Released on July 18, 2014
Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament for Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre, was joined by Nancy Heppner, Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, today to announce the first eligible project in Saskatchewan under the New Building Canada Fund.
This project will include the construction of 19.5 km of new twinned highway; the construction of a bypass north of the Village of Clavet which includes approximately 7 km of new highway for both lanes, and the construction of a CN railway crossing. This project will improve safety and efficiency for travellers. It will also support the economic growth of Saskatchewan, in particular the agricultural sector, by providing better access to one of the largest canola crush facilities in Canada.
The New Building Canada Fund is a component of the New Building Canada Plan, the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in Canada’s history. This unprecedented commitment will provide $53 billion over the next decade to support provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure.
Over the next ten years, Saskatchewan will benefit from more than $1 billion in dedicated federal funding, including almost $437 million under the New Building Canada Fund.
“We are pleased to work with Saskatchewan to approve projects under the New Building Canada Plan to ensure that infrastructure funding continues to flow as we focus on creating jobs, promoting growth, and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada,” Lukiwski said on behalf of Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities, and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. “Canada’s highways are important links between our communities. The Highway 16 twinning project will focus on promoting economic growth in the region, improving mobility in central Saskatchewan, and increasing safety for all those who use our highway system. Projects like this showcase our government’s unprecedented investments in Canadian infrastructure.”
”Saskatchewan is growing at an unprecedented rate and nowhere is that more apparent than Saskatoon and area,” Heppner said. ”Twinning Highway 16 improves safety and efficiency on a busy section of the National Highway System.”
To learn more about the New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – National and Regional Projects, please visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nrp-pnr-prog-eng.html.
For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html.
To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada’s Economic Action Plan at www.eap.gc.ca.
- The Government of Canada is conditionally setting aside up to 50 per cent of eligible costs, to a maximum of $22,824,000 for this project under the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component, National and Regional Projects (PTIC-NRP). This funding is conditional on the project meeting applicable federal eligibility requirements with respect to the New Building Canada Fund and the signing of a contribution agreement.
- The Government of Saskatchewan will be responsible for all remaining funding for this project.
- The $53 billion New Building Canada Plan provides stable funding for a 10 year period, and includes:
- The Community Improvement Fund, consisting of the Gas Tax Fund and the incremental Goods and Services Tax Rebate for Municipalities, which will provide more than $32 billion to municipalities for projects such as roads, public transit and recreational facilities, and other community infrastructure.
- The $14 billion New Building Canada Fund, which consists of:
- The $4 billion National Infrastructure Component that will support projects of national significance; and
- The $10 billion Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component for projects of national, regional and local significance. Of this amount, $1 billion for projects in communities with fewer than 100,000 residents through the Small Communities Fund.
- An additional $1.25 billion in funding for the Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Canada Fund administered by PPP Canada.
- $6 billion in funding continues to flow across the country this year and beyond under existing infrastructure programs.
For more information, contact:
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs
Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure