Government of Canada

Government of Canada
Halifax Regional Municipality

Halifax Regional Municipality
Government of Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia

November 14, 2013 12:30 ET

Dartmouth's Highfield Terminal Enhancement Well Underway

Project made possible thanks to federal Gas Tax Fund

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 14, 2013) - Commuters in the Highfield area of Dartmouth will soon benefit from a new state-of-the-art transit terminal, thanks to Canada's Gas Tax Fund.

Upgrade work presently underway involves extending the width and length of the passenger platform and constructing an operator service building. As well, a 46-inch display screen will provide passengers with information on transit routes, and outside seating will also be incorporated into the design of the terminal building.

"Our Government understands the importance of supporting local infrastructure projects like the reconstruction of the Highfield Terminal which will benefit passengers with a more secure and accessible environment," said Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret's. "We are proud to announce that the second installment of Canada's Gas Tax Fund for 2013 is being made available to Nova Scotia, as we focus on creating jobs, promoting growth, and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada."

"The cost of new or upgraded infrastructure can be a significant challenge for many municipalities and the Gas Tax Fund makes it possible for projects, like today's transit facility upgrades, to be completed," said Mark Furey, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. "These improvements help Halifax Regional Municipality meet their ongoing transit needs. The Province of Nova Scotia recognizes that Nova Scotians need transit services that are reliable and accessible and we are committed to working with our municipalities to support sound decision making for public transit."

"This new terminal will better service the transportation needs of the residents of Highfield Park now and for years to come," said Halifax Mayor Mike Savage. "This is a perfect example of all three levels of government working together for a common goal."

The Halifax Regional Municipality used $1,395,000 of its federal Gas Tax Fund allocation toward the total project cost of approximately $1,775,000.

The federal Gas Tax Fund provides long-term funding to municipalities across the country to build and revitalize their local infrastructure. The Government of Canada has now made the GTF a permanent transfer that will grow from its current $2 billion per year while providing increased flexibility on how the money can be used to fund local infrastructure priorities. Through the Gas Tax Fund alone, the Government of Canada provides $55.9 million in annual funding for municipal infrastructure in Nova Scotia. Between 2010 and 2014, the Halifax Regional Municipality will receive $100,192,924 from the federal Gas Tax Fund.

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Contact Information

  • Marie-Josee Paquette, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure,
    Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs,
    and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
    for the Regions of Quebec
    613-943-1848

    Tracy Barron
    Media Relations Advisor
    Province of Nova Scotia
    902-424-2733
    barrontb@gov.ns.ca

    Janet Bryson
    Senior Communications Advisor
    Halifax Regional Municipality
    902-490-5057
    brysonj@halifax.ca

    Dustin O'Leary, Marketing and Communications Advisor
    Halifax Regional Municipality - Corporate
    Communications
    (902) 490-6777
    (902) 490-4938 (FAX)
    Cell: (902) 430-4501
    www.halifax.ca

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
    Toll-free 1-877-250-7154