11 Aug

Federal Gas Tax Fund transfer supports local infrastructure

Picton – The Government of Canada recently delivered the first of two annual installments from the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) to Ontario, which includes $1,535,847 for the County of Prince Edward.

“We will allocate these funds to several roads and bridge projects in 2017, which will in turn help create jobs and promote economic development in our community,” says Robert Quaiff, Mayor, County of Prince Edward. “As a rural municipality with many infrastructure requirements, the federal Gas Tax Fund is a welcome source of predictable financial support to address some of those needs.”

Introduced in 2005, the fund has delivered more than $7.9 billion dollars to Ontario communities. The fund makes more than $2 billion available each year, and provides each community across Canada with a permanent, predictable and indexed source of long-term funding. The funding is made available in two annual installments, in July and November.

“When we think of infrastructure we often imagine concrete, pipes, roads and bridges. That is great, but these are the building blocks of how we get to where we want to be and how well we enjoy being there,” says Neil R. Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte. “We should really envision our communities when this term surfaces, because infrastructure provides a foundation for our lives. That is why, when municipalities like Belleville, Quinte West, and Prince Edward County are able to get flexible, predictable funding, a range of needs that affect us all can finally be met. GTF funding helps people in our communities to be, and remain active participants, socially and economically. It is wonderful to see the Government of Canada helping municipalities build higher quality of life for current and future generations.”

The federal Gas Tax Fund offers significant flexibility. Local communities can make strategic investments across 18 different project categories, including roads and bridges, public transit, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and recreational facilities. Communities can use the funds immediately for priority projects, bank the funds for later use, pool the dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects, or use it to finance major infrastructure expenditures.

In the 2017 municipal budget, The County has allocated federal Gas Tax Fund money for the following projects:

• County Road 28 bridge replacement

• Black River and Outlet bridges deck condition survey

• County Road 1 rehabilitation

• Picton Main Street rehabilitation from Bridge Street to Spencer Street

• Wilson Road reconstruction

• Danforth Road reconstruction

“Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, communities across Ontario and the rest of Canada can direct federal funding to the infrastructure projects that address the most pressing needs of local residents and businesses, from improving drinking water to building new recreational facilities,” says The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “The Government of Canada is proud to deliver this predictable, long-term funding to help ensure access to good middle class jobs, increased mobility, greater economic opportunities, sustainable communities and a high quality of life for all Canadians.”

More information about the federal Gas Tax Fund in Ontario: https://www.amo.on.ca/AMO-Content/Gas-Tax/Canada-s-Gas-Tax-Fund

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For media inquiries, please contact Mark Kerr at 613.476.2148 ext. 1009 or by email at mkerr@pecounty.on.ca