Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

April 07, 2009 13:18 ET

Canada-BC Infrastructure Partnership to Create Jobs and Support the Economy

WEST VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 7, 2009) - Urban and rural communities across British Columbia will benefit from a $290-million investment in key infrastructure projects, thanks to a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Province of B.C., announced Premier Gordon Campbell and Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway.

The infrastructure projects include provincial highway rehabilitation, public transit service improvements in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, projects in B.C.'s larger cities, as well as forest service roads. The Government of Canada is setting aside up to $116.6 million from the new Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The B.C. Government is contributing $134.7 million. Other funding partners are contributing the remaining $38.8 million.

"Every job counts, and this investment partnership will help create more than 1,800 direct jobs, as well as further stimulate the economy through improved movement and traffic flow," said Premier Campbell. "We are pleased to continue to deliver critical infrastructure projects across BC by working in close partnership with the Federal Government and our other funding partners."

"The Government of Canada's number one priority is to stimulate our economy and create jobs for Canadians. Our Government's investment will improve the capacity of B.C.'s highways and roads, inject additional capital into our economy, and keep people working during these tough economic times," said Minister Day. "Working together, we can build the infrastructure that will allow Canadians and the economy to thrive now and in the future."

The largest project under this investment will benefit North Shore area transit users and motorists with enhancements to Marine Drive and the Capilano River "blue bridge." The $40 million Marine Drive Transit Priority Project will result in reduced travel time and improved schedule reliability for the 95 North Shore buses (12 routes) that use Marine Drive and the Lions Gate Bridge during peak traffic periods.

This investment is part of an overall $14 billion capital infrastructure program 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 Economic Action Plan established a new $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund to provide funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure projects. Funding will be available for two years for projects that will begin during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons. This initiative is structured to move funds and get shovels in the ground quickly. Today's announcement builds on the announcement on March 13, 2009 of $48 million in joint funding for 161 community infrastructure projects under the Towns For Tomorrow and the LocalMotion programs, with Canada's contribution from the new Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.


BACKGROUNDER

INFRASTRUCTURE STIMULUS FUND

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government has established a new $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund that provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects. Funding is available for two years for projects that will be built during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.

About the Program

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund complements existing federal infrastructure funding by focusing on short-term objectives for economic stimulus. To further this goal of rapid economic stimulus, the ISF will focus on construction-readiness as important project selection criteria. The full $4 billion will be distributed in fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. Projects will focus largely on the rehabilitation of existing assets such as water, wastewater, public transit, highways, roads, culture, parks, and trails.

How it Works

Projects must satisfy program criteria and be confirmed in a funding agreement. Provincial and territorial projects will be identified through discussions with provincial and territorial governments. Proposals from municipal and non-governmental organizations will be considered through different selection processes in consultation with each province and territory. Details are being announced in each province and territory as they are available. All project proponents will have to attest that the project will be complete within the next two years and that the project would not have proceeded without federal funding. This is to ensure that the program provides economic stimulus quickly.

The program provides up to 50 percent of funding for provincial and territorial assets and not-for-profit private sector assets, 33 percent for municipal assets, and 25 percent of eligible costs for for-profit sector assets.

Who is Eligible?

Eligible recipients include provinces, territories, local regional governments and public sector, not-for-profit organizations and, in limited cases, private companies. Projects receiving funding under the ISF program must complete construction by March 31, 2011.

Municipalities under 100,000 people also have access to the $136 million in funding available under the Communities Component of Building Canada. Budget 2009 also committed an additional $500 million nationally for the Communities Component. Applications are currently being accepted until April 24, 2009 in British Columbia.

Stimulus Fund at Work in British Columbia

The Stimulus Fund is already at work in British Columbia. On March 13, 2009, Canada and British Columbia announced a joint investment of up to $48 million for up to 161 community infrastructure projects that will create jobs and help build stronger communities. Projects being supported under the Towns for Tomorrow and LocalMotion programs include cycling and pedestrian infrastructure and projects that improve water quality and address other important needs for smaller communities.


