Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Alberta

Government of Alberta

May 21, 2009 14:01 ET

Canada and Alberta Provide Infrastructure Boost to Communities Under 100,000

Funding will create jobs, boost local economy

PENHOLD, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - Rob Merrifield, Canada's Minister of State for Transport, and Luke Ouellette, Alberta's Minister of Transportation, today announced a joint investment of more than $226.9 million for 73 projects to stimulate the economy, support continued economic growth and help communities under 100,000 residents throughout Alberta meet their pressing infrastructure needs.

Over $122.9 million for 33 projects will be funded through existing federal 'Communities Component' investments. More than $104 million for the remaining 40 projects will be under the $500 million national "top up" that was provided in Canada's Economic Action Plan for 'Communities Component' projects that can be built over the next two years. Of the provincial share, an excess of $50 million will come from the Alberta Capital Plan.

Also part of today's announcement, the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta are each setting aside $80 million under the Economic Action Plan's Infrastructure Stimulus Fund for eligible projects that were submitted under the 'Communities Component.' The successful projects will be announced soon.

"We are teaming up with the Alberta government and local communities to deliver results to Albertans by building roads, upgrading wastewater and water treatment facilities, and improving broadband capacity," said Minister Merrifield. "Thanks to the strong relationship between our two governments, we can work together to help Alberta communities remain competitive and prosperous. We understand the importance of investing in roads and other infrastructure to boost the economy, create jobs, and make our communities stronger."

"This investment in municipal infrastructure will address much-needed projects in our communities and help keep Albertans working - one of the province's priorities in these uncertain economic times," said Minister Ouellette. "Alberta is pleased to continue to work in co-operation with the federal government on this and other shared funding programs."

The Government of Canada's 2009 Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure across Canada with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over the next two years.

Central to Alberta's Budget 2009 is Alberta's Capital Plan, which supports $7.2 billion in 2009-10 and a record $23.2 billion over three years to build roads, health care facilities, schools and other public infrastructure. This year's investment alone will support over 80,000 jobs across the economy directly benefitting Albertans and Alberta communities. This capital investment complements the government's four-point plan for economic recovery, which calls for keeping an eye on spending, using savings to protect programs and services for Albertans while keeping taxes low, continuing to invest in infrastructure, and promoting the province on the world stage.

For more information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, please visit: www.actionplan.gc.ca. The website www.creatingjobs.gc.ca has more information on federal infrastructure investments in Alberta.


BACKGROUNDER

Canada-Alberta Building Canada Fund - Communities Component

Under the Communities Component, the governments of Canada and Alberta are contributing two-thirds of the total eligible costs of these projects, while Alberta communities are contributing the remainder of the funds.

Canada and Alberta are working together to create jobs and boost the economy, while making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure. Both governments have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently to municipalities in Alberta.

Under the Communities Component, projects were evaluated by a federal-provincial committee through a competitive application-based process.

A table of the projects is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/Infrastructure_ENG_0521.pdf

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Alberta Transportation
    Jerry Bellikka
    Communications
    780-237-5509