New funding from Building Canada for highway project near Kamloops, British Columbia



    KAMLOOPS, BC, July 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The governments of Canada and
British Columbia are pleased to announce $42.8 million in funding for a
highway project near Kamloops, British Columbia under the Building Canada
infrastructure Plan.
    "This announcement shows that the Government of Canada and the Province
of British Columbia are working together effectively to help move people and
goods in British Columbia," said the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of
Public Safety. "This funding will not only help promote economic development
in this province but will contribute to the safety and efficiency of the
highway system in British Columbia and the National Highway System as a
whole."
    This project consists of upgrading a 10.5 kilometre, 2-lane segment of
the Trans-Canada Highway running through the Monte Creek to Pritchard area,
30 kilometres east of Kamloops. The upgrading to 4 lanes will bridge the gap
between two existing 4-lane sections.
    Of the total cost of the project, $42.8 million, approximately
$16.7 million is being provided from the Building Canada Fund, a key component
of the plan, and approximately $26.1 million is being provided from the
Province of British Columbia.
    "The Government of Canada is committed to improving transportation
safety. Highway 1 has long been identified as a priority for upgrades, and
this investment will complement the other important highway improvements that
have been announced since the signing of the Building Canada agreement in
B.C.," said Betty Hinton, MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo.
    "This priority project reflects our government's commitment to
infrastructure investments and fosters a stronger economy and a cleaner
environment," said the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities. "As part of Building Canada, we are investing
in infrastructure that enhances safety, improves the flow of goods and people
across the country, reduces congestion and cuts commuting times."
    "This project is an excellent symbol of our strong partnership with the
federal government on key infrastructure projects across the province," said
the Honourable Kevin Falcon, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure of
British Columbia. "These Trans-Canada Highway upgrades will improve traffic
flow, safety and efficiency through this important corridor, benefiting local
residents, commercial traffic, and tourists."
    "Converting this segment of the Trans-Canada Highway to 4 lanes will
greatly enhance traffic flow," said the Honourable Kevin Krueger, MLA for
Kamloops-North Thompson and Minister of Small Business and Revenue of British
Columbia. "Having a continuous four lane highway will benefit all vehicles
travelling though the area, increasing safety and reducing delays."
    "Expanding this stretch of highway will ensure safe and efficient travel
for commercial transport through the area," said Claude Richmond, MLA for
Kamloops. "This project addresses the growth in passenger vehicle and heavy
truck traffic through this corridor, preventing future traffic congestion."
    Federal funding for this project comes from the Building Canada Fund
under the $33-billion Building Canada plan. Funding approval is conditional
upon the Province of British Columbia completing an environmental assessment
under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and undertaking federal
aboriginal consultations pursuant to Section 35 of the Constitution Act.
    Through its unprecedented Building Canada plan, the federal government
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. On November 6, 2007, the Government of Canada and
the Province of British Columbia signed an Infrastructure Framework Agreement
under Building Canada worth $2.2 billion for infrastructure projects from 2007
to 2014.

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

    A backgrounder with further information is attached.

    
                                 Backgrounder
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     FUNDING FOR HIGHWAY PROJECTS ON THE CORE NATIONAL HIGHWAY SYSTEM
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                             IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
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    The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of the National Highway
System in British Columbia, and its ability to handle the ever-increasing
volumes of tourism and trade traffic. Along with the Province, Canada will
fund improvements to ensure that the condition of the highway system remains
consistent with national transportation standards for safety, as well as
enhance the efficiency of operations.
    These highway improvements are considered essential to increase the safety
of the road network in British Columbia and demonstrate the Government of
Canada's commitment to developing world-class infrastructure for Canada and
Canadians. The upgrades will reduce bottlenecks, and improve the flow of
people and goods, providing benefits both regionally and nationally.
    Federal funding for these improvements will come from the Building Canada
Fund and the Base Funding Programs under the $33-billion Building Canada plan.
    The Building Canada Fund advances national priorities that are important
to all Canadians: a stronger economy, a cleaner environment, and better
communities, while addressing local and regional infrastructure needs. The
national priority funding categories for the Building Canada Fund are: Core
National Highway System, drinking water, wastewater, public transit, and green
energy.
    Other highway improvements will be supported through the Building Canada
plan's Base Fund component, which provides $25 million per year to British
Columbia through to 2014.
    On November 6, 2007, the Government of Canada and the Province of British
Columbia signed a Framework Agreement that provides approximately $2.2 billion
to the province through the federal government's Building Canada plan. This
funding will be provided between 2007 and 2014, through various funds, such as
the Gas Tax Fund, the Provincial/Territorial Base Funding and the Building
Canada Fund.

                                                                July 2008
    




For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700;
Dave Crebo, Communications Director, Ministry of Transportation and
Infrastructure, (250) 387-7787; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa,
(613) 993-0055; Bobby Martin, Office of Betty Hinton, MP for Kamloops -
Thompson - Cariboo, (613) 995-6931; Transport Canada is online at
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