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October 16, 2014 11:30 ET

Member of Parliament James Bezan Highlights Harper Government's Support for Infrastructure to the Association of Manitoba Municipalities

SELKIRK, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Oct. 16, 2014) - James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, spoke today to the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) regarding the New Building Canada Plan, the renewed federal Gas Tax Fund Agreement with Manitoba and what they mean for municipalities across the province.

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 that enhances economic growth, job creation and productivity.

As part of the New Building Canada Plan, the renewed federal Gas Tax Fund provides predictable, long-term, stable funding for Canadian municipalities to help them build and revitalize their local public infrastructure while creating jobs and long term prosperity.

Since 2006, significant improvements have been made to the Gas Tax Fund. It has been extended, doubled, indexed and made permanent, and the eligible categories have been expanded, providing municipalities with more flexibility than ever before to support local infrastructure. By enshrining these commitments in legislation, municipalities are assured of an ongoing funding stream to address their municipal infrastructure needs and priorities.

Quick Facts:

  • 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, which will support projects of national significance; and
      • The $10-billion Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component, which will support projects of national, regional and local significance. Of this amount, $1 billion is reserved 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; and,
    • $6 billion in funding that continues to flow across the country this year and beyond under existing infrastructure programs.

  • For Manitoba, the New Building Canada Plan represents approximately $1.2 billion in dedicated federal funding, including more than $467 million under the New Building Canada Fund, with approximately $47 million dedicated to the Small Communities Fund, and an estimated $713 million under the federal Gas Tax Fund.*

  • In addition to these amounts, Manitoba may also benefit from the $4-billion National Infrastructure Component, as well as the P3 Canada Fund.

*NOTE: Gas Tax funding by jurisdiction for the first five years (2014-2019) is based on 2011 Census data. Gas Tax funding for 2019-2024 will be based on 2016 Census data. For illustrative purposes, Census 2011 data has been used for all 10 years. Due to the indexation of the Gas Tax Fund, funding for 2019-2024 is expected to be at least equal to Gas Tax funding for the first five years.

Quotes:

"Through the New Building Canada Plan, our Government is pleased to provide municipalities with flexible infrastructure funding that allows them to support projects that address their local needs. Our Government is committed to supporting infrastructure projects that encourage job creation, economic growth and contribute to the quality of life of all Manitobans."

- James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake

"The new indexed Gas Tax Fund provides predictable and long-term infrastructure funding. Manitoba municipalities cannot fix municipal infrastructure alone, so we appreciate partnerships with other orders of government."

- Doug Dobrowolski, President of the AMM

Additional information:

- The New Building Canada Plan

- Federal Gas Tax Fund

- Renewed GTF Agreement with Manitoba

Contact Information

  • Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities
    and Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of the
    Economic Development Agency of Canada
    for the Regions of Quebec
    613-943-1838

    Denys Volkov
    Director of Policy and Communications,
    Association of Manitoba Municipalities
    204-856-2362

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