Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Manitoba

Government of Manitoba

December 22, 2008 12:30 ET

Accelerating Infrastructure Investments in Manitoba

The governments of Canada and Manitoba sign $175-million Provincial-Territorial Base Funding Agreement

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2008) - Today, the governments of Canada and Manitoba announced they signed a $175-million agreement under the Building Canada infrastructure plan. The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, and Manitoba's Premier Gary Doer made the announcement.

"The Government of Canada recognizes that infrastructure investments are key to stimulating the economy and creating jobs. This is why we are working with our partners to accelerate priority projects," said Minister Toews. "This agreement is an important step toward getting funds flowing so construction can start next year."

Under this agreement, Manitoba will receive $25 million annually from the Government of Canada, for a total of $175 million through to 2014. These funds will be used to support core infrastructure priorities that are identified by the province through its annual capital plan. Both governments are working to finalize the first annual plan.

"We are pleased to sign off on this agreement, which will allow us to keep building Manitoba for the benefit of all citizens," Premier Doer said. "An important part of dealing with the current global economic downturn is to invest in infrastructure, which in turn creates jobs and new efficiencies for businesses. A modern infrastructure is one of the keys to a prosperous economy and we will continue to take this approach moving forward."

Money from the 13 Provincial-Territorial Base Funding Agreements will flow up-front and on a regular, predictable basis to support longer-term planning. Provinces and territories will be able to pool, bank, borrow against and cash manage these financial resources. Receiving governments will provide a plan of how they will use these federal funds.

Through its unprecedented Building Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is providing long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada and contribute to a stronger economy. Under the Building Canada plan, the Government of Canada will be investing at least $718 million in infrastructure in Manitoba between 2007 and 2014.

For information on the Building Canada plan, visit www.buildingcanada.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Office of the President of the Treasury Board
    Christine Csversko
    Director of Communications
    613-957-2666
    or
    Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
    Robert Makichuk
    Chief, Media Relations
    613-957-2391
    or
    Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure
    and Communities
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Province of Manitoba
    Jonathan Hildebrand
    Cabinet Communications
    204-945-1494
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148