Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada
Government of Saskatchewan

Government of Saskatchewan

May 26, 2009 14:35 ET

Infrastructure Investments Will Create Jobs in Saskatchewan

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - May 26, 2009) - Communities across Saskatchewan will benefit from a federal-provincial partnership to support infrastructure projects across the province that will help stimulate the economy and create jobs. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, along with Wayne Elhard, Minister of Highways and Infrastructure and MLA for Cypress Hills today announced funding for 61 shovel-ready infrastructure projects under the new Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, announced in Canada's Economic Action Plan.

"Our Government is making smart investments that will improve Saskatchewan's infrastructure, inject additional capital into our economy, and keep people working during these tough economic times," said Minister Ritz. "This infrastructure will improve our quality of life, as well as help to boost our regional economy now and for years to come."

"This federal, provincial and municipal partnership and subsequent investment into provincial highways, municipal roads and bridges, and other infrastructure will work to ensure Saskatchewan residents continue to participate in our economic strength, stability and growth," said Minister Elhard.

The new federal $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects that will be built during this year's and next year's construction seasons. A total of 61 infrastructure projects in Saskatchewan will receive a joint federal-provincial investment of $160.2 million ($89.2 million federal, $71.0 million provincial) million under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. With municipal and other contributions, the overall investment could grow to more than $209 million. Projects being funded include several highway and local roads improvements, and wastewater initiatives in many communities across the province.

For provincial assets, the federal and provincial governments will each contribute up to fifty per cent of eligible costs. For municipal projects, the federal government will contribute up to one-third of eligible costs, with municipalities and the provincial government expected to contribute the remaining portion.

Under its Economic Action Plan, the Government of Canada is allocating $12 billion to infrastructure projects across the country. This is further complemented by an earlier commitment of $33 billion to infrastructure.

Canada and Saskatchewan are working together to create jobs and boost the economy, while making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure. Both governments have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.


BACKGROUNDER

INFRASTRUCTURE STIMULUS FUND IN SASKATCHEWAN

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government has established a new $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund that provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects. Funding is available for two years for projects that will be built during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.

About the Program

The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund complements existing federal infrastructure funding by focusing on short-term objectives for economic stimulus. To further this goal of rapid economic stimulus, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund will focus on construction-readiness as important project selection criteria. The full $4 billion will be distributed in fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. Projects will focus largely on the rehabilitation of existing assets such as water, wastewater, public transit, highways, roads, culture, parks, and trails.

For provincial assets, the federal and provincial governments will each contribute up to fifty per cent of eligible costs. For municipal projects, the federal government will contribute up to one-third of eligible costs, with municipal and provincial governments expected to contribute the remaining two-thirds.

Infrastructure Stimulus Fund at Work in Saskatchewan

Following discussion with the province of Saskatchewan, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is already at work in Saskatchewan. On May 26, 2009, Canada and Saskatchewan announced a joint investment of $160.2 million for up to 61 provincial and community infrastructure projects that will create jobs and help build stronger communities.

PROJECTS FUNDED UNDER INFRASTRUCTURE STIMULUS FUND

1. Provincial Highway Projects

$138.8 million will be invested into the following provincial highway projects. This work will be cost shared between the federal and provincial governments on a 50-50 basis.

- Highway 1 Bridge Replacement east bound at km 1.16

- Highway 1 Bridge Replacement east bound at km 1.77

- Highway 1 Bridge Replacement east bound at km 2.3

- Highway 1 Caronport to East of Mortlach

- Highway 1 East of Herbert to Rush Lake

- Highway 12 from 6 km north of the junction of Highway No. 312 to 1 km north of the Waldheim access

- Highway 13 7 km west of Limerick to 2.6 km East of LaFleche

- Highway 13 Shaunavon to Eastend

- Highway 16 from Radisson to 14 km west and from Maymont to 1 km west of Denholm

