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Building stronger communities across Nova Scotia with federal Gas Tax Fund

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First of two annual funding transfers now available for 50 communities across the province

HALIFAX, Aug. 10, 2018 /CNW/ - Investing in modern, efficient public infrastructure is key to promoting economic growth, strengthening the middle class and developing healthy sustainable communities.

The Government of Canada delivered the first of two $29.2 million annual installments of the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) to Nova Scotia. In total, the province will be provided with over $58.5 million this year through the fund.

The GTF is a long-term, indexed source of funding that supports local infrastructure projects across the province each year. In Annapolis County, the GTF will support the installation of rural, high speed internet and wireless access to unserviced areas, allowing residents to connect with family and friends more often, and increasing access to online employment opportunities.

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality will begin a paving program for local and collector roads while also rebuilding curb, storm sewer and waterlines, to improve road and sidewalk safety. The Halifax Regional Municipality will revitalize the Halifax Transit Fleet with the purchase of new buses, replacing older buses. This will reduce maintenance costs, increase service reliability and lower carbon emissions.  

Broadband and connectivity, roads, and transit are only three of the 18 project categories eligible for funding under the program. This wide range demonstrates the flexibility of the GTF in allowing communities to direct their allocations to their most pressing local needs.

Quotes

"Local governments know best what their communities need, and the Government of Canada is proud to deliver stable, long-term funding that they count on to develop and maintain their public infrastructure. By investing in our communities, the Government of Canada is promoting economic growth and environmental sustainability, strengthening the middle class and helping ensure all Canadians have access to the opportunities they need to succeed."

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"The investments that Nova Scotia municipalities make with Gas Tax funds help build and revitalize local public infrastructure while supporting economic growth, a clean environment, and strong rural and urban communities."

The Honourable Chuck Porter, Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs

Quick Facts

  • The two federal Gas Tax Fund installments for this year flow to communities through the provincial government under the Investing in Canada plan. 
  • Communities can invest across 18 different project categories. They can also use the funds immediately for priority projects, bank them for later use, pool the dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects or use them to finance major infrastructure expenditures.
  • Through its Investing in Canada 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.

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2018-2019 federal Gas Tax Fund allocations in Nova Scotia by community:

Backgrounder

Nova Scotia's 2018-19 federal Gas Tax Fund allocations

The Government of Canada delivered the first of two annual $29.2 million federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) instalments to Nova Scotia. The funding will flow through the provincial government to the 50 communities listed below. In total, the GTF will provide over $58.5 million this year for local infrastructure projects.

2018-19 GTF allocations per community1

 

Ultimate Recipient

Allocation 2018-19

Amherst

$710,074

Annapolis Royal

$54,342

Annapolis

$874,762

Antigonish (Rural Municipality)

$666,420

Antigonish

$325,640

Argyle

$358,388

Barrington

$347,604

Berwick

$160,023

Bridgewater

$699,107

Cape Breton

$6,817,618

Chester

$616,150

Clare

$386,433

Clark's Harbour

$45,749

Colchester

$1,762,312

Cumberland

$1,240,655

Digby (Rural Municipality)

$385,961

Digby

$178,972

East Hants

$1,133,337

Guysborough

$355,807

Halifax

$26,551,460

Inverness

$707,952

Kentville

$470,705

Kings

$2,212,111

Lockeport

$41,573

Lunenburg (Rural Municipality)

$1,214,141

Lunenburg

$208,879

Mahone Bay

$83,897

Middleton

$143,789

Mulgrave

$58,816

New Glasgow

$815,730

Oxford

$94,807

Pictou (Rural Municipality)

$1,082,977

Pictou

$229,485

Port Hawkesbury

$247,210

Queens

$703,427

Richmond

$494,436

Shelburne (Rural Municipality)

$249,756

Shelburne

$135,440

St. Mary's

$146,543

Stellarton

$344,556

Stewiacke

$84,140

Trenton

$157,632

Truro

$999,866

Victoria

$444,638

West Hants

$754,633

Westville

$234,259

Windsor

$257,081

Wolfville

$335,199

Yarmouth (Rural Municipality)

$507,392

Yarmouth

$597,135


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1 Amounts listed per municipality exclude administrative costs.

 

For more information on the Gas Tax Fund, please visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html

For more information on the federal Gas Tax Fund in Nova Scotia, please visit: http://www.novascotia.ca/dma/funding/infrastructure/gas-tax-fund.asp

Associated links

Investing in Canada, Canada's long-term infrastructure plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html

Federal infrastructure investments in Nova Scotia: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/ns-eng.html

The federal Gas Tax Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html

The federal Gas Tax Fund in Nova Scotia: https://novascotia.ca/dma/funding/infrastructure/gas-tax-fund.asp

Twitter: @INFC_eng 
Web: Infrastructure Canada

 

SOURCE Infrastructure Canada

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