OTTAWA, Nov. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister
of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, announced today that
new funding to support infrastructure projects in First Nation
communities through the Gas Tax Fund (GTF) will be available in
"Our Government is proud to invest in important infrastructure projects
everywhere in Canada, including in First Nation communities," said
Minister Valcourt. "I join with my federal colleagues in marking the
growing success of the Gas Tax Funding in ensuring communities both on
and off reserve become stronger, safer and healthier."
The Government of Canada has made permanent the $2 billion a year in
funding under the Gas Tax fund. As announced in Economic Action Plan 2013, funding from the Gas Tax Fund component of the Community Improvement
Fund will be allocated, beginning in 2014-2015, to the Department's
First Nation Infrastructure Fund (FNIF) to provide support for
investments in First Nation infrastructure projects on reserve. Funding
of $155 million over 10 years will also be allocated from the National
Infrastructure Component of the new Building Canada Fund to the First
Nation Infrastructure Fund that is managed by Aboriginal Affairs and
Northern Development Canada.
By continuing to fund this highly successful, targeted program on a
permanent basis the Government of Canada and First Nations will be
positioned to continue to work on their mutual goals of developing
meaningful partnerships, fostering sustainable First Nation communities
and supporting stronger, safer and healthier communities.
The FNIF goes to support infrastructure projects in five categories
including energy, solid waste, planning and skills development, roads
and bridges, and connectivity. The FNIF funded 434 infrastructure
improvement projects on reserve between 2007 and 2013, for a total
investment of $240.7 million. These included upgrading roads on Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba; building a transfer station at Louis Bull Tribe in Alberta; upgrading roads and improving the solid waste transfer
station at Mistawasis First Nation in Saskatchewan; and building a new landfill for Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation in Manitoba's Nelson House community.
There are a growing number of success stories on reserves across Canada
which are not only helping to enhance infrastructure but these
improvements are creating jobs, promoting productivity, supporting
economic growth and building community pride.
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
First Nation Infrastructure Fund: Activity Report (2007-2012)
This release is also available on the Internet at www.aandc.gc.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
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