local residents

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 Saskatchewan.

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 – Saskatchewan

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

Year Allocation
2005-2006 17,729,000
2006-2007 17,729,000
2007-2008 23,638,000
2008-2009 29,548,000
2009-2010 59,095,000
2010-2011 56,055,000
2011-2012 56,055,000
2012-2013 56,055,000
2013-2014 56,055,000
Total 371,959,000

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