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Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association

Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association

April 17, 2014 15:15 ET

MP Dreeshen Highlights Benefits of the New Building Canada Plan for Alberta

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 17, 2014) - Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, spoke today before the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association regarding the New Building Canada Plan and what it means for Alberta.

The New Building Canada Plan builds on the Government's unprecedented investments in infrastructure. In 2007, the Government of Canada introduced the seven-year, $33-billion Building Canada Plan, which provided stable, flexible and predictable funding across the country. These historic investments in public infrastructure continue with $70 billion over the next decade, including the $53 billion New Building Canada Plan for provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure that enhances economic growth, job creation and productivity.

In Alberta, the New Building Canada Plan will support local infrastructure priorities that will improve economic development and quality of life in the region. Funding will help deliver cleaner water, better roads and easier access to public transit for residents. Projects funded through the New Building Canada Plan will ensure that communities in Alberta remain competitive and innovative on the world stage. From investments in local roads to investments in water and wastewater, Albertans will benefit greatly from the New Building Canada Plan.

In addition, existing federal infrastructure programs will continue to support over 2,500 ongoing or new infrastructure projects across Canada during 2014 alone.

In Alberta, federal funding is flowing to hundreds of projects through the federal Gas Tax Fund, in addition to a number of ongoing major infrastructure projects, including the twinning of Highway 63, the construction of the Grande Prairie wastewater treatment plant, and the Royal Alberta Museum.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2006, our Government has nearly doubled the average annual federal funding for thousands of provincial, territorial, and municipal infrastructure projects across the country. In Alberta, this translates to more than $3.3 billion over the last eight years.
  • Alberta stands to benefit from $4 billion available for projects of national significance, $1.25 billion in additional funding available for P3 projects and $10.4 billion via the GST Rebate, which provides municipalities across the country with additional resources to address their infrastructure priorities.

Quotes

"We are proud to support economic growth in Calgary and across all of Alberta. Since 2006, the province has benefited from unprecedented investments in infrastructure, and the new Building Canada Plan will ensure that we build upon these successes. Targeted infrastructure investments promote trade, encourage job creation and economic growth, and improve the quality of life for residents of Alberta."

Earl Dreeshen

Member of Parliament for Red Deer

"We are very pleased to see support and commitment from the federal government on transportation infrastructure. It's encouraging to see that this government recognizes that a safe and well-maintained transportation system is the backbone of our economy providing a cost-effective way of moving goods and services to local and global markets, and giving Canadians a safe and efficient way to travel."

Gene Syvenky, CEO, Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association

Additional information

- The New Building Canada Plan

- New Building Canada Plan: Alberta

- Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013: The New Building Canada Plan

- Infrastructure Canada: Programs

- The Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association

Contact Information

  • Vincent Rabault, 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,
    Ottawa
    613-943-1838

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