Infrastructure Canada

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Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Cape Breton Regional Municipality
Government of Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia

November 12, 2014 11:00 ET

Government Partnership to Rehabilitate Seven Arterial Roads in Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Project possible thanks to New Building Canada Plan

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 12, 2014) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, the Honourable Denis Lebel, was joined today by the Honourable Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, on behalf of the Honourable Mark Furey, Minister of Municipal Affairs and His Worship Cecil Clarke, Mayor of Cape Breton Regional Municipality, to announce that the Government of Canada has conditionally set aside up to $956,666 under the New Building Canada Plan for Phase One of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) Arterial Roads Rehabilitation project in Nova Scotia.

The project involves the rehabilitation of seven different arterial roads in four different communities of the CBRM that are part of the CBRM's Arterial Road Rehabilitation Program. These roads provide access from the provincial highway system and residential areas to the downtown core and service areas. This project will improve safety and efficiency for travelers, as well as support the economic growth of CBRM and Nova Scotia by restoring distressed arterial road surfaces in order to extend their service life, address vehicle safety issues and restore the efficient movement and safe routing of local and commercial traffic.

The New Building Canada Plan is the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in Canada's history. This unprecedented commitment will provide $53 billion over the next decade to support provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure.

Over the next ten years, Nova Scotia will benefit from approximately $1 billion in dedicated federal funding, including almost $426 million under the New Building Canada Fund.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada is conditionally setting aside up to one third of eligible costs, to a maximum of $956,666 for this project under the New Building Canada Fund's Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-National and Regional Projects. This funding is conditional on the project meeting applicable federal eligibility requirements with respect to the New Building Canada Fund and the signing of a contribution agreement.
  • The Government of Nova Scotia will provide one-third of eligible costs up to $956,667.
  • The Cape Breton Regional Municipality will provide the remaining one-third of eligible costs (as well as any ineligible costs and costs overruns), for a contribution of $956,667. The total estimated cost for this project is $2,870,000.
  • The $53 billion New Building Canada Plan provides stable funding for a 10-year period, and includes:
    • The Community Improvement Fund, consisting of the Gas Tax Fund and the incremental Goods and Services Tax Rebate for Municipalities, which will provide over $32 billion to municipalities for projects such as roads, public transit and recreational facilities, and other community infrastructure.
    • The $14-billion New Building Canada Fund, which consists of:
      • The $4-billion National Infrastructure Component that will support projects of national significance; and
      • The $10-billion Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component for projects of national, regional and local significance. Of this amount, $1 billion is reserved for projects in communities with fewer than 100,000 residents through the Small Communities Fund.
    • An additional $1.25 billion in funding for the Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Canada Fund administered by PPP Canada.
    • $6 billion in funding continues to flow across the country this year and beyond under existing infrastructure programs.

Quotes

"Our Government's support for public infrastructure has never been stronger. We are pleased to work with the Province of Nova Scotia to approve projects under the New Building Canada Fund, to ensure that infrastructure funding continues to flow as we focus on creating jobs, promoting growth, and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada. We are proud to invest in Phase One of the CBRM Arterial Roads Rehabilitation project. It will sustain commercial activities and help promote economic growth in the region as well as make driving easier and safer."

- Peter MacKay, Member of Parliament for Central Nova, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia and Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

"The New Building Canada Fund provides a tremendous boost for infrastructure improvements in communities across the province. We are pleased to see that funding has been identified for key road work in CBRM to ensure residents can commute safely throughout the municipality. We will continue to work with our federal colleagues and municipalities to ensure improvements to key infrastructure are completed in a timely manner."

- Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

"The Cape Breton Regional Municipality is the first Nova Scotia municipality to have funding conditionally set aside under the New Building Canada Fund. We are ready to continue to work to advance project proposals for the next phases for the consideration of provincial and federal governments."

- Cecil Clarke, Mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Associated Links

To learn more about the New Building Canada Fund - Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component - National and Regional Projects, please visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-eng.html.

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html.

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada's Economic Action Plan at http://www.eap.gc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Vincent Rabault, 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
    613-943-1838

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

    Christina Lamey
    Office of the Mayor
    Cape Breton Regional Municipality
    902-574-0178
    clamey@cbrm.ns.ca

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
    media@infc.gc.ca