Every British Columbia community to benefit from federal Gas Tax Fund transfer

First of two annual installments delivered to support local infrastructure priorities

VICTORIA, July 27, 2017 /CNW/ - Modern and up-to-date community infrastructure helps connect people to jobs and provides access to better community services, attracts new businesses and creates economic growth.

This month, the Government of Canada delivered the first of two annual $132.97 million federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) installments to British Columbia. In total, the province will be provided with over $265.94 million this year through the fund. The funding, which flows through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities to all communities on a per capita basis, is now available to support community infrastructure projects.

Based on previous years, GTF funding supports over 700 local infrastructure projects across British Columbia each year.

Some examples of the projects being funded this year include the replacement of the 5th Street water main in the City of Grand Forks. The City of Chilliwack has plans to replace their existing curling rink with a new one, and the City of Abbotsford will be developing a new vision for a more populated, attractive and walkable neighbourhood with their newly funded City Centre Neighbourhood Plan (CCNP). The range of planned projects helps demonstrate the flexibility that the GTF provides.

The two federal Gas Tax Fund installments for this year are in addition to funds flowing to British Columbia under the Investing in Canada Plan.

Quotes

"Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, communities across British Columbia and the rest of Canada can direct federal funding to the infrastructure projects that address the most pressing needs of local residents and businesses, from improving drinking water to building new recreational facilities. The Government of Canada is proud to deliver this predictable, long-term funding to help ensure access to good middle class jobs, increased mobility, greater economic opportunities, sustainable communities and a high quality of life for all Canadians."

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
On behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"We recognize the value of our partnership and the importance of the federal and provincial governments working with local governments to make large projects possible. Through this agreement, we continue to invest in capital projects that support community infrastructure projects throughout the province. We are grateful to the Government of Canada for their ongoing commitment and we are pleased to contribute through the federal Gas Tax Fund."

The Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

"The federal Gas Tax Fund continues to provide valuable long-term stable and predictable funding to all Local Governments in British Columbia for critical investments in local and regional infrastructure and capacity building priorities. We appreciate the positive impact the federal Gas Tax Fund continues to have in our communities."

Murry Krause,
President, Union of B.C. Municipalities

Quick facts

  • Since the program was first introduced in 2005, over $2.7 billion has been provided to British Columbia communities through the federal Gas Tax Fund.
  • The federal Gas Tax Fund makes over $2 billion available each year, and through it provides each community across Canada with a permanent, predictable and indexed source of long-term funding. The funding is made available in two annual installments, in July and November.
  • The federal Gas Tax Fund offers significant flexibility. Local communities can make strategic investments across 18 different project categories, including roads and bridges, public transit, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and recreational facilities.
  • Communities can use the funds immediately for priority projects, bank the funds for later use, pool the dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects or use it to finance major infrastructure expenditures.
  • The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
  • The GTF is administered in British Columbia by the Union of B.C. Municipalities in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

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Federal Gas Tax allocations for British Columbia communities in 2017-18

 Backgrounder

This month, the Government of Canada delivered the first of two annual $132.97 million federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) installments to British Columbia. In total, the province will be provided with over $265,940,736 million this year. The funding, which flows through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities to all 189 local governments on a per capita basis, is now available to support community local infrastructure projects. Note that a portion of the annual BC allocation is awarded on an application basis to support strategic priorities across the province.

The following table indicates this year's federal Gas Tax Fund allocation for British Columbia communities.

 

Location

Federal Funding

100 Mile House

$132,060

Abbotsford

$5,684,021

Alberni-Clayoquot

$466,542

Alert Bay

$71,272

Anmore

$58,770

Armstrong

$255,619

Ashcroft

$121,176

Barriere

$127,293

Belcarra

$54,430

Bowen Island

$62,697

Bulkley-Nechako

$880,879

Burnaby

$721,592

Burns Lake

$138,092

Cache Creek

$96,372

Campbell River

$1,368,069

Canal Flats

$82,662

Capital

$1,095,936

Cariboo

$1,715,502

Castlegar

$382,215

Central Coast

$187,743

Central Kootenay

$1,333,225

Central Okanagan

$673,753

Central Saanich

$724,754

Chase

$157,750

Chetwynd

$163,656

Chilliwack

$3,340,201

Clearwater

$150,832

Clinton

$79,329.

