Building stronger communities across Prince Edward Island with federal Gas Tax Fund

Investing in modern, efficient public infrastructure is key to promoting economic growth, strengthening the middle class and developing healthy sustainable communities. 

The Government of Canada has delivered the first of two $8.25 million annual installments of the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) to Prince Edward Island. In total, the province will receive over $16.5 million this year through the fund.

The GTF is a long-term, indexed source of funding that supports local infrastructure projects across the province each year. In Abrams Village, the GTF will support the construction of new sidewalks, storm drains and ditches to increase pedestrian safety. The Town of Souris plans to build a multi-use cultural building for residents of surrounding communities. It will include a new public library, a space for an early childhood development organization, and space for theatrical and community events. 

North Rustico will use their GTF contribution to develop a fully serviced subdivision for single family homes, affordable housing, senior assisted living facilities and green recreational spaces. Tignish will replace 785 metres of sewer mains to improve wastewater infrastructure in the town. 

Culture, capacity building, wastewater infrastructure and roads are only four of the 18 project categories eligible for funding under the program. This wide range demonstrates the flexibility of the GTF in allowing communities to direct their allocations to their most pressing local needs. 


“Local governments know best what their communities need, and the Government of Canada is proud to deliver stable, long-term funding that they count on to develop and maintain their public infrastructure. By investing in our communities, the Government of Canada is promoting economic growth and environmental sustainability, strengthening the middle class and helping ensure all Canadians have access to the opportunities they need to succeed.” 

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Investments in Island communities make our province stronger, enabling growth while enhancing our cultural and recreational spaces, safeguarding the environment and ensuring access to reliable, safe, modern water and wastewater services. The Government of Prince Edward Island is committed to working with all levels of government to renew infrastructure throughout our province. 
The Honourable Paula Biggar, Prince Edward Island Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy

Quick Facts

•    The two federal Gas Tax Fund installments for this year flow to communities through the provincial government under the Investing in Canada plan. 

•    Communities can invest across 18 different project categories. They can also use the funds immediately for priority projects, bank them for later use, pool the dollars with other communities for shared infrastructure projects or use them to finance major infrastructure expenditures.

•    Through its Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities. 

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2018-2019 federal Gas Tax Fund allocations in Prince Edward Island by community:

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Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy
Government of Prince Edward Island 

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