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Minister Anxious to Learn More About Federal Infrastructure Programs

first_imgTransportation and Public Works Minister Angus MacIsaac told his federal counterpart, Transport Canada Minister Lawrence Cannon, this week that he is ready to talk about how the province can take advantage of the infrastructure-related funding programs announced in the recent federal budget. Nova Scotia’s entitlement under the programs is expected to total several hundred million dollars over the next seven years. The programs include the Building Canada Program, the Gateways and Border Crossings Fund, the Equal Per Jurisdiction Funding Program and the P3 Projects Fund. Canadian provinces and territories have lobbied the government of Canada for long-term, stable and predictable infrastructure funding for many years. “Up until the recent federal budget, these appeals had fallen on deaf ears,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “These new funding programs will go a long way toward enabling Nova Scotia to achieve its full potential as an international transportation gateway, and facilitating much needed improvements to the province’s highway infrastructure.” Mr. MacIsaac said, “The province is looking forward to learning more about program parameters and to being able to put in place the agreements and protocols necessary to allow cost-shared projects to proceed as quickly as possible.” Mr. MacIsaac thanked Mr. Cannon for intervening on behalf of provinces and territories in the course of the deliberations leading up to the federal budget.last_img read more