Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia

April 30, 2009 08:27 ET

Canada and Nova Scotia Provide Infrastructure Boost to Stimulate Economy

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - April 30, 2009) - Communities across Nova Scotia will benefit from up to $136 million in joint federal-provincial investments for key infrastructure projects, thanks to a partnership between the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia. Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Gateway, and Rodney MacDonald, Premier of Nova Scotia, today announced funding for shovel-ready infrastructure projects under existing infrastructure programs and new money allocated in Canada's Economic Action Plan.

In addition, Minister MacKay noted that the federal government and partners have identified six projects, worth $172 million to support the longer-term objectives of the Atlantic Gateway. The Government of Canada has set aside up to $86 million under Building Canada for these initiatives that will help set the foundation for the Atlantic Gateway and enable it to become an efficient, integrated and competitive transportation system with direct and reliable access to and from North America's economic heartland.

"The Government of Canada's number one priority is to stimulate our economy and create jobs for Canadians," said Minister MacKay. "Thanks to the strong relationship between our two governments, we can work together to help Nova Scotia communities remain competitive and prosperous. The Government of Canada is also helping Halifax and Nova Scotia to play their role as a major trade gateway to the world. We understand the importance of investing in roads, bridges and other infrastructure to boost the economy and make our communities stronger."

"Our Building for Growth plan is about getting people working, and keeping our economy growing," said Premier MacDonald. "Our plan is also based on strategic investments that will benefit our economy and the quality of life for Nova Scotians for years to come."

The Premier said the roads, Gateway and tourism-related investments are key to maintaining the province's economic growth over the long term. Municipal projects support the province's commitment to become a leader in greening communities.

The new federal $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects that will be built during this year's and next year's construction seasons. Twenty-six infrastructure projects in Nova Scotia will receive a joint federal-provincial investment of $55.8 million under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia have set aside $28 million in joint funding for stimulus projects to be applied for by the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Specific projects will be identified following discussions with both municipalities.

For provincial assets, the federal and provincial governments will each contribute up to fifty per cent of eligible costs. For municipal projects, the federal and provincial governments will contribute up to two-thirds of eligible costs, with municipalities expected to contribute one-third. Federal financial support for these infrastructure improvements is conditional on meeting all applicable federal eligibility and approval requirements under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.

As well, today the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia announced joint funding of more than $25 million for 13 projects in communities of fewer than 100,000 residents under the Communities Component. Budget 2009 also provides an additional $500 million nationally for the Communities Component for projects that can be built over the next two years. Today, both governments announced $28 million for 38 projects under this "top up". The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are contributing two-thirds of the total eligible costs of these projects, while Nova Scotia communities are contributing the remainder of the funds.

Canada and Nova Scotia 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 Nova Scotia.

For more information, please visit:

To view the backgrounder entitled INFRASTRUCTURE STIMULUS FUND IN NOVA SCOTIA, please click the following link:

To view the backgrounder entitled Canada-Nova Scotia Building Canada Fund - Communities Component, please click the following link:

To view the backgrounder entitled THE ATLANTIC GATEWAY, please click the following link:

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Cathy MacIsaac
    Director of Communications
    Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
    Infrastructure Canada