BACKGROUNDER


CANADA-BC PARTNERSHIP TO EXPAND INFRASTRUCTURE

The projects included under the $290-million Infrastructure Stimulus Fund investment are:

Metro Vancouver/ Fraser Valley:

- North/ West Vancouver: Transit accommodation including the replacement of the Old Capilano Bridge ("blue bridge"): $40 million

- North Vancouver: Rehabilitation of Iron Workers Memorial Bridge: $0.9 million

- Vancouver: Lakewood Dr. and Nanaimo St. bridge repair: $2 million

- Richmond: Southbound shoulder bus lane on Highway 99, Sea Island Way to Westminster Highway: $10.6 million

- Richmond: Northbound shoulder bus lane on Highway 99, Steveston Highway to Westminster Highway: $1.7 million

- Richmond: Grade separation of Nelson Road: $26.9 million

- Richmond: Extend Lansdowne Road to link #3 Road and Olympic Oval: $2 million

- Surrey: Construct cycling/ pedestrian overpass and bicycle paths: $10.7 million

- Surrey: Bridgeview Sewer System replacement: $8.5 million

- Abbotsford: Upgrade the McCallum Road Interchange: $25 million

- Coquitlam: Construct a new common force main: $1.2 million

- Hope: Replace two bridge structures on Highway 3 (Cedar Creek 1 and 2): $11.2 million

Vancouver Island:

- North Saanich: Construction of McTavish Road Interchange: $24 million

- Ucluelet: Resurfacing of Highway 4 in Kennedy Lake area: $2 million

- Port Alberni: Resurfacing of Highway 4 west of Riverbend Bridge: $3.1 million

- Sooke: Resurfacing of Highway 14 (Metchosin to Sooke): $6 million

- Sayward: Resurfacing of Highway 19 near Sayward: $4.1 million

The North:

- Prince George: New 4-lane bridge on Highway 97, replacing Stone Creek Bridge: $28 million

- Fort Nelson: Base strengthening and sealcoating of Highway 77 from Deasum Creek to the NWT border: $6 million

Interior:

- Quesnel: 4-laning of Highway 97 from Cody Road to Australian: $10 million

- 100 Mile House: 4-laning of Highway 97 at Stormy Road North: $3 million

- Lillooet: Gott Creek Bridge replacement: $3 million

- Falkland: Asphalt resurfacing on Highway 97: $3 million

- Enderby: Intersection improvements on Highway 97A: $5 million

- Kelowna: Construct new truck climbing lane on Highway 33 at Walker Hill: $5 million

- Kelowna: Construct a series of multi-use pathways and sidewalks: $11.5 million

- Kelowna: Upgrade Gordon Drive and replace Mission Creek Bridge: $15.6 million

Province-wide:

- Several communities: Forest service road upgrades: $20 million

The Government of Canada's financial contribution is subject to the projects meeting all requirements under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and the signing of an agreement with B.C.

Details of the Marine Drive Transit Priority project:

The existing two-lane "blue bridge" that crosses the Capilano River on Marine Drive in the westbound direction will be replaced with a modern, three-lane bridge. Transit queue jump lanes will be built on Marine Drive to facilitate priority access for buses travelling towards the southbound approaches of the Lions Gate Bridge. TransLink, the District of West Vancouver, and the District of North Vancouver will extend the transit-only lanes east of Capilano Road and west of Taylor Way. In addition, transit priority will be incorporated at the existing traffic lights at Taylor Way/ Marine Drive and Marine Drive /Capilano Road intersections. The new system will benefit the users of transit service between Vancouver and the North Shore and will reduce traffic congestion on Marine Drive at the north end of the Lions Gate Bridge.

The Marine Drive Transit Priority Project will create more than 500 jobs during construction. Construction will begin late this year, and is expected to be complete by March 2011. This project is a component of the $14-billion Provincial Transit Plan. The Provincial Transit Plan is a strategy to double transit ridership by increasing travel choice for people around the province, and reduce provincial transportation greenhouse gas emissions by 4.7 million tonnes cumulatively by 2020.

The Government of Canada's financial contribution is subject to the projects meeting all requirements under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund and the signing of an agreement with B.C.

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Minister of Transport and Infrastructure
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    or
    Office of the Premier
    Bridgitte Anderson
    Press Secretary
    604-307-7177
    or
    Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
    Dave Crebo
    Communications Director
    250-387-7787