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Union of British Columbia Municipalities

Union of British Columbia Municipalities

March 17, 2008 13:43 ET

Infrastructure Canada: Westside, Barriere and Clearwater Sign On for Gas Tax Funding

WESTBANK, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2008) - British Columbia's newest municipalities of Westside, Barriere and Clearwater received their first funding allocation through the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) earlier today. The three local governments are set to receive a combined amount of more than $6 million up to 2014. Westside will receive approximately $4,461,411, Barriere will receive close to $695,017, and Clearwater will receive approximately $846,407.

The GTF delivers funding to local governments and other eligible recipients primarily for public infrastructure projects that lead to cleaner air, cleaner water or reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The range of eligible capital projects includes public transit, community energy, water, wastewater and solid waste infrastructure improvements. Funding is also available for planning projects that contribute to the sustainability of communities and regions.

Westside Mayor Rosalind Neis, Clearwater Deputy Mayor Ken Kjenstad and Barriere Mayor Mike Fennell signed funding agreements on behalf of their communities. The federal Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Stockwell Day, the Minister of Community Services, Ida Chong, and UBCM President Susan Gimse joined them in celebrating the milestone.

"As a new municipality, the District of Westside has a number of infrastructure needs, which will definitely benefit from the federal Gas Tax Fund," said Mayor Neis. "We want to make sure that Westside residents can all enjoy the natural beauty of our municipality, and ensure its environmental integrity for many years to come."

UBCM administers funding under the GTF in B.C. in collaboration with Canada and B.C. The first phase of the GTF in B.C. runs from 2005 to 2010.

"In the immediate future these funds will be used to help establish a recycling depot in the District of Barriere," said Mayor Fennell. "Now that the Gas Tax Fund has been made permanent, we will plan for the long term and study water system upgrades and installing a waste water system in the District of Barriere."

At the same event, Canada, B.C. and UBCM extended the Gas Tax Fund agreement to add $1 billion dollars to fund B.C. local governments' infrastructure between 2010 and 2014. The extension of the funding agreement fulfills a promise in the 2007 federal budget. The GTF was made permanent in the 2008 federal budget.

"The government's decision to make the Gas Tax transfer permanent is certainly good news for all communities," said Deputy Mayor Kjenstad. "The community of Clearwater will now have greater flexibility and assurance to maintain and build greener sustainable infrastructure projects. This is a good step in providing a stable funding format for our District."

Please visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca or www.civicnet.bc.ca for background information on the Canada - B.C. - UBCM Gas Tax Agreement.

See also the background document "Community Works Fund Allocations, 2010-2014", which provides annual allocation figures for eligible B.C. local governments.

A backgrounder is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/bakkk.pdf

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