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Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 10, 2018—The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are working together to make long-term infrastructure investments to create economic growth, build inclusive communities and support a low carbon, green economy–leading to a higher quality of life for all Canadians.
Under the $180 billion Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is signing new bilateral agreements with all provinces and territories, which will see more than $33 billion in federal investment in infrastructure projects across the country. The objective of these investments is to transform the way Canadians live, move and work in four priority areas:
- Public transit;
- Green infrastructure;
- Community, culture, and recreation infrastructure; and
- Rural and northern communities.
Nova Scotia will receive a total of $828,493,161 from 2018-2028 through this agreement.
Allocations by funding
|Funding Stream||Allocation||Expected Outcomes at Project Completion*|
|Public Transit||$289,589,324 to build new urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way Canadians live, move and work.||
|Green Infrastructure||$381,914,606 to support greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions; enable greater adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change and climate-related disaster mitigation, and ensure that more communities can provide clean air and safe drinking water for their citizens.
|Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure||$51,245,475 towards community, culture and recreation infrastructure to build stronger communities and improve social inclusion.||
|Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure||$105,743,756 to support projects that improve the quality of life in rural and northern communities by responding to rural and northern specific needs.||
* Outcomes will be obtained through projects which will be communicated in more details as they are announced.
These investments will make a positive difference in communities, resulting in the better movement of people and goods, providing clean air and water, and enabling smarter and more efficient cities.
The bilateral agreements will allow the Government of Canada and the provinces and territories to agree on shared results as well as a method of reporting on results on a regular basis. The bilateral agreements support the following long-term results:
- Increase the rate of economic growth in an inclusive and sustainable way;
- Improve environmental quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resiliency of communities;
- Improve mobility in Canadian communities;
- Make Canadian communities more inclusive and accessible; and
- Manage infrastructure in a more sustainable way.
Under these new bilateral agreements, the Government of Canada will not only make significant investments in Canadian communities, but also open the door to unique and innovative project ideas that meet the agreed-upon outcomes. These new ideas will contribute to the long-term sustainability of our infrastructure.
To ensure our partners consider opportunities to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions or better adapt to climate change during the project development stage, a new climate lens will be applied for certain projects. Partners will also report on how larger projects are creating job opportunities for a broader array of Canadians in the construction industry and related sectors through a new Community Employment Benefits framework.
For information on cost-sharing, please see Infrastructure Canada’s website.
“Long term investments in infrastructure are key to connecting people, creating good jobs for the middle class, and building our economy and our communities for the future. Canadians living, working and raising families in communities across Nova Scotia will be able to enjoy increased opportunities, and a more sustainable economic future. Collaboration and partnership have been at the heart of the success of our Investing in Canada plan and we will continue to work with provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous communities, stakeholders, and Canadians from coast to coast to coast.”Bernadette JordanMember of Parliament, South Shore-St. Margaret`s
- Under the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is investing 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.
- Under the first phase of the plan, Infrastructure Canada has approved nearly 3,500 projects worth a combined investment of more than $8.4 billion.
Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ Investing in Canada plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Investing in Canada plan project map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html