TORONTO , Feb. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Transport, spoke to the Rural Ontario Municipal Association and the
Ontario Good Roads Association today to outline details of the New
Building Canada Plan recently announced by Prime Minister Stephen
Economic Action Plan 2013 builds on our government's historic
infrastructure investments, with $70 billion for public infrastructure
over the next decade, including the $53 billion New Building Canada
Plan for provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure. The New
Building Canada Plan is the largest and longest federal infrastructure
plan in our nation's history. It continues to focus on projects that
enhance economic growth, job creation and productivity.
As announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on February 13, 2014, key
elements of the New Building Canada Plan have been established. The
Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and
Intergovernmental Affairs, will now seek input from the provinces and
territories, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on
outstanding parameters that will help inform the development of the New
Building Canada Fund Terms and Conditions.
The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring a seamless transition
from the 2007 Building Canada Plan to the New Building Canada Plan and
is committed to launching the New Building Canada Fund by March 31,
The New Building Canada Plan includes the $14-billion New Building
The Fund will provide $4 billion for projects of national significance
and these projects will be selected on the basis of merit.
Additionally, $10 billion in allocated funding is available for projects
of national, regional and local significance, with $1 billion of that
directed to small communities of fewer than 100,000 people.
The conference brings together 2,500 municipal leaders from across
Ontario and leading thinkers from around the world to discuss topics of
local, provincial, national, and international importance.
"Our government understands the importance of providing transportation
links to rural communities. The New Building Canada Plan will ensure
small communities have stable, long-term and unprecedented access to
funding for vital infrastructure projects that will contribute to the
prosperity of all Canadians."
"The Government of Canada is improving life in rural communities across
Ontario, and the New Building Canada Plan will be an important source
of infrastructure funding for Canadian municipalities over the next ten
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
PM announces details of historic 10-year infrastructure plan - Largest
federal infrastructure investment in Canadian history will provide
stable, long-term support, including for small communities.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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