Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

March 20, 2015 09:30 ET

Harper Government Supports Major Energy Transmission Improvements in Prince Edward Island

New power cables to support economic development and provide stable and secure electricity supply

SUMMERSIDE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwired - March 20, 2015) - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Regional Minister for Prince Edward Island and Member of Parliament for Egmont, 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, was joined today by the Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), to announce that the Government of Canada has conditionally set aside up to $50 million from the Green Infrastructure Fund for a project to help stabilize the electricity supply in Prince Edward Island.

This infrastructure project, the most significant on Prince Edward Island since the Confederation Bridge, will support job creation and economic growth by making cheaper, cleaner forms of energy available to residents and businesses, thereby reducing reliance on generators.

The Northumberland Strait Power Cable Project will involve installing two, 180-megawatt, high-voltage submarine transmission cables across the Northumberland Strait, as well as the necessary on-land infrastructure. The cables will span 17 kilometres of the Strait from Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick, to Borden, Prince Edward Island. The existing cables installed in 1977 are nearing the end of their life-cycle. Connecting the new cables will help sustain uninterrupted service at a reasonable cost for Islanders.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada is investing up to $50 million in this project.
  • Federal funding is conditional on the project meeting all of the requirements under the Green Infrastructure Fund and the signing of a contribution agreement.
  • Through the Green Infrastructure Fund, the Government of Canada supports projects that promote cleaner air, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner water. This includes new or rehabilitation infrastructure projects.
  • This funding comes on top of the $400 million over ten years for PEI under the new Building Canada Plan for roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure.

Quotes

"The Harper Government is proud to support the most significant infrastructure project on PEI since the Confederation Bridge. The Northumberland Strait Power Cable Project will help ensure that the supply of electricity to Prince Edward Island residents is stable. This project will support job creation and economic growth while providing access to lower-priced electricity."

The Honourable Gail Shea

Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Egmont 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

"Our Government is pleased to support core infrastructure projects, like the Northumberland Strait Power Cable Project, that support job creation and economic growth in Atlantic Canada. This project will support economic development by making cheaper, cleaner forms of energy more accessible to residents and businesses."

The Honourable Rob Moore

Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

Associated Links

To learn more about the Green Infrastructure Fund visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/prog/gif-fiv-eng.html

For more information on how Prince Edward Island is revitalizing infrastructure in your area, visit: http://www.gov.pe.ca/tir/infrastructure

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/plan-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.budget.gc.ca/efp-peb/2014/home-accueil-eng.html.

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

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