Coldstream

$487,592

Columbia Shuswap

$886,363

Colwood

$731,377

Comox Valley

$998,026

Comox

$627,349

Coquitlam

$431,550

Courtenay

$1,069,107

Cowichan Valley

$1,558,407

Cranbrook

$867,464

Creston

$276,331

Cumberland

$195,843

Dawson Creek

$541,124

Delta

$351,837

Duncan

$260,554

East Kootenay

$711,803

Elkford

$158,931

Enderby

$176,185

Esquimalt

$736,270

Fernie

$240,137

Fort St. James

$123,834

Fort St. John

$837,513

Fraser Lake

$101,729

Fraser Valley

$754,156

Fraser-Fort George

$676,495

Fruitvale

$137,544

Gibsons

$239,673

Gold River

$105,947

Golden

$208,625

Grand Forks

$220,605

Granisle

$65,281

Metro Vancouver Regional District (Translink)

$131,749,184

Metro Vancouver Regional District (Unincorporated Areas)

$115,833

Greenwood

$82,366

Harrison Hot Springs

$114,427

Hazelton

$63,889

Highlands

$141,931

Hope

$304,300

Houston

$185,255

Hudson's Hope

$93,419

Invermere

$177,155

Jumbo

$52,500

Kamloops

$3,666,794

Kaslo

$95,781

Kelowna

$5,001,263

Kent

$291,433

Keremeos

$108,605

Kimberley

$333,112

Kitimat

$404,108

Kitimat-Stikine

$732,094

Kootenay Boundary

$465,403

Ladysmith

$386,644

Lake Country

$546,397

Lake Cowichan

$177,957

Langford

$1,285,472

Langley (City)

$127,679

Langley (Township)

$364,769

Lantzville

$204,406

Lillooet

$150,452

Lions Bay

$56,450

Logan Lake

$139,948

Lumby

$125,521

Lytton

$62,118

Mackenzie

$200,441

Maple Ridge

$280,464

Masset

$89,791

McBride

$77,220

Merritt

$352,559

Metchosin

$255,112

Midway

$80,932

Mission

$1,589,117

Montrose

$95,950

Mount Waddington

$210,397

Nakusp

$118,687

Nanaimo (City)

$3,587,994

Nanaimo (Regional District)

$1,676,566

Nelson

$484,048

New Denver

$73,761

New Hazelton

$80,594

New Westminster

$250,262

North Cowichan

$1,267,712

North Okanagan

$821,947

North Saanich

$520,285

North Vancouver (City)

$196,966

North Vancouver (District)

$305,523

Northern Rockies (Regional Municipality)

$287,805

Oak Bay

$812,456

Okanagan-Similkameen

$1,016,925

Oliver

$255,998

Osoyoos

$256,884

Parksville

$557,745

Peace River

$957,950

Peachland

$271,860

Pemberton

$152,435

Penticton

$1,439,404

Pitt Meadows

$105,663

Port Alberni

$800,981

Port Alice

$86,458

Port Clements

$68,445

Port Coquitlam

$221,384

Port Edward

$75,448

Port Hardy

$221,576

Port McNeill

$158,172

Port Moody

$151,342

Pouce Coupe

$83,632

Powell River (City)

$607,860

Powell River (Regional District)

$335,938

Prince George

$3,088,696

Prince Rupert

$580,145

Princeton

$167,410

Qualicum Beach

$418,957

Queen Charlotte

$92,322

Quesnel

$474,641

Radium Hot Springs

$85,277

Revelstoke

$353,656

Richmond

$623,440

Rossland

$202,508

Saanich

$4,682,347

Salmo

$100,548

Salmon Arm

$789,212

Sayward

$65,872

Sunshine Coast

$87,049

Sechelt

$444,437

Sicamous

$155,472

Sidney

$524,039

Silverton

$60,726

North Coast Regional District (previously Skeena-Queen Charlotte)

$201,243

Slocan

$64,986

Smithers

$280,465

Sooke

$534,881

Spallumcheen

$265,743

Sparwood

$207,191

Squamish

$776,303

Squamish-Lillooet

$326,615

Stewart

$73,339

Strathcona

$476,075

Summerland

$528,342

Sun Peaks

$68,150

Sunshine Coast

$647,050

Surrey

$1,456,075

Tahsis

$65,830

Taylor

$110,419

Telkwa

$109,449

Terrace

$537,032

Thompson-Nicola

$1,027,260

Tofino

$131,638

Trail

$376,520

Tumbler Ridge

$166,820

Ucluelet

$121,134

Valemount

$95,528

Vancouver

$1,861,488

Vanderhoof

$241,487

Vernon

$1,661,843

Victoria

$3,427,987

View Royal

$448,234

Warfield

$124,213

Wells

$62,835

West Kelowna

$1,355,667

West Vancouver

$180,474

Whistler

$466,921

White Rock

$110,468

Williams Lake

$509,443

Zeballos

$57,773

 

For more information on the federal Gas Tax Fund, please visit:
http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html

Associated links

The federal Gas Tax Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html

The federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia:http://municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/gtf-funding-allocations-eligibility http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/bc-eng.html

Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada's new $180 billion infrastructure plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html

 

Twitter: @INFC_eng
Web: Infrastructure Canada

 

 

SOURCE Infrastructure Canada

For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, brook.simpson@canada.ca; Lisa Leslie, Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, 250-213-7724, lisa.leslie@gov.bc.ca; Gary MacIsaac, Executive Director, Union of BC Municipalities, 250-356-2956, gmacisaac@ubcm.ca; Infrastructure Canada: 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, infc.media-medias.infc@canada.ca

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