Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

October 29, 2013 09:19 ET

Minister Lebel Confirms Government of Canada's Support for Public Transit to Canadian Urban Transit Association

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 29, 2013) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities, and Intergovernmental Affairs, today discussed how the Government of Canada is providing support to public transit at the Canadian Urban Transit Association's Transit Awareness Days Breakfast Reception.

"Our government has consistently shown its commitment to public transit across the country," said Minister Lebel. "Our New Building Canada Plan is providing the largest and longest plan in the history of our country and public transit projects are eligible in every category. As we implement the New Building Canada Plan, I look forward to continuing to work with the Canadian Urban Transit Association to ensure Canadians can benefit from world class infrastructure."

Since 2006, more than $5 billion has been provided to provinces and municipalities to address their transit priorities. In addition, since 2006, more than $2 billion of the now permanent Gas Tax Fund has been used by municipalities for public transit projects. Canada's Gas Tax Fund provides predictable, long-term funding for Canadian municipalities to help them build and revitalize public infrastructure while creating jobs and long term prosperity. Five of Canada's largest cities - Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton - have directed most of their Gas Tax Fund to public transit.

Economic Action Plan 2013 builds on the Government of Canada's investments with $70 billion for public infrastructure, including the $53 billion New Building Canada Plan to build roads, bridges, subways, commuter rail, and other public infrastructure in cooperation with provinces, territories, and municipalities over 10 years, starting in 2014-15.

The New Building Canada Plan, combined with other federal infrastructure investments, supports Canada's infrastructure advantage, which is a key enabler of economic growth and job creation.

For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure visit Infrastructure Canada or follow us on Twitter at @INFC_eng.

For further information about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Marie-Josee Paquette, 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
    613-943-1848

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