To the Editor:
I am writing to clarify the statements made in the May 29, 2014 article in the Journal Pioneer ‘Show me the money.’
The federal government’s support for public infrastructure has never been stronger. The $53B New Building Canada Plan (NBCP) is the largest, and longest, federal infrastructure plan in our nation’s history.
For Prince Edward Island, this represents approximately $440M in dedicated federal funding, including more than $277M under the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF) and an estimated $163M under the federal Gas Tax Fund.
Our government has invested more in infrastructure than any other government in Canada's history. In P.E.I., major projects have been supported: the P.E.I. Convention Centre, the Summerside wind farm, the Charlottetown well field and the Charlottetown perimeter highway, to name only a few.
And I am happy to confirm that The New Building Canada Plan is now fully “open for business,” meaning that projects will be approved here in P.E.I. and across Canada over the course of the year, and for the decade to come.
In addition to the New Building Canada Plan, our existing federal infrastructure programs will continue to support over 2,500 ongoing or new infrastructure projects across Canada during 2014 alone.
In fact, over $6B continues to flow from the original Building Canada Plan and other government infrastructure programs.
Unlike Building Canada Fund 2007, we are not requiring framework agreements with provinces and territories, ensuring a seamless transition from the original Building Canada Fund to the New Building Canada Fund.
In fact, the application process is no different than it was under the 2007 Building Canada Fund. Provinces and territories have been sent all the necessary information in order to begin project intake.
Just as with the previous plan, it is the jurisdiction of the province to work with their municipalities to prioritize their infrastructure projects and submit them to the federal government for review.
I look forward to a strong partnership and continued close collaboration as we work towards supporting world-class infrastructure projects through the NBCP in communities all across Canada.
With the New Building Canada Plan, we are well on track to surpass the successes we have achieved to date. We will continue to support job creation, economic growth and modern public infrastructure that contributes to the quality of life of Canadians.
Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs