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Government of Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia

October 31, 2014 14:18 ET

Government Partnership to Upgrade Portion of Highway 101 in Digby County

Project possible thanks to New Building Canada Plan

DIGBY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 31, 2014) -

Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, 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 Gordon Wilson, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Clare-Digby, on behalf of the Honourable Geoff MacLellan, Nova Scotia Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, to announce that the Government of Canada has conditionally set aside up to $7.558 million under the New Building Canada Plan for the construction of a portion of Highway 101 in Nova Scotia.

A new controlled access highway will be built from Digby to Marshalltown, as part of the construction of a controlled access highway from Digby to Weymouth. The new highway corridor will replace an uncontrolled access section of Highway 101. It will enhance safe flow of traffic, effectively managing traffic volume to improve the flow of people and goods in the region.

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 half of eligible costs, to a maximum of $7.558 million 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 be responsible for all remaining costs of the project, which has a total estimated cost of $16.78 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.


"We are pleased to work with the Province of Nova Scotia to approve projects under the New Building Canada Plan, to ensure that infrastructure funding continues to flow in Nova Scotia as we focus on creating jobs, promoting growth, and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada. Infrastructure investments not only strengthen our communities, but are an important driver of economic growth and job creation in Nova Scotia and across Canada."

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

"Our Government's support for public infrastructure has never been stronger. Canada's highways are important links between our communities and across our country. We are proud to invest in projects like this new controlled access highway from Digby to Marshalltown. The Highway 101 project will help families, residents and visitors reach their destinations more safely and efficiently, while enabling our economy to remain competitive well into the future. "

- Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova

"This is the first step in continuing the controlled access highway between Digby and Weymouth. The province is completing detailed surveys in the area and determining access and right-of-way requirements. The province has major construction jobs going all over Nova Scotia and is taking advantage of federal dollars that are available."

- Gordon Wilson, Member of the Legislative Assembly 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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