December 30, 2014
HALIFAX — Speaking in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence, today highlighted the benefits of the Government of Canada’s recent $5.8 billion investment that will continue to build and renew infrastructure across the country. Minister Nicholson’s announcement highlighted a $1 million investment that will refurbish single quarters housing for military personnel, and an investment of $385,000 for the repair and improvement of parking lots and roadways across Halifax harbour at 12 Wing Shearwater.
Announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on November 24, the new funding will lead to improvements in border infrastructure, federal laboratories and research facilities, museums, national historic sites, on-reserve schools, parks and marine conservation areas, ships, small craft harbours, transportation assets, and other federal buildings and assets. The new investment will help modernize and repair important infrastructure assets, create jobs, support services to Canadians and contribute to Canada’s long-term economic prosperity.
For Nova Scotia this new investment will also:
- Invest in the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.
- Improve the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.
- Reconstruct the wharf and refurbishment of other assets at Clark’s Harbour to provide safe berthing conditions for users.
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided an unprecedented level of funding to support investments in public infrastructure across the country. Economic Action Plan 2013 included $70 billion for public infrastructure over ten years, including the $53 billion New Building Canada Plan to support provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure that contribute to economic growth, job creation and productivity.
The Government will invest in infrastructure across the country to support Canadian heritage, First Nations education, defence, borders, research, small craft harbours, transportation and search and rescue. This includes:
- $2.8 billion to support infrastructure improvements to heritage, tourism, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada;
- $500 million for the repair and construction of on-reserve schools;
- $452 million to repair and upgrade Canadian Armed Forces facilities;
- $440 million to expedite the replacement of border infrastructure;
- Approximately $400 million to maintain, upgrade and construct federally owned buildings and other assets across Canada;
- $380 million for major repairs and upgrading of federal laboratories and research facilities;
- $288 million for repair and maintenance of small craft harbours;
- $204 million to support enhancements to federally owned and operated airports as well as improvements to VIA Rail Canada Inc.’s rail infrastructure;
- $191 million to undertake renewal and repairs of heritage and museum sites; and,
- $183 million for the repair and procurement of vessels and small craft for the Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries and Oceans Canada to support activities including search and rescue, science and conservation.
Press Secretary to the Minister of National Defence
Office of the Minister of the Department of National Defence
Department of National Defence