Governments of Canada and PEI invest in safer and more efficient roadways
Modern and efficient roadways are crucial to encouraging and supporting economic activity, facilitating trade, and creating well-paid, middle class jobs. The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island are investing in infrastructure that will make it easier and safer to move people and products across the province, while supporting sustained economic growth for years to come.
The Honourable Lawrence MacAuley, Member of Parliament for Cardigan and Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; and the Honourable Paula Biggar, Prince Edward Island Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, today announced joint federal-provincial support of over $7.9 million for a series of road improvements across the Province.
The Government of Canada is contributing more than $3.6 million through the New Building Canada Fund. The Province of Prince Edward Island will provide the remainder of funding.
The work will include resurfacing, widening, and adding roundabouts at locations across PEI’s National Highway System, National Roads and Community Connectors.
Today’s event also marks the completion of a number of previously announced projects that are contained in the PEI National Regional Projects Umbrella Agreement, with a total federal investment of over $14.9 million for roadway improvements.
These improvements increase safety, provide greater travel efficiency, and will extend the use of PEI roadways for decades to come.
“The province’s National Highway System, and National Roads and Community Connectors, are integral to the safe and efficient transportation of people and goods. We are committed to working in collaboration with our partners and showing flexibility to their regional needs. Our decision to add eligibility criteria to our infrastructure programs allowed for projects like the ones we are announcing today to happen for Islanders.”
The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay Member of Parliament for Cardigan and Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“The Province of Prince Edward Island played an integral role in expanded eligibility criteria for roads and bridges which is helping Canadians grow, prosper and thrive. By pooling our resources, the federal and provincial government – often in collaboration with municipalities and community partners – are making important investments that protect our province, keep travelers safe, assist our traditional industries, and enable economic growth.”
The Honourable Paula Biggar, Prince Edward Island Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy
- 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.
- More than $10.1 billion of this funding will support trade and transportation projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a 2-year federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:
- Skilled workforce/Immigration;
- Clean growth and climate change;
- Trade and investment;
Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ Investing in Canada plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Investing in Canada plan project map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Prince Edward Island: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/pe-eng.html
Smart Cities Challenge: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/cities-villes-eng.html
Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Senior Communications Officer
Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy