Building Canada: Canada and Yukon sign Infrastructure Agreement



    Support for Municipal Infrastructure Improvements in the City of
    Whitehorse through Gas Tax Funding

    WHITEHORSE, March 18 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Yukon today
announced the signing of a Framework Agreement under Building Canada, the
Government of Canada's new long-term infrastructure plan. This investment will
help address public infrastructure needs and priorities in Yukon.
    The Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf
of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, with the Honourable Dennis Fentie, Premier of Yukon, and the
Honourable Glenn Hart, Minister of Community Services, Minister responsible
for the Public Service Commission, and Minister responsible for French
Language Services for the Government of Yukon, participated in today's
announcement worth $242.91 million.
    The governments of Canada and Yukon also indicated that the City of
Whitehorse will be able to invest in nine infrastructure projects ranging from
a water sampling station and sidewalks upgrades to city wide compost program
improvements thanks to more than $16 million from the Canada-Yukon Gas Tax
Agreement.
    "The signing of a Framework Agreement between the Government of Canada
and the Government of Yukon will result in significant infrastructure
initiatives that will strengthen Yukon's economy and communities, and
contribute to a cleaner environment," said Minister O'Connor. "The support for
municipal infrastructure improvements in Whitehorse announced today is a
concrete example of our collaborative approach in our desire to modernize
public infrastructure in Yukon and across Canada. Further, these investments
support Canada's Northern Strategy."
    "Yukon is pleased to be signing onto the Building Canada Fund," Premier
Fentie said. "This Agreement will allow Yukon to leverage significant federal
dollars into the territory to meet long-term territorial infrastructure
priorities. This Framework also allows us to extend the Gas Tax Fund Agreement
an important program for Yukon communities."
    Through combining the Building Canada Fund and $25 million per year in
Base Funding (provided to each province and territory), an allocation of
$182.91 million will be available through to 2014 to help address core
infrastructure priorities at both the territorial and community level,
including First Nations. An additional $60 million will flow to Yukon
communities through the extension of the Gas Tax Fund Agreement from 2010 to
2014, bringing the total infrastructure funding under the agreement to close
to $243 million.
    The Canada-Yukon Framework Agreement outlines how the Building Canada
plan will be implemented in the territory. The two governments agree that
community infrastructure will be one of the investment priorities. They will
work together to address infrastructure priorities, such as water, wastewater,
green energy, regional and community airports, and safe roads. Through the
Agreement, the two governments will also report to Canadians on the results of
these investments.
    Gas Tax funding, which was made permanent in Budget 2008 at $2 billion
per year beyond 2014, is available to local governments for environmentally
sustainable projects that lead to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,
cleaner air or cleaner water. The Gas Tax Agreement is administered in Yukon
by the Department of Community Services and representatives of Yukon First
Nations, who are members of the Gas Tax management committee.
    Through its unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure
plan, the Government of Canada will provide long-term, stable and predictable
funding to help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada will
support a stronger, safer and better country.

    (See Background Information for projects details)

    For further information on the Building Canada plan, visit
www.buildingcanada.gc.ca

    
    Backgrounder

                             Gas Tax Investment
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    Applicant            Projects                            Gas Tax Funding
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    City of Whitehorse   Porter Creek Reservoir Upgrade         $  4,000,000
                         ----------------------------------------------------
                         Selkirk Well Development               $  3,450,000
                         ----------------------------------------------------
                         Upgrade of Public Safety Building
                          to LEED Standard                      $  3,000,000
                         ----------------------------------------------------
                         City-wide Compost Program
                          Improvements                          $  2,550,000
                         ----------------------------------------------------
                         Livingstone Trail Lagoon Outfall
                          Pipe                                  $  2,350,000
                         ----------------------------------------------------
                         Sidewalk Upgrades                      $    550,000
                         ----------------------------------------------------
                         Bike Racks and Lockers                 $    150,000
                         ----------------------------------------------------
                         Lagoon Monitoring Wells                $     90,000
                         ----------------------------------------------------
                         Water Sampling Station                 $     75,000
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    Total Gas Tax Fund
          Contribution                                          $ 16,215,000
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For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries contact: Karine White,
Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, (613) 991-0700; Roxanne Vallevand, Communications Advisor, Office
of the Premier, Government of Yukon, (867) 633-7949; Infrastructure Canada,
(613) 948-1148

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