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Rural Municipality of La Broquerie

Rural Municipality of La Broquerie
Rural Municipality of Ste. Anne

Rural Municipality of Ste. Anne
Town of Niverville

Town of Niverville
Government of Manitoba

Government of Manitoba

March 19, 2015 14:57 ET

Three Local Governments to Benefit From the Small Communities Transportation Fund Thanks to the Federal Gas Tax Fund

RURAL MUNICIPALITY OF STE. ANNE, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - March 19, 2015) -

Residents of the rural municipalities of La Broquerie and Ste. Anne, as well as the Town of Niverville, will soon be able to safely walk or bike to their destinations instead of having to share local roads with cars, trucks and farming equipment.

Projects in each of these communities are being completed thanks to the Small Communities Transportation Fund, which reserves a part of the province's annual federal Gas Tax Fund allocation to help address the active transportation and public transportation needs of Manitoba's smaller communities.

The three projects being announced today include construction of a new walking path in the Rural Municipality of La Broquerie and a new sidewalk in the Town of Niverville, both being completed this spring, as well as a new wheelchair ramp and sidewalk recently completed in the Rural Municipality of Ste. Anne.

Each of these projects will improve accessibility, increase pedestrian and cyclist safety, and promote the enjoyment of healthy lifestyles through active transportation.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada will contribute $30,404 to these projects under the federal Gas Tax Fund.
  • Between 2014 and 2019, the Government of Canada is providing over $340 million in funding for municipal infrastructure in Manitoba through the federal Gas Tax Fund.
  • In Manitoba, a portion of the annual funding is set aside for the Small Communities Transportation Fund, a provincially administered, application-based funding program that supports small, rural Manitoba communities' investments in eligible transit, handi-transit or active transportation projects. Annual funding of up to $200,000 is available under the program over five years, starting in 2014.

Quotes

"Our Government is pleased to be contributing to these three projects, which will help separate residents from the vehicular traffic in their communities and improve the accessibility of municipal facilities. The renewed federal Gas Tax Fund, part of the historic New Building Canada Plan, is just one of the ways we are helping to build better communities while creating jobs and enhancing economic growth across the country."

Ted Falk
Member of Parliament for Provencher

"Walking paths and sidewalks are important additions to community life, making routes safer and more accessible for people who rely on walking, pushing strollers, using wheelchairs and riding bikes to reach their destinations or enjoy exercise. The new wheelchair ramp at the municipal office in Ste. Anne will also ensure disabled residents can continue to participate in the affairs of the community."

Honourable Drew Caldwell
Minister for Municipal Government

"The walking paths beautify our community and support our growth. They connect the community and make it personable. Frequent use by our residents illustrates the popularity of the walking paths. All in all, walking paths are a meaningful contributor to our healthy community."

Lewis Weiss
Reeve
Rural Municipality of La Broquerie

"The RM of Ste. Anne strongly believes that the construction of sidewalks and a wheelchair ramp leading to the new municipal office is an absolute necessity in ensuring that the building is accessible and safe for all residents, ratepayers, visitors and those with mobility issues, by guaranteeing direct access to our municipal services, public meetings and programs."

Art Bergmann
Reeve
Rural Municipality of Ste. Anne

"In a community such as ours where the average age is 31 years of age, we have many young parents walking with their children to and from various places and events. Thanks to grants such as we received from the Small Communities Transportation Fund we were able to construct more sidewalks. This means these young families will not have to walk on roadways but will have a greater network of sidewalks connecting them to the rest of their community."

Myron Dyck
Mayor
Town of Niverville

Associated Links

To learn more about the federal Gas Tax Fund visit: www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html.

Information on the Small Communities Transportation Fund is available at www.gov.mb.ca/ia/bldgcomm/sctf.html

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit: www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/plan-eng.html.

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada's Economic Action Plan: www.budget.gc.ca/efp-peb/2014/home-accueil-eng.html.

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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
    613-943-1838

    Caedmon Malowany
    Cabinet Communications
    Province of Manitoba
    204-945-1494

    Lewis Weiss
    Reeve
    Rural Municipality of La Broquerie
    204-424-5251

    Art Bergmann
    Reeve
    Rural Municipality of Ste. Anne
    204-355-4577

    Myron Dyck
    Mayor
    Town of Niverville
    204-388-4600 ext. 304

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
    media@infc.gc.ca