Infrastructure projects ready to go this spring, says Municipal Federation



    Federal government needs faster funding program to create jobs now

    OTTAWA, Jan. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Federation of Canadian Municipalities
(FCM) today released a list of more than 1,000 infrastructure projects that
would be ready to go as early as this spring if federal funding is made
available.
    The list of shovel-ready projects was derived from a survey of FCM
members conducted over the last six weeks and includes simple rehabilitation
to major new construction. If fully funded, these infrastructure projects
would create over 150,000 jobs.
    "Last October, we released a study showing that infrastructure spending
is the best stimulus tool around and we said that hundreds of municipal
infrastructure projects would be ready to go this spring if they received
federal funding. Today we are releasing a snapshot that illustrates the scope
of municipal needs and our capacity to put infrastructure dollars to work
now," said FCM President, Sherbrooke Mayor Jean Perrault.
    "We can see from this list that the federal government can invest in
projects that will not only create jobs now but boost Canada's
competitiveness, improve our environment and enhance our quality of life for
generations to come," added Perrault.
    But Perrault also cautioned that a faster federal infrastructure program
was needed if the projects were to get funding in time to help fight the
economic slowdown.
    "A significant number of new infrastructure projects must get underway
during the 2009 construction season to help counter the recession," said
Perrault. "Municipal governments are ready to do their part to help the
federal government get infrastructure dollars into action fast."
    FCM says the best way to do that is for the federal government to adopt
the Gas Tax Fund model as the way to flow money into these projects quickly so
cities and communities can get started on new infrastructure projects,
including simple-to-plan repair and rehabilitation.
    "There is no time to delay. The present economic crisis demands a quick
and innovative response. The federal government must include infrastructure
funding in its upcoming stimulus budget, with a mechanism that will get funds
to projects in time for the 2009 construction season," said Perrault.

    About the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM):

    FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901,
representing the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters
that fall within federal jurisdiction. With more than 1,775 members
representing 90 per cent of Canadians, FCM members include Canada's largest
cities, small urban and rural communities, and 18 provincial and territorial
municipal associations.




For further information:

For further information: visit www.fcm.ca/en/infrastructure; To arrange
interviews: Maurice Gingues, (613) 907-6395, mgingues@fcm.ca

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