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Antigonish, Nova Scotia, September 13, 2009 – The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, along with the Honourable Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, today announced that the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are contributing nearly $100 million for infrastructure projects across the province including 40 construction and rehabilitation projects on Nova Scotia's major highways and bridges.
Also announced today were 11 projects in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and 20 projects in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) that were selected to receive funding from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. This investment stems from a joint $28 million commitment made by the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia in the spring of 2009. With today's announcement, this commitment is being increased to over $30 million.
Also, under the Recreational Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program and the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF), the Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), is committed to investing more than $7.6 million in 21 key Nova Scotia infrastructure projects across the province.
“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, our Government is stimulating the economy and creating jobs,” said Minister MacKay. “Canada's Economic Action Plan is making a real difference for Nova Scotia. By working with our Provincial partners to invest in roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects today, we are building strong, stable communities for the future.”
“With this announcement the Nova Scotia Government is fulfilling its commitment to maximize federal infrastructure dollars,” said Minister Estabrooks. “The federal government is an important partner in delivering projects that make a lasting contribution to local communities.”
Federal funding for the 71 highways and municipal projects comes from the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $47.8 million towards these 40 highway and bridge projects, with a matching contribution from the Province of Nova Scotia. Projects will include roundabout and ramp modifications on Route 327 Alexandra Street, repaving easterly to Exit 32 on Highway 103, and construction on Meteghan River Bridge, Trunk 1.
Funding for the 31 projects in the HRM and CBRM comes from the $28 million joint federal/provincial commitment made in the spring of 2009, now increased to over $30 million, for stimulus projects to be applied for by the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Projects include upgrades to Point Pleasant Park in the HRM and water main upgrades to Victoria Road at Whitney Pier in the CBRM. Federal funding for these projects totals $15.1 million with a matching contribution from Nova Scotia and the municipalities.
The ACOA commitment to invest more than $7.6 million supports nine RInC projects with a total federal contribution of $1,071,577 and twelve CAF projects with a federal contribution of $6,548,738. The total value of these projects, including the federal contribution, is more than $14.8 million.
The federal $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is a key component of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The Fund invests in provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects being built during this year's and next year's construction seasons. In addition to the projects announced today under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia have set aside an additional $4 million each in funding for water and wastewater projects across the province. Specific projects will be identified following discussions with municipalities.
Canada and Nova Scotia are working together to create jobs and boost the economy, while making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure. Both governments have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently to municipalities in Nova Scotia.
The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund complements existing and long-term federal infrastructure funding by focusing on short-term objectives for economic stimulus. To further this goal of rapid economic stimulus, the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund focuses on construction–readiness as important project selection criteria. The full $4 billion is being distributed in fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. Projects focus largely on the rehabilitation of existing assets such as water, wastewater, public transit, highways, roads, culture, parks, and trails.
To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
For more information, contact:
Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister
Senior Communications Officer
ACOA Nova Scotia
Director of Communications
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
INFRASTRUCTURE STIMULUS FUND AT WORK IN NOVA SCOTIA
Canada and Nova Scotia Support 71 Projects across the Province through Stimulus Funding
Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government has established a new $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund that provides funding to provincial, territorial and municipal construction-ready infrastructure rehabilitation projects. Funding is available for projects that will be built and completed by March 31, 2011.
Under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, the Government of Canada will provide funding for infrastructure improvements to 37 major highways and three provincial bridges across the Province of Nova Scotia. Total estimated costs for these initiatives are $98.7 million. The Government of Canada will contribute up to $47.8 million, with a matching contribution from the Province of Nova Scotia. A contribution of three million dollars will be made by the Halifax Regional Municipality for the Highway 101 Margeson Drive Interchange project.
The highways and bridge funding is in addition to funding announced April 30 under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. At that time, the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia committed $55.8 million towards 26 projects across the province as well as $28 million for projects to be determined in the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM).
