Government of Canada and the province of Prince Edward Island supports municipal infrastructure improvements through $470,000 in Gas Tax funding



    CHARLOTTETOWN, Jan. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Eleven Prince Edward Island
communities will be able to invest in infrastructure projects ranging from
water systems and walking trails to sustainability plans thanks to more than
$470,000 from the Canada-PEI Gas Tax Agreement.
    The announcement was made today by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister
of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency,
on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Carolyn Bertram, Minister of
Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour; and Bruce MacDougall, President of
the Federation of P.E.I. Municipalities.
    "The Government of Canada is pleased to support infrastructure
improvements for Island communities," said Minister MacKay. "As part of
Building Canada, our government's $33-billion infrastructure plan, PEI
communities will receive a total of $88.5 million under the Gas Tax Fund
between 2007 and 2014. This funding will help the communities of PEI address
their most pressing infrastructure needs and contribute to their well-being
and long-term prosperity."
    "It is exciting to see the millions of dollars going to Island
communities through these programs," said Minister Bertram. "With federal,
provincial and municipal investments, we continue to make our cities, towns
and communities more attractive places to live and work. The positive impacts
on the economy, public safety, and the environment improve the quality of life
for us all, and help to attract new residents who want to share in our
lifestyle. The provincial government is pleased to be a contributing partner
in the Gas Tax Agreement, which enabled these community initiatives to become
a reality."
    "Modern infrastructure is critical as we strive to curb the out-migration
of our youth, stimulate population growth, and create an environment that
fosters economic growth," said Mr. MacDougall. "Island communities, both big
and small, will benefit from this funding."
    The funding announced today is part of the Communities and Capacity
Building Fund (CCBF), which is a component of the Canada-PEI Gas Tax
Agreement. The CCBF assists communities in establishing long-term
sustainability by developing and implementing projects such as the creation of
integrated community sustainability plans and capital investment plans. The
CCBF also assists smaller communities with projects such as environmental
retrofits for municipal buildings, municipal transit, and solutions for water,
sewer and wastewater issues.
    Gas Tax funding 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 Prince
Edward Island by the PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and
Labour, and representatives from the Federation of PEI Municipalities preside
as members on the management committee.
    Through its unprecedented $33 billion Building Canada infrastructure
plan, the Government is providing long-term, stable and predictable funding to
help meet infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada supports a
stronger, safer and better country.
    For more information about federal and provincial infrastructure
initiatives on Prince Edward Island, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca or
www.gov.pe.ca/go/infrastructure.

    FOR BROADCAST USE:

    More than $470,000 will be invested in 14 infrastructure projects thanks
to federal Gas Tax funding announced today by the Honourable Peter MacKay,
Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities
Agency, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, with the Honourable Carolyn Bertram, Minister
of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour. PEI communities will benefit from
this funding for projects ranging from water systems and walking trails to
sustainability plans. These projects will be funded through the Communities
and Capacity Building Fund component of the Canada-PEI Gas Tax Agreement.

    (See Background Information for project details)

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


    
    Backgrounder

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    Applicant                      Project                          Capacity
                                                                    Building
                                                                    Funding
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    Capacity Building Fund
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    Alberton                       Lagoon Capacity Study            $ 10,000
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    Belfast Dev. Corp.             Land Use Study                   $ 50,000
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    Brackley                       Integrated Community
                                    Sustainability Plan             $ 50,000
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    Georgetown                     Integrated Sustainability Plan   $ 16,667
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                                   Official Plan and Bylaw Review   $ 37,500
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                                   Preparation of Cap Investment
                                    Plan                            $    642
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    Municipality of Malpeque Bay   Preparation of an Official Plan  $ 49,500
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    New Haven Riverdale            Review of Official Plan /
                                    Land Use Study                  $ 44,730
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    North Shore                    Water and Sewage Study           $  5,000
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    Tignish                        Official Plan and Bylaw Review   $ 18,675
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          Total Capacity Building
                  Project Funding                                   $282,714
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    Community Fund
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    Egmont Bay                     Egmont Bay Sewer System Solution $100,000
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    North Shore                    Stanhope Promenade Phase II      $ 73,921
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    Montrose                       Montrose Community Centre
                                    Retrofit                        $ 11,529
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    York                           York Community Centre Retrofit   $  2,696
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          Total Community Project
                          Funding                                   $188,146
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               TOTAL GAS TAX FUND
                     CONTRIBUTION                                   $470,860
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For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700; Autumn
Tremere, PEI Department of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour, (902)
620-3631; Infrastructure Canada, Communications and Promotion, (613) 948-1148;
Bruce MacDougall, President, Federation of PEI Municipalities, (902) 566-1493


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