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Government of Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia

October 14, 2014 12:30 ET

Government Partnership to Rehabilitate Sections of National Highway System

Project made possible thanks to New Building Canada Plan

DIGBY COUNTY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 14, 2014) -

Several activities took place today across Nova Scotia to announce the rehabilitation of sections of the National Highway System (NHS) in Nova Scotia. The Government of Canada has conditionally set aside up to $20 million under the New Building Canada Plan to support the Province's plan to restore various sections of the NHS.

The announcement was made in the following locations on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec:

  • Stellarton with the Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, who was joined by Troy Webb, Area Manager, Pictou, on behalf of the Honourable Randy Delorey, Minister of Environment and MLA for Antigonish;
  • Cookville with 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, who was joined by Greg Newell, Area Manager Yarmouth/Shelburne, on behalf of Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, MLA for Lunenburg; and
  • Bible Hill with Scott Armstrong, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development and Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, who was joined by Peter Hackett, Executive Director, Highway Engineering and Construction, on behalf of the Honourable Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and MLA for Colchester North.

Meanwhile, Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, was joined by the Honourable Zach Churchill, Minister of Natural Resources and MLA for Yarmouth and by Gordon Wilson, MLA for Clare-Digby, in welcoming the announcement of federal support for this initiative.

Numerous sections of Nova Scotia's 100 series highway system will be improved. Work will include rehabilitating the asphalt riding surface, installing shoulder rumble strips, widening paved shoulders where necessary, and upgrading the guardrail systems. The work will span four years and take place in the counties of Digby, Halifax, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish, Queens, Yarmouth, Cumberland, Richmond and Lunenburg.

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 10 years, Nova Scotia will benefit from approximately $1 billion in dedicated federal funding, including more than $426 million under the New Building Canada Fund.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada is conditionally setting aside up to one half of eligible costs, to a maximum of $20 million for this project under the New Building Canada Fund's Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-National and Regional Projects (PTIC-NRP). 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 be responsible for all remaining costs of the project, which has an estimated total project cost of $50 million.
  • 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 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.


"Our Government's support for public infrastructure has never been stronger. We are proud to invest in projects like the rehabilitation of Highway 101 in Digby County, which benefits families, residents, visitors and businesses across the area, for years to come. We are pleased to continue to work with the Province of Nova Scotia 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."

Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova

"Not only is road work vital for keeping things moving in Nova Scotia, road construction provides hundreds of hours good paying jobs and spinoff benefits such as truck hiring and the purchasing of materials."

Gordon Wilson, MLA for Clare-Digby

Associated Links

To learn more about the New Building Canada Fund - Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component - National and Regional Projects, please visit

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada's Economic Action Plan at

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

    Pam Menchenton
    Media Relations Advisor
    Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
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