Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

April 06, 2009 14:21 ET

Canada and British Columbia Accelerate Funding for Highway Improvements

Infrastructure investments to create jobs and get the economy moving

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 6, 2009) - The Honourable Jay Hill, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, along with Minister of Transportation, Kevin Falcon, today announced an investment of over $240 million for highway improvements throughout British Columbia that will create jobs, stimulate the economy and improve road safety.

"This Government is taking action to get shovels in the ground faster, stimulate the economy and create jobs for Canadians," said Minister Hill. "These highway initiatives will improve the safety and efficiency of our provincial highways while helping to generate economic stimulus for British Columbia."

"The B.C. government has been working with the Government of Canada to get these dollars flowing into communities across the province. These initiatives will improve travel and safety conditions and increase transportation efficiency on a number of highways across B.C.," said Minister Falcon. "They're expected to create over 1,500 direct jobs, at a time when the need for economic stimulus is greatest."

The funding will allow for these highway improvements to proceed during the upcoming construction season.

These highway initiatives are part of an overall, three-year $14-billion capital infrastructure program (www.gov.bc.ca/infrastructure) supported by the Province that will create up to 88,000 jobs and help build vital public infrastructure in every region of B.C.

Canada's contribution to today's announcement is sourced from British Columbia's share of the Provincial-Territorial Base Funding initiative. Consistent with Budget 2009, Canada is accelerating the approval and payment of the totality of the remainder of the $175 million available to the province under this initiative.

Beyond today's announcement, the Government of Canada is taking important steps to support economic growth. Canada's Economic Action Plan, announced in Budget 2009, is a balanced stimulus plan that includes massive investments in infrastructure, tax relief and transfers. This plan will provide close to $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years. This money is already at work and making a difference in B.C. through federal support to the provincial Towns for Tomorrow and LocalMotion programs.

For more information, please visit www.buildingcanada.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Jay Hill
    Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
    and Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River
    Barb Gale
    250-561-7922
    or
    Office of Canada's Minister of Transport and Infrastructure
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148