Government of Canada

Government of Canada

November 28, 2014 18:37 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Minister Findlay Highlights Harper Government's Significant New Infrastructure Investments

DELTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 28, 2014) -

This document corrects and replaces the press release that was sent today, November 28, 2014, at 3:14 PM EST. The investment amount is $5.8 billion, not $5.6 billion.

Speaking in Delta, Hon. Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, MP for Delta-Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue today highlighted the benefits of the Harper Government's new $5.8 billion investment in infrastructure, designed to build and renew federal infrastructure assets across the country.

Announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on November 24, the new funding will lead to improvements in border infrastructure, federal laboratories and research facilities, museums, national historic sites, parks and marine conservation areas, shipbuilding, small craft harbours, transportation assets, and other federal buildings and assets. These will help repair, modernize and build important federal assets, create jobs, support services to Canadians, including food safety, and contribute to Canada's long-term economic prosperity.

For British Columbia, this new investment will see the completion of:

  • Highway improvements in Kootenay National Park And along the Alaska Highway
  • Repairs to the Royal Canadian Navy's dry dock in Esquimalt.
  • Ventilation and air handling system modernizations at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's key food safety testing laboratory for the province of B.C. in Burnaby, and the national laboratory for plant health and safety in Sidney.
  • Electrical infrastructure reconstruction at the Steveston Harbour (Paramount) in Richmond to provide a more reliable and efficient electrical supply to wharves, floats and service areas.
  • Upgrades to border infrastructure, including the Boundary Bay Port of Entry to support the safe and efficient flow of travel and trade across the Canada-United States Border

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided an unprecedented level of funding to support investments in public infrastructure across the country. Economic Action Plan 2013 included $70 billion for public infrastructure over ten years, including the $53 billion New Building Canada Plan to support provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure to enhance economic growth, job creation and productivity.

Quick facts

The Government will invest $5.8 billion in infrastructure across the country in areas such as heritage, education, defence, borders, research facilities, harbours, transportation, and search and rescue. This includes:

  • $2.6 billion to support infrastructure improvements to heritage, tourism, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada;
  • $500 million for the repair and construction of on-reserve schools;
  • $452 million to repair and upgrade Canadian Armed Forces facilities;
  • $440 million to expedite the replacement of border infrastructure, including investing in the modernization of the Port of Entry facilities at Boundary Bay. It is anticipated that the completed project will be in excess of $12M.
  • Approximately $400 million to maintain, upgrade and construct federally-owned buildings and other assets across Canada;
  • $380 million for major repairs and upgrading of federal laboratories and research facilities;
  • $288 million for repair and maintenance of small craft harbours;
  • $204 million to support enhancements to federally-owned and operated airports as well as improvements to VIA Rail Canada Inc.'s rail infrastructure;
  • $183 million for the repair and procurement of vessels and small craft for the Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries and Oceans Canada to support activities including search and rescue, science, and conservation; and
  • $191 million to undertake renewal and repairs of heritage and museum sites.

Quotes

"With the New Building Canada Plan and this new investment of $5.8 billion in federal infrastructure, we are building on our solid record of strengthening the infrastructure that benefits Canadians from coast to coast to coast - including right here at the Boundary Bay Port of Entry. We will continue to support infrastructure projects that encourage job creation and economic growth, while improving the quality of life for all Canadians."

Hon. Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, MP for Delta-Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue

Related Product

http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/11/24/pm-announces-new-infrastructure-investments-across-canada

Associated Links

Federal Gas Tax Fund

The New Building Canada Plan

Contact Information

  • Noel Carisse
    Media Relations
    Canada Revenue Agency
    613-952-9184