Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

August 22, 2013 13:32 ET

Minister Rickford Congratulates Ontario Gas Tax Award Winners

Minister Rickford Confirms Largest Federal Infrastructure Boost for Ontario Municipalities to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 22, 2013) - At the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's (AMO) Annual General Meeting and Trade Show on Tuesday, the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology, and Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario) and Minister responsible for the Ring of Fire, congratulated the winners of the AMO Gas Tax Awards and discussed how Ontario municipalities are benefiting from the Government of Canada's Gas Tax Fund and the future of infrastructure funding for the country.

"Our Government recognizes that investments in public infrastructure in Ontario benefit municipalities and the country by creating jobs, stimulating economic growth and providing a high quality of life for families in our cities and communities," said Minister Rickford. "We are continuing our tradition of important infrastructure investments with our Economic Action Plan 2013, in which we are delivering the longest and largest commitment to job-creating infrastructure funding in Canadian history, to ensure the long-term prosperity of our collectivities."

Minister Rickford also spoke to the importance of the federal Gas Tax Fund, which respects municipal decision making around infrastructure, and congratulated the winners of the AMO Gas Tax Awards, which are given to honour municipalities that have demonstrated excellence in the use of Canada's Gas Tax Fund.

Building on the Government of Canada's existing infrastructure investments, such as the Gas Tax Fund, Economic Action Plan 2013 includes 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 plan follows an extensive engagement process with provinces and territories, and the municipal sector including the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and other stakeholders.

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has made unprecedented investments in over 43,000 projects to build roads, bridges, commuter rail and other important public infrastructure across the country. 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 investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Web feeds, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca, or follow us on Twitter @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
    613-943-1838

    Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Greg Rickford
    613-943-6177
    maryann.deweyplante@ic.gc.ca

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