Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

November 25, 2013 11:30 ET

Minister Lebel Confirms Government of Canada's Commitment to Public Transit

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 25, 2013) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities, and Intergovernmental Affairs, today discussed the Government of Canada's commitment to public transit through the New Building Canada Plan, at the Canadian Urban Transit Association's 2013 Fall Conference and Trans-Expo 2013.

Since 2006, over $5 billion in direct funding has been committed to public transit projects across Canada. Further, since 2006, municipalities have used over $2 billion of the now-permanent Gas Tax Fund for transit.

"Our Government recognizes that modern, safe and efficient public transit is vital to the prosperity and livability of our communities," said Minister Lebel. "In Economic Action Plan 2013, our Government has demonstrated once again its commitment to public transit. Public transit is an eligible category for investment under the $53-billion New Building Canada Plan. I look forward to seeing the projects these funds will support."

The Minister noted that work is underway to sign new agreements as soon as possible with the provinces and territories to renew the now permanent Gas Tax Fund, which will be indexed at 2 per cent per year, with increases to be applied in $100 million increments, starting in 2014. Over the 10-year life of the plan, from 2014 to 2024, the Gas Tax Fund will grow by $1.8 billion, for a total investment of represent close to $22 billion in infrastructure funding for Canadian municipalities.

"We are committed to signing agreements as soon as possible with provinces and territories to implement the renewed and now permanent Gas Tax Fund," stated Minister Lebel. "The renewed agreements are now with the provinces and territories, and we are ready to sign them. This will ensure that the $2 billion in funding scheduled for 2014-15 can be transferred to municipalities so they can continue to use this predictable funding for their local infrastructure priorities, including public transit."

In addition to the Gas Tax Fund, Minister Lebel reiterated that existing programs continue to provide record funding to infrastructure projects across Canada. In fact, there is $6 billion under existing programs that continues to be available for projects across the country in 2014-15 and beyond.

Economic Action Plan 2013 builds on our Government's historic infrastructure investments, with $70 billion for public infrastructure, including the $53 billion New Building Canada Plan for provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure, over the next decade, 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