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Premier Ball Announces $555.9 Million Agreement for Community Infrastructure

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced the signing of a bilateral agreement with the Government of Canada under the Investing in Canada Plan that will provide more than $555 million in federal funding over the next decade for community infrastructure projects.

The Investing in Canada Plan will see the provincial and federal governments make unprecedented investments in public transit, green infrastructure, recreational, cultural, and community infrastructure, as well as rural and northern communities. Additional information regarding the allocations for each of the four streams of the program over 10 years is provided in the backgrounder below.

The projects supported through this agreement will involve contributions from the provincial, federal, and municipal governments and other partners. A call for applications for potential projects will be made by the Provincial Government in the coming weeks.

This initiative delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation, enhance efficiency, and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

Investing in Canada Plan – Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador will receive a total of $555,842,846 from 2018-2028 through this agreement.

Allocations by funding

Funding Stream Allocation Expected Outcomes at Project Completion*
Public Transit $109,071,324 to build new urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way Canadians live, move and work. · Improved capacity of public transit infrastructure

· Improved quality and safety of existing and future transit systems

· Improved access to public transit systems

Green Infrastructure $302,364,807 to support greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions; enable greater adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change and climate-related disaster mitigation, and ensure that more communities can provide clean air and safe drinking water for their citizens. · Increased capacity to manage more renewable energy

· Increased access to clean energy transportation

· Increased energy efficiency of buildings

· Increased generation of clean energy

· Increased structural capacity and increased natural capacity to adapt to climate change impacts, natural disasters and extreme weather events

· Increased capacity to treat and manage wastewater and stormwater

· Increased access to potable water

· Increased capacity to reduce or remediate soil and air pollutants

Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure $39,768,539 towards community, culture and recreation infrastructure to build stronger communities and improve social inclusion. · Improved access to and increased quality of community, cultural and recreational infrastructure for Canadians, including Indigenous Peoples and vulnerable populations
Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure $104,638,175 to support projects that improve the quality of life in rural and northern communities by responding to rural and northern specific needs. · Improved food security

· Improved and more reliable road, air and marine infrastructure

· Improved broadband connectivity

· More efficient and reliable energy

· Improved education and health facilities that benefit Indigenous peoples (specific to Truth and Reconciliation Commission)

 

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