CHARLOTTETOWN, PE, Nov. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - Modern and efficient roadways are crucial to encouraging and supporting economic activity, facilitating trade, and creating good paying, middle class jobs. The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island are investing in well-planned infrastructure that will make it easier to move people and products safely across the country, while supporting sustained economic growth and productivity for years to come.
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Member of Parliament for Cardigan and Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Paula Biggar, PEI Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, today announced joint federal-provincial funding of over $1.3 million for a maintenance/capital project that will see the rehabilitation of main arterial sections on the National Highway System (NHS) and collector roads throughout the province.
The work includes the repaving and shoulder construction of over 9,586 metres of roadway in ten different locations across the Island. The sections to be rebuilt serve as the backbone of PEI's transportation system and are essential in connecting communities. Their rehabilitation will also provide numerous job opportunities and benefit the local economy.
Once the Maintenance / Capital 2017 project is completed, this project will ensure the structural strength, safety and efficiency of the overall road network, and extend the life of an existing infrastructure asset.
"As a large country that relies on trade for its economic success, Canada needs to ensure that people and products can move quickly and safely—whether from home to work, or from harvest to port. The improvements being made to PEI highways and roadways that we are announcing today are creating modern, safer and more efficient transportation corridors that will allow PEI to grow and thrive."
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Member of Parliament for Cardigan and Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Through continued investments in our provincial road system, the Governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island are supporting the long term development of our Island communities by keeping travelers safe, assisting our traditional industries to get their products to market and enabling economic and community growth. We will continue to make investments in infrastructure a top priority."
The Honourable Paula Biggar, Prince Edward Island Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy
- The Government of Canada is providing $595,500 through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects (PTIC-NRP) of the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF).
- Prince Edward Island is providing the remainder of the funding through its Department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy's 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan.
- 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.
- More than $10.1 billion of this funding will support trade and transportation projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Prince Edward Island: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/pe-eng.html
New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component, National and Regional Projects: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-eng.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, [email protected]; April Gallant, Senior Communications Officer, Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, 902-368-5112, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]