Infrastructure Canada

Infrastructure Canada

January 14, 2011 15:00 ET

Minister Strahl Meets With Greater Victoria Economic Development and Transportation Officials

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2011) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today met with infrastructure, business and transportation stakeholders in Victoria to discuss ways to create jobs and economic growth, and to discuss plans for the next phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan. This was the second of a series of pre-budget roundtables taking place across the country over the coming weeks.

Over a dozen stakeholder groups were represented today. The group included representatives of key Victoria organizations who brought forward a strong regional perspective, as well as provincial and national organizations.

"Our government recognizes the value of modern and sustainable infrastructure and transportation systems, and the economic opportunities they provide. We are committed to work with our stakeholders to identify cost effective approaches that ensure Canada's cities remain among the best places in the world to live," said Minister Strahl. "The economy remains our number one priority and we will continue to focus on creating jobs for workers, retirement savings for seniors, and the financial security of all Canadian families."

Launched in 2009, the Economic Action Plan has so far contributed to the creation of more than 440,000 new jobs since July 2009 and helped the country emerge from the global economic crisis faster and stronger than most other major industrial countries around the world.

Today's meeting follows a similar roundtable held in Vancouver on Thursday. Over the next few weeks, Minister Strahl will be travelling the country, hosting a series of pre-budget roundtables, hearing from Canada's leading infrastructure and transportation stakeholders on their views about how to continue to improve the competitiveness of Canada's economy and its infrastructure, a key to Canadian growth and prosperity.

For information about federal investments in infrastructure, visit www.creatingjobs.gc.ca.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Minister of Transport, Infrastructure
    and Communities, Ottawa
    John Babcock
    Press Secretary
    613-991-0700
    or
    Infrastructure Canada
    613-948-1148
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154