MP Patrick Brown announces Barrie’s second installment from annual $2-billion federal transfer available for municipal infrastructure
November 29, 2013
Barrie, Ontario, November 29, 2013 – Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced that the second installment of Canada’s Gas Tax Fund for 2013 has been made available to The City of Barrie. This installment makes available a total of $ 7,879,180.50 to Barrie this year to support local infrastructure priorities.
"Our Government is proud to invest in important infrastructure projects like the Hotchkiss Creek Outlet project, the Gowan and William St. storm outlets, completion of the Stormwater Management Facility Asset Management Plan and landfill re-engineering. These monies have also gone towards resurfacing over 22 kilometres of our city roads since 2009. We are proud to support economic growth across Central Ontario by supporting local infrastructure priorities through this fund. As a government, we are squarely focused on creating jobs, promoting growth, and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada. Initiatives like the Gas Tax Fund are vital to cities like Barrie to help meet our infrastructure needs now, and in the future." said MP Patrick Brown.
In Ontario, this has meant access to close to $4.7 billion to date for community projects. Funding can currently be spent in the following areas:
Canada’s Gas Tax Fund provides long-term funding to help municipalities build and revitalize their local infrastructure. Funding is provided up front, twice a year and the Government of Ontario, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the City of Toronto administer the program across the province. Projects are chosen by local governments and support the local infrastructure priorities of each community.
The Government of Canada has made the $2 billion a year in funding under the Gas Tax Fund permanent. As announced in Economic Action Plan 2013, the program is now indexed at 2 per cent per year, with increases to be applied in $100 million increments, starting in 2014. From 2014-2015 to 2023-24, this represents $21.8 billion in flexible, long-term funding for municipal infrastructure.click here to see full press release
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