- Highway 16 from Springside to 2 km west of Insinger

- Highway 18 Glen Ewen to Oxbow

- Highway 2 from Imperial to Jct with Highway No. 15

- Highway 2 South of Bittern Creek to 5 km North of Jct Hwy 969

- Highway 23 Jct Hwy 3 to 8km North and Carrot River to Pasquia Regional Park

- Highway 32 East of Cabri

- Highway 32 Grid 649 at Lemsford to Prelate from km 17.67-36.63

- Highway 32 Lancer to Grid 649 at Lemsford from km 1.06 - 17.67

- Highway 40 from approximately 16 km west of Battleford to Wilbert

- Highway 40 from Wilbert to Alberta Border

- Highway 49 east of Lintlaw to east of Kelvington

- Highway 49 from junction of Highway No. 35 to Kelvington

- Highway 6, 6 km North of Gronlid to South of the North Saskatchewan River

- Highway 7 from 1 km east of Laura to 6 km west of Laura and 4 km west of Zealandia to 13 km west of Zealandia

- Junction of Highway No. 5 to the Community of Annaheim

2. Municipal Roads ($28.M in total)

City of Regina total funding is $10.3M with the federal contributions of $3.2M and City of Regina's contribution of $7.1M

- 12th Avenue Rehabilitation

- 13th Avenue Rehabilitation

- 9th Avenue Rehabilitation

- Bridge Rehabilitation - Arcola Avenue over Highway 1 Bypass

- Dorothy Street Rehabilitation

- Ross Avenue Widening and Rehabilitation

City of Saskatoon total investment of $13.9M with the federal contribution of $4.6M and the City of Saskatoon contribution of $9.3M.

- Arterial Road Preservation - 33rd Street

- Arterial Road Preservation - 8th Street

- Arterial Road Preservation 20th Street

- Arterial Road Preservation 8th Street

- Circle Drive Resurfacing

- Circle Drive to 33rd Street Ramp Resurfacing

- Confederation Drive Sidewalk Replacement

- Gravel Street Upgrade - 107th Street

- Idylwyld Drive/8th Street Exit Ramp Overpass

- Ramp - 33rd St. To Circle Drive - Resurfacing

- Ramp - CD Northbound to 8th Street - Resurfacing

- Sidewalk Reconstruction - Christopher Crescent

- Sidewalk Reconstruction - Pinehouse Drive

- Sidewalk Replacement - Russell Road

- Street Rehabilitation - 11th Street

- Street Rehabilitation - Kenderdine Road

- Street Rehabilitation - Marquis Drive

- Street Rehabilitation - 8th Street

- Street Resurfacing - Spadina Crescent

- University Drive Median Reconstruction

Rural Municipality Projects, totaling $4.2M with the Federal Government providing $1.4M, the Province providing $1.55M and the Municipalities providing $1.27M. More rural municipality announcements will be coming soon.

- Road Construction - Hot mix surfacing on Project No. 107, Class 4 Municipal Road, Grid 605 in the Rural Municipality of Brock No. 64 (E1, 12-9-6-W2)

- Road Construction - Hot mix surfacing on Project No. 501, Class 4 Municipal Road, in the Rural Municipality of Blucher No. 343.

- Road Construction - Grading on Project No. 454, a Class 5 Municipal Road in the Rural Municipality of Browning No. 34 (E 17, 20, 29, 32-4-5-W2)

- Road Construction - Grading on Project No. 458, a Class 5 Municipal Road in the Rural Municipality of Browning No. 34

- Road Construction - Hot mix surfacing on Project No. 106, Class 4 Municipal Road, Grid 605 in the Rural Municipality of Brock No. 64 (E 24, 25, 36-8-6-W2)

- Road Construction - Sealed Granular Surfacing on Project No. 105, a Class 4 Municipal Road, Grid 606 in the Rural Municipality of Cymri No. 36.

3. Water/Wastewater Projects

$42 million will be invested in the following water treatment/wastewater projects. The federal government will invest $10.6 million in these projects while The City of Regina will invest $23.4M and the City of Saskatoon will invest $8M.

Regina

- Global Transportation Hub Forcemain/gravity collection system

- Global Transportation Hub Pump Station

Saskatoon

- Preston Avenue Storm Trunk Rehabilitation

- Taylor Street Storm Sewer Rehabilitation

- Water Distribution - Water Main Renewal

Contact Information

  • Office of Canada's Minister of State for Transport
    Chris Hilton
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure
    Rosann Semchuk
    Executive Director
    Communications
    306-787-6815
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148