KENSINGTON, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwired - Nov. 7, 2016) - The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island are making infrastructure investments that will help create jobs, grow the middle class, and support a high standard of living for Canadians and their families.
Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque, and Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Paula Biggar, Prince Edward Island Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, today announced more than $3.7 million in joint federal-provincial funding for multiple upgrades to Prince Edward Island's highways.
The project involves improving the structural strength and safety of more than 5.7 kilometres of highway across the province, including stretches of Route 1 in Charlottetown and Mount Mellick, Route 2 in New Annan, Milton Station and Marshfield, and Route 3 in Georgetown. Once complete, this work will help improve traffic flow, increase driver safety and boost economic growth by making links from farms to markets more efficient.
The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island are each contributing up to $1.88 million to this project, representing a 50 per cent split of the total eligible cost.
"Public infrastructure connects people, supports job creation, and boosts economic development. The Government of Canada is working in close partnership with provinces, territories and municipalities to ensure we make smart investments that help grow the middle class, promote sustainable development and safeguard public health and safety. By supporting improvements to PEI's transportation routes, we will help local businesses move their goods and foster long-term prosperity in the region."
Wayne Easter, Member of Parliament for Malpeque
"Every day, Islanders rely on high-quality, reliable highways to travel between their communities and keep their businesses growing. Improving these key transportation routes will increase driver safety and keep tourist, commercial and residential traffic running smoothly."
Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown
"Infrastructure projects support economic growth across our province. The government of Prince Edward Island is making strategic investments that allow for the safe transport of travelers across the province and enable the movement of our goods to market. We will work with the federal government to support projects that prepare our Island for a prosperous future."
The Honourable Paula Biggar, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan: http://www.budget.gc.ca/fes-eea/2016/docs/themes/infrastructure-en.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Prince Edward Island: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html.
Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-National and Regional Projects: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-eng.html
New Building Canada Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html.
Department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, Prince Edward Island: http://www.gov.pe.ca/tir/index.php3?number=78199&lang=E
Web: Infrastructure Canada