Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

November 30, 2011 10:21 ET

Government of Canada Invites Partners to Join in Developing a Long-Term Infrastructure Plan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2011) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Region of Quebec, today launched the formal engagement process that will bring together the Government of Canada, provinces, territories, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and others to develop a new long-term plan for public infrastructure beyond the expiry of the Building Canada Plan in 2014.

"Completing the economic recovery remains our Government's top priority. Our new plan will help identify Canada's infrastructure priorities to meet the needs of Canadians and build a more prosperous, competitive, and sustainable economy," said Minister Lebel. "Working together with partners, we will take stock, identify opportunities, and build the foundation of a new infrastructure plan that supports economic growth and job creation."

The engagement process will take place in three phases over the next year. First, the Government of Canada will work together with its partners to take stock of recent accomplishments and their impacts, and examine the results of the significant investments that have been made by all orders of government. The second phase will be working with our partners and leading experts to collaborate on research and analysis that will inform and guide the long-term infrastructure plan.

This important work will lay the foundation for the third phase that will include a series of in-depth discussions with partners to confirm the principles and priorities of the plan. The result: an effective, sustainable, long-term infrastructure plan for Canadians.

As the Government of Canada develops this new plan, it will continue to deliver significant infrastructure investments through the $33-billion Building Canada Plan. It has also tabled legislation to make the $2 billion Gas Tax Fund permanent, providing stable and predictable funding for municipalities to help support their local infrastructure priorities.

Through strong partnerships with provinces, territories, municipalities and other stakeholders, the Government of Canada is leading the way in investing in public infrastructure.

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BACKGROUNDER

The Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge

The new ten-lane Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge will span the Rideau River, alleviating traffic congestion, relieving pressure on existing bridges, and offering new travel routes to commuters in Ottawa South. Connecting Strandherd Drive and Earl Armstrong Road, the bridge will have four general-purpose vehicle lanes and two auxiliary turning lanes, two dedicated transit lanes, as well as two on-road cycling lanes and sidewalks in each direction to accommodate pedestrian traffic. The bridge will provide a critical continuous east-west arterial link across the Rideau River. The construction of the bridge will take pressure off existing bridges at Hunt Club Road and Bridge Street in Manotick.

The work also included the widening of Earl Armstrong Road from River Road to Limebank Road, the widening of Strandherd Road from Woodroffe Avenue to Prince of Wales Drive, building a new transit station with a Park & Ride facility at Woodroffe Avenue and Strandherd Drive and constructing transit priority lanes from the new station along Woodroffe Avenue to the Fallowfield Park & Ride Station.

The Government of Canada is funding up to one-third of total eligible costs to a maximum contribution of $35 million. The Province of Ontario is also contributing up to $33.6 million towards the transit elements of the project. The total estimated cost of the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge initiative along with the Strandherd and Earl Armstrong approach roads is $102 million. Construction began in spring 2010 and is targeted for completion in late 2012.

BACKGROUNDER

The Engagement Process for Developing a Long-Term Infrastructure Plan

The Government of Canada is engaging its key partners - provinces, territories, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and other stakeholders to develop a long-term infrastructure plan. Building on past achievements while strengthening partnerships between all orders of government, the process will roll out in three phases:

Phase 1: Taking Stock (Fall 2011-Winter 2012)

Taking Stock is about working with our partners to review the accomplishments and results of past infrastructure investments. The Government of Canada will work together with provincial, territorial and municipal partners to review past infrastructure investments and initiatives and examine their benefits for communities.

Phase II - Identifying Priorities (Winter-Summer 2012)

To help ensure all levels of government have the right information to make informed decisions on infrastructure investments, we will work with our partners and stakeholders, as well as with technical experts and academics, to build knowledge around five broad themes:

  • 1) Infrastructure and the Economy
  • 2) Infrastructure and the Environment
  • 3) Infrastructure and Stronger Communities
  • 4) Financing Infrastructure
  • 5) Asset Planning and Sustainability

Phase III - Informing the Next Agenda (Summer-Fall 2012)

Building on the work of the first two phases, we will have in-depth and constructive discussions with our provincial, territorial and municipal partners and other key stakeholders. Together, we will explore the broad principles and future directions for public infrastructure in Canada, and discuss key lessons learned from past plans and programs that can help develop the next long-term public infrastructure plan.

As this engagement process unfolds, www.infrastructure.gc.ca will feature regular updates, along with research publications as they are developed.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities
    Pierre Florea
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700

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