Canada's Economic Action Plan



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March 27, 2013 12:01 ET

New Infrastructure Funding to Create Jobs, Growth and Prosperity

OAKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 27, 2013) - Halton Region is benefitting from improvements to roads, and water and wastewater infrastructure, including the widening and realignment of Tremaine Road in Milton and the construction of a new Regional water quality laboratory in Burlington, thanks to Government of Canada funding through the Gas Tax Fund.

"Investments in Canada's public infrastructure create jobs, economic growth and provide a high quality of life for families in every city and community across the country," said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for Halton. "With the new Building Canada Plan, our Government is delivering the largest investment in job-creating infrastructure in Canadian history. The improvements to local roads and wastewater infrastructure that we are announcing today will have a significant economic impact here in Halton Region."

"Key initiatives of Halton Region's Citizens' Priorities Action Plan include managing our existing system to ensure water, wastewater and roads infrastructure are in a state of good repair and constructing key infrastructure to meet existing and future growth demand," said Regional Chair Gary Carr. "Canada's Gas Tax Fund will help us complete multiple infrastructure projects across Halton Region this year."

The Gas Tax Fund is supporting numerous projects throughout Halton Region. Between 2006 and 2014, Halton Region will receive more than $84 million from the Gas Tax Fund to improve local infrastructure. For example, Tremaine Road, a project that previously benefitted from $5.3 million from the Government of Canada through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, is now receiving an additional boost from the Gas Tax Fund.

The project involves realigning and widening Tremaine Road (Regional Road 22) to four lanes, between Main Street and Steeles Avenue, as part of a larger project to increase the capacity of the Regional road to reduce travel times and, ultimately, provide better access to Highway 401. Work is set to begin in June 2013 and will be completed by fall 2014. Multiple water mains and wastewater mains are also being replaced in communities across Halton Region.

In addition, at least $1.4 million of Halton Region's Gas Tax Fund allocation is being put toward a new Regional water quality laboratory. This lab, part of the expansion and upgrade of the Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant in Burlington, will be built to test samples of drinking water, wastewater, biosolids and industrial waste from across the Region. Located in the new operations centre, it will help ensure Halton Region continues to meet and/or exceed water quality and environmental protection standards.

To further enhance the security of the Region's water supply, the Oakville Water Purification Plant is being upgraded and a booster pumping station is being rehabilitated at the Washburn site in Burlington. All three water projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

The Gas Tax Fund provides long-term funding to help every municipality across the country build and revitalize public infrastructure. The Government of Canada has invested over $10 billion to date in municipal infrastructure through this Fund alone, which is now a permanent transfer of $2 billion per year.

"Canada's Gas Tax Fund acknowledges that all orders of government must work together to address the pressing need for infrastructure investment in our municipalities," said Russ Powers, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). "Stable and predictable, the Gas Tax Fund is supporting long-term investment in local priority projects right across Ontario."

Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013 is delivering a new Building Canada Plan to build roads, bridges, subways, commuter rail, and other public infrastructure in cooperation with provinces, territories, and municipalities. Thanks to the Government of Canada's leadership and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries throughout the recovery with more than 950,000 net new jobs created since July 2009. The new Building Canada Plan, combined with other federal infrastructure investments, supports Canada's infrastructure advantage, a key enabler of economic growth and job creation.

For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Web feeds, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca.

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BACKGROUNDER

New Building Canada Plan 2013

Investments in Canada's public infrastructure create jobs, economic growth and provide a high quality of life for families in every city and community across the country.

Since 2006, our Government has made unprecedented investments in over 43,000 projects to build roads, bridges, commuter rail and other important public infrastructure.

As a result of our investments, we have brought the average age of Canada's core public infrastructure down from a peak of 17 years in 2001 to an estimated 14.4 years in 2011. It is now lower than the historical average over the last 50 years.

Economic Action Plan 2013 builds on our investments and announces a new Building Canada plan - the largest investment in job-creating infrastructure in Canadian history.

The new Building Canada plan has three main components:

  • Community Improvement Fund - $32.2 billion consisting of an indexed Gas Tax Fund and the increased GST Rebate for Municipalities to build roads, public transit, recreational facilities and other community infrastructure across Canada that will improve the quality of life of Canadian families.

  • New Building Canada Fund - $14 billion to support infrastructure projects of national, regional and local significance.

  • Renewed P3 Canada Fund - $1.25 billion to continue finding innovative ways to build infrastructure projects faster and provide better value for Canadian taxpayers through public-private partnerships.

In addition, $6 billion in federal support will be provided to provinces, territories and municipalities under current infrastructure programs in 2014-15 and beyond.

Over the next 10 years, the Government will also make significant investments in First Nations infrastructure and in federal assets.

  • Approximately $7 billion over 10 years in First Nations infrastructure such as roads, bridges, energy systems and other First Nations infrastructure priorities.

  • Over $10 billion in investments in federal infrastructure assets, including bridges, fishing harbours, ports, military bases and departmental accommodations across the country.

Overall, the new Building Canada plan, combined with other federal infrastructure investments will result in $70 billion in federal infrastructure funding over 10 years, the largest federal investment in job-creating infrastructure in Canadian history.

BACKGROUNDER

The Government of Canada delivers for Hamilton

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has invested over $383 million in infrastructure funding for the City of Hamilton. Here are some examples:

  • Road resurfacing of Highway 403 between Highway 6 and Aberdeen ($7.8M)

  • Hamilton Harbour Clean-Up ($35M)

  • Randle Reef Clean-Up in Hamilton Harbour ($46.3M)

  • Emergency Services Training Facility/Emergency Operations Centre ($8.3M)

  • Upgrades to the Woodward Water Treatment Plant ($14M)

  • Upgrades to the Ferguson Pumping Station ($6.67M)

  • Kenilworth Water Reservoir and Pumping Station Upgrades ($2.26M)

  • Morgan Firestone Arena Twinning ($3.4M)

  • Hillcrest Water Reservoir Upgrades ($2.8M)

  • Building and Efficiency Upgrades for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington Facility ($416,250)

  • Stone Church Water Reservoir and Pumping Station Upgrades ($1.5M)

  • Energy Retrofit - 700 Woodward Ave ($1.5M)

All told, the Government of Canada has made unprecedented infrastructure investments across the country since 2006. Economic Action Plan 2013 builds on these investments and announces a new Building Canada plan - the largest investment in job-creating infrastructure in Canadian history.

Contact Information

  • Genevieve Sicard - Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
    Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of
    Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Minister of
    Intergovernmental Affairs
    613-991-0700

    Pamela Janes
    Communications Specialist
    Halton Region
    905-825-6000, ext. 7232
    1-866-442-5866
    Pamela.Janes@halton.ca

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251 or toll-free 1-877-250-7154