Building stronger communities across Manitoba with federal Gas Tax Fund
First of two annual funding transfers now available for more than 135 communities across the province
August 10, 2018 Winnipeg, Manitoba – Infrastructure Canada
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 has delivered the first of two $36-million annual instalments of the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) to Manitoba. In total, the province will be provided with over $72 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 the RM of Brokenhead, GTF funds will go toward safety improvements for the community’s arena, with the installation of new boards for the ice rink and a new fire alarm system. In the RM of Minto-Odanah, an additional water pump will be installed at the water treatment plant, increasing its capacity so that more households can benefit from reliable water services. In Portage la Prairie, funding will be used to replace the aging Island Park bridge with a 3-lane causeway, improving traffic flow and establishing a safer crossing that will serve the community for decades to come.
Recreation, roads and water systems 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.
“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
“By investing in community infrastructure across the province we are ensuring our municipalities not only continue to grow but are strong, sustainable places to live. The federal Gas Tax fund responds to local priorities and gives municipalities a fair say in how the funding is invested in their communities. Our government continues to focus on strategic investments that contribute to economic growth, job-creation and value-for-money for Manitoba residents.”
Honourable Jeff Wharton, Minister of Municipal Relations
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.
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Governement of Manitoba
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