Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

September 24, 2009 12:29 ET

Minister Baird Gives Municipalities 'A+'

More than 75 per cent of projects slated to start this year are already underway!

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2009) - Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, John Baird, today gave hundreds of municipalities across Canada an 'A+' for acting quickly in getting infrastructure projects underway and helping stimulate Canada's economy and create jobs.

To date, we have committed more than $7.8 billion to over 4,800 projects as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. When combined with other contributions from other levels of government, more than $21.7 billion has been committed toward infrastructure projects across the country, and work on projects has started in every province and territory.

As of September 1st, of the 1,365 projects planned to start this year from the new Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, more than 75 per cent of them are already underway.

"Without the help of cities and towns in every corner of the country, getting contracts awarded, tenders issued, and projects underway, we wouldn't be seeing the effects we are today," said Minister Baird. "They deserve an 'A+' for this tremendous effort. Together, we are helping Canada get through the tough economic times and emerge stronger than ever."

Municipalities are partnering with other levels of government to stimulate the Canadian economy and create jobs together.

Canada's Economic Action Plan includes an historic investment of almost $12 billion to build or upgrade infrastructure in communities across Canada, including the following investments:

- $4 billion for the new Infrastructure Stimulus Fund

- Accelerating the Building Canada Fund

- Doubling the Gas Tax Fund transfer from $1 billion to $2 billion and moving the first payment from July to April

- Launching the $1 billion Green Infrastructure Fund

- Cutting red tape and simplifying the application and approval processes

In record time, municipalities across Canada have:

- Become investment partners along side the Government of Canada, provinces and territories;

- Submitted applications for local infrastructure projects; and

- Issued tenders and contracts to companies for quicker construction start-ups.

The Government of Canada introduced Canada's Economic Action Plan to stimulate Canada's economy, restore consumer confidence, and provide immediate support to Canadian families and workers most affected by the current global economic downturn. Canadian municipalities have proven themselves willing and able allies in that effort.

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.

Contact Information

  • Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Office of Canada's Transport and
    Infrastructure Minister
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148