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June 28, 2012 11:12 ET

Ministers Lebel and Minister of State Fletcher Begin Cross-Country Rountables Toward A New Long-Term Infrastructure Plan for Canada

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - June 28, 2012) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, kicked off today the first in a series of roundtables that will take place over the summer to develop a new long-term plan for public infrastructure.

"Our government is committed to working with other orders of government and key stakeholders to establish a new long-term infrastructure plan that will sustain and improve Canada's infrastructure network, while keeping costs down and ensuring value for Canadians," said Minister Lebel. "We will ensure that our new plan will provide lasting benefits for communities - from large urban centres to rural townships - while contributing to long-term economic growth and job creation across Canada."

Starting today, Minister Lebel and the Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport) will be meeting with representatives from the provinces and territories, municipalities through municipal associations and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, as well as other key stakeholder groups. These discussions will focus on broad directions and principles for a new long-term infrastructure plan for Canada that will extend beyond 2014.

"The Building Canada plan put us on the right track to ensure Canadians will benefit from modern, world-class public infrastructure," said Minister of State Fletcher. "Looking to the future, our government is committed to delivering a new long-term infrastructure plan that will create jobs, economic growth, long term prosperity and make Canada's communities - from coast to coast to coast - among the best places to live."

The Government of Canada is developing a new plan that will continue to deliver results for Canadians through long-term investment programs. This includes exploring opportunities that encourage greater private-sector involvement and public-private partnerships to generate better value for taxpayers, and ensure affordability and sustainability over the long term.

Infrastructure investments are a key element of the Government of Canada's plan to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians. The seven-year, $33-billion Building Canada plan, introduced in Budget 2007, was Canada's first-ever long-term infrastructure plan. The Building Canada plan will continue to deliver results for communities until 2014 and beyond; the new long-term plan will build on past accomplishments, and provide new opportunities for all orders of government to work together to improve public infrastructure in Canada.

For further information on the engagement process, please visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/plan-eng.html.

Contact Information

  • Genevieve Sicard
    Office of the Minister of Transport,
    Infrastructure and Communities
    613-991-0700

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