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BUDGET 2013: $10 billion for federal infrastructure assets

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by Journal Of Commerce last update:Mar 22, 2013

In addition to the new Building Canada plan announced in the 2013 federal budget, the government is investing over $10 billion in federal infrastructure assets.
BUDGET 2013: $10 billion for federal infrastructure assets

OTTAWA

In addition to the new Building Canada plan announced in the 2013 federal budget, the government is investing over $10 billion in federal infrastructure assets.

Canadian Construction Association (CCA) director of government relations and public affairs Bill Ferreira says federal assets have been neglected for far too long.

“We’re quite happy to see that money invested into federal assets. We believe it’s going to make significant difference in not only the quality of the infrastructure, but in many cases these assets are absolutely critical to the economies of cities such as the Champlain Bridge in Montreal. We think there is a significant positive economic benefit from that investment, so we’re quite happy to see that.”

Investments include:

•$124.9 million to build a bridge-causeway between Nuns’ Island and the Island of Montreal, as part of the new bridge for the St. Lawrence River that will replace the Champlain Bridge.

•$25 million over three years to advance the Windsor-Detroit International Crossing project.

•$54.7 million in 2013–14 to support VIA Rail’s operations and $58.2 million over five years to maintain passenger rail services for remote communities that have limited access to the national transportation network.

•Up to $5 million in 2013–14 to support the rehabilitation of the Port Weller Dry Docks.

•Further funding for the rehabilitation of the Parliamentary Precinct.

•$248 million over five years to strengthen Canada’s meteorological services, which includes new investments in federal infrastructure.

•$19 million in 2013–14 on a cash basis for improvements to highways and associated bridges that pass through national parks.

•Investments in other federal infrastructure assets, including bridges, small craft harbours, ports, military bases and departmental accommodations across the country.

The government is exploring the P3 potential for the new bridge over the St. Lawrence River and the Windsor-Detroit International Crossing.

The government is also changing tis approach to procurement and will introduce measures to support the use of apprentices in federal construction and maintenance contracts.

In addition to these new investments, the government will make a number of significant investments in infrastructure assets over the next five years. Investments include:

•$53 million over the next two years for major steel repairs and reinforcement of the Honore Mercier Bridge in the Montreal area, bringing total project investment to $135 million.

•An estimated $81 million over the next four years in capital improvements at federally-owned airports across the country.

•$195 million over the next five years for the rehabilitation of various federal engineering and marine assets.

The government will also invest approximately $450 million over five years under the Small Craft Harbours Program, which supports maintenance and repair of the national network of harbours.

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last update:Mar 22, 2013

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