It was announced on September 13, 2009 that the $28 million set aside for the HRM and CBRM would be increased to more than $30 million, and 31 projects have been selected for funding under this commitment. Federal funding for these projects totals $15.1 million with a matching contribution from the province of Nova Scotia. Eleven projects were selected in the HRM with a federal contribution of $11.2 million and 20 projects were selected in the CBRM with a federal contribution of $3.9 million.
In addition to the projects announced today, the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia have set aside an additional $4 million each in stimulus funding for water and wastewater projects across the province. Specific projects will be identified following discussions with municipalities.
HIGHWAY AND BRIDGE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
Highway 101 Margeson Drive Interchange Connector
Highway 101 Margeson Drive Interchange
Highway 102 Northbound from Highway 118 to exit 5A
Highway 104, from WBL from Exit 17 to Exit 15
Highway 104 Tracadie Harbour Bridge
Highway 104 from 5km East of Exit 45 to the Route 320 Overpass
Highway 105 from Rough Brook Bridge Northerly
Highway 125 from Exit 3 Northerly to Highway 105
Meteghan River Bridge, Trunk 1
Route 327 Alexandra Street Roundabout and Ramp Modifications
Trunk 4 (National Highway System)
Highway 101, from Exit 31 to Exit 32, approx. 11.3 km
Highway 101, from Hwy 102 West to Beaverbrook Interchange, East and Westbound lanes
Highway 101, from Shaw Rd. westerly to Annapolis/Digby County Line
Highway 101, Mary Jane Riley Interchange
Highway 102, from Exit 5 northerly to Exit 6
Highway 103, from end of 2009 repaving easterly to Exit 32
Highway 103, from Exit 6 easterly to 2003 repaving
Highway 103, from Exit 8 to Exit 9
Highway 103, from Trunk 12 connector to Trunk 3
Highway 103, from Trunk 14 connector to Trunk 3
Highway 104, from 0.2km East of Exit 31A (Addington Forks) easterly
Highway 104, from Exit 15 westerly to Exit 14
Highway 104, from River Tillard westerly, approx 9.0 km, plus Exit 47 ramps
Highway 104, from the Gorman Rd Overpass easterly to the Monastery Harbour Bridge
Highway 105, from Humes River Bridge westerly
Highway 105, three sections from Middle River Bridge Easterly
Highway 106, from Hwy 104 northerly to Granton Abercrombie Rd Exit
Trunk 4 (National Highway System), from 0.8km West of Meadow's Rd to Church at East Bay
Trunk 4 (National Highway System), from Middle Cape to Richmond/CB County Line
Joe Howe Overpass
Hwy 104, 4 overpasses
Hwy 101 from Wentworth Rd Exit (5A)
Highway 111, Burnside interchange
Hwy 104, Overland Bridge
Hwy 104, New Glasgow to Sutherland's River
Hwy 104, Pinetree Road Overpass
Total eligible costs: $98,705,000
Federal funding: $47,852,500
Provincial funding: $47,852,500
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
HRM - 102 Overpass
HRM - City Hall Restoration
HRM - Herring Cove Fire Station
HRM - Hubley Fire Station
HRM – Buildings
HRM - Waste Stabilization Facility Roof
HRM - Ernst Mill Bridge
HRM - Point Pleasant Park Upgrades
HRM - Burnside/North Dartmouth Trunk Sewer
HRM - Sheet Harbour Sidewalk Paving
HRM - Chester Spur Line Regional Trails
Total eligible costs: $33,610,000
Federal funding: $11,203,333
Provincial funding: $11,203,333
CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
CBRM - Alder Point Road - Water and Wastewater
CBRM - Ashby Road- Water and Wastewater
CBRM – Broadway Street- Water and Wastewater
CBRM - Church Street- Water and Wastewater
CBRM - Cottage Road- Water and Wastewater
CBRM - Heelan Street- Water and Wastewater
CBRM - Henry Street- Water and Wastewater
CBRM - Hinchey Avenue- Water and Wastewater
CBRM - Kings Street, Rebuild- Water and Wastewater
