Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

March 12, 2009 15:25 ET

Canadians to Benefit From Infrastructure Stimulus

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 12, 2009) - The infrastructure boost that will create jobs and help Canada's economy is on track said Transport and Infrastructure Minister John Baird. These comments were made during an announcement which accelerated investments of $174 million for highway improvements in British Columbia.

Baird pointed out that the Government of Canada has delivered unprecedented action to stimulate the Canadian economy.

"We have rolled up our sleeves, worked with our provincial and territorial partners, and have delivered on our promise to improve infrastructure across Canada and create jobs for Canadians," said Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister. "Our record speaks for itself. In a few short months we have delivered results that will keep Canada's economy moving."

A few months ago, Baird launched national consultations with provincial and territorial ministers aimed at accelerating investments in bridges, roads, and other infrastructure. Since these national consultations, the Government has delivered its 2009 Economic Action Plan which accelerates and expands the recent historic federal investment in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years.

The Government's unprecedented investments in transit, highways, bridges, water treatment, and recreation and cultural centres are not only designed to create jobs and stimulate the economy in the short term, but they will also build the legacy of Canadian communities for years to come.

Progress to date

- Close to $1.5 billion in joint funding for 480 projects in smaller communities have been approved and announced in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Ontario.

- GO Transit in Ontario, with a federal contribution of up to $250 million. Better transit will help families and businesses.

- Detailed design plans for the first year of the 10-year repair program on the Champlain Bridge in Montreal are complete and the tendering process for initial contracts is underway. A similar competitive bidding process will be undertaken for the Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia, Ontario and the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Ontario, in early spring.

- The Government of Canada is investing $50 million in the HELP Clean Water (Huron Elgin London Project) in London, Ontario, which will take action to bring clean water to more than 500,000 people in Southern Ontario.

- The Nicomekl Bridge in British Columbia (federal commitment of more than $2.6 million) has received funding and will see construction begin soon. Better roads make it easier for people and goods to move and to do so more safely.

- Broadband connectivity for 21 remote First Nations communities in British Columbia (federal contribution of $7.86 million). This will support the delivery of health, education, and government services.

- The Evergreen transit line in British Columbia previously received $66.7 million under the Public Transit Capital Trust announced in Budget 2008, with a new federal contribution of up to $350 million.

- Highway 11 in Saskatchewan, with a federal commitment of $62 million, the Edmonton Ring Road interchange, with a federal commitment of up to $100 million, and Highway 101 in Nova Scotia, with a federal commitment of up to $6.75 million.

- Telus World of Science in Calgary, Alberta, with a federal investment of $40 million. This Centre will have a significant economic impact in Calgary, and will generate further economic spin-offs through increased tourism.

- The Government of Canada announced its commitment to provide a $13,345,000 grant to the Municipality of Shannon, Quebec to help the municipality complete the water supply system, which will improve its residents' quality of life.

- Since Budget 2009, communities across the country have received gas tax funding for projects identified as local priorities, such as the Squamish Commuter Corridor Trail in Squamish, British Columbia; a wastewater collection system in Chelsea, Quebec; and repairs to a collapsed culvert in the Township of Perry, Ontario. These funds will support municipal infrastructure that contributes to cleaner air, cleaner water and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

These investments are made possible through the successful partnerships from all levels of government, communities and the private sector; no one level of government can accomplish what we need to do alone.

Next steps

Under the Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada will make available up to $6.4 billion in new and accelerated infrastructure funding for provinces, territories and municipalities in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. It is expected that this funding will be cost-shared with other levels of government.

Included in this new funding is the $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. Discussions are being held with the provinces and territories to identify shovel-ready projects to be approved and announced in the coming days and weeks.

The Government of Canada is also accelerating $1 billion in accelerated payments under the provincial/territorial base fund. Since Budget 2009, Canada has given $115 million to provinces and territories under this initiative. Provinces and territories can choose to use all of the original $175 million allocation per jurisdiction to fund projects to be built in the next two years.

Small communities can receive an accelerated and additional $500 million in federal infrastructure funding. Furthermore, municipalities across the country continue to receive their Gas Tax Fund allocation.

"We are committed to speeding up the flow of these funds and cutting the red tape so provinces and territories can put shovels in the ground quickly to create jobs and see projects realized," said Baird. "Working together, we can build the infrastructure that will allow Canadians and the economy to thrive now and in the future."

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Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
    Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Infrastructure Canada