CBRM - Liberty Street, Mitchell Street, C-200- Water and Wastewater
CBRM - Memorial Drive- Water and Wastewater
CBRM - Pierce Street – East- Water and Wastewater
CBRM - Pierce Street - West- Water and Wastewater
CBRM - Pond Road – Phases I & II- Water and Wastewater
CBRM - Shore Road- Water and Wastewater
CBRM - Tometary Drive- Water and Wastewater
CBRM – Townsend Street- Water and Wastewater
CBRM - Upper Blowers Street- Water and Wastewater
CBRM - Victoria Road - Sydney - Water and Wastewater
CBRM - Victoria Road - Whitney Pier- Water and Wastewater
Total eligible costs: $11,814,000
Federal funding: $3,937,999
Provincial funding: $3,937,999
RECREATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE CANADA (RInC)
|Project Name||Total Eligible Costs ||Federal Funding||Provincial Funding |
|Titan's Gymnastic Club, Dartmouth - New Club House||$1,039,939 ||$346,646||N/A|
|Royal Nova Yacht Squadron, Halifax – East Coast Center for Sailing Excellence||$522,400 ||$167,133 ||N/A|
|Senobe Aquatic Club, Dartmouth - Replace boat deck and lift equipment||$38,908||$6,696||N/A|
|St. Joseph's Lakeside Community Centre, Antigonish – Repair damaged roof||$24,693 ||$8,231 ||N/A|
|Lunenburg Arena, Lunenburg – Add dressing rooms and new shower and toilet facilities||$270,000||$90,000||N/A|
|Church Memorial Park, Chester – Replace ice plant, install energy efficient equipment, new scoreboard||$944,793||$302,620||N/A|
|Cape Breton University, Sydney – Improvements to the Canada Games Complex||$150,000||$50,000||N/A|
|St. Joseph's School, Sydney Mines - Acquisition and installation of playground infrastructure, lighting and landscaping||$98,875||$32,925||N/A|
|Cape Breton Regional Municipality – Refurbishing several ball fields, soccer fields, walking tracks, playgrounds and tennis courts in the CBRM||$202,000||$67,326||N/A|
COMMUNITY ADJUSTMENT FUND (CAF)
|Project Name||Total Eligible Costs ||Federal Funding||Provincial Funding |
|Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59, Antigonish – Exterior and interior repairs, window replacement||$97,684||$62,684 ||N/A|
|Millbrook Band Council, Truro – Water system upgrade and construct processing facility for Arctic Char||$3,335,000||$1,667,500||N/A|
|Scotian Gold, Coldbrook – Addition of 4,400 bins for fresh fruit storage||$1,900,000||$950,000||N/A|
|Pubnico Head Medical Centre – Construct a medical centre to address community's health care needs||$1,136,000||$569,000||N/A|
|Downtown Improvements, Lockeport – Construct performance stage, extend boardwalk and LED lighting||$450,513||$315,603||N/A|
|Debert Industrial Park, Debert – Improvements to airport runway, roof repairs to multi-tenant facility||$346,100||$139,100||N/A|
|Façade Improvements, Cheticamp - The development of a façade and streetscape improvement program||$1,344,975||$744,975||N/A|
|Nova Scotia Community College, Sydney - Creation of an applied arts media innovation centre ||$700,000||$450,000||N/A|
|Tourism Signage, Cape Breton County - Development of tourism information kiosks and welcoming signs||$186,000||$142,000 ||N/A|
|Flavourful Foods Association – Fund to promote and market Atlantic Canada lobster in five international ports of call accessed through Cape Breton Island's sponsorship of a yacht in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race||$576,100||$450,000||N/A|
|Meat Cove Development Association, Meat Cove – Improved beach access, upgrades to the boardwalk trail system, renovations to the community centre, acquisition of trail maintenance equipment and signage||$94,128 ||$57,876||N/A|
|North Sydney Community Heritage Museum, North Sydney - Construction of a new Heritage and Cultural Community Centre||$1,497,500||$1,000,000||N/A|