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6/18/2014 - Canadian Public Works Association Events at Congress

CPWA is pleased to announce these “can’t miss” speakers and events organized by the Canadian Public Works Association at Congress in Toronto:


Building Canada—Canada’s New 10-Year Infrastructure Plan and Its Commitment to Canadian Communities

Monday, August 18, Noon–1:30 p.m. (This is a luncheon and an additional fee applies)

Mr. Peter Braid, M.P, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities; Member of Parliament (Kitchener-Waterloo, ON)

Mr. Peter Braid, M.P

As Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities, Peter Braid, M.P. (Kitchener-Waterloo) knows the nation’s infrastructure is a key element in the success of the nation’s economy, and Canada’s ability to remain a leader in an increasingly competitive world. Equally important is the role that infrastructure investment plays in assuring Canada’s municipalities meet their goals as vibrant, economically competitive, sustainable, and resilient communities. Mr. Braid will discuss the Government’s commitment to infrastructure with the new 10-year Building Canada Plan, and how municipal infrastructure will prosper under the Plan.

Mr. Braid was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to serve as the Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities in September 2013. As Parliamentary Secretary, he assists the Minister for Infrastructure, serving as a liaison between the Minister and Parliament and the government caucus and also fulfilling departmental responsibilities. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and was re-elected in 2011.


The Role of Public Private Partnerships in Funding Infrastructure in Canada

Monday, August 18, 10:00 am – 10:50 am

John McBride, CEO, PPP Canada Mark Romoff, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships

$1.25 billion in funding has been allocated in the new Building Canada program for public-private partnerships. Join us for a discussion with PPP Canada CEO John McBride and Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships President Mark Romoff on the role of public private partnerships in funding infrastructure and gain more insight into how to make these partnerships work.

John McBride
John McBride was appointed as the inaugural CEO of PPP Canada in February 2009. PPP Canada leads the federal government’s efforts to create value for taxpayers through the successful use of P3s. Since 2009, the Corporation has worked with federal, provincial and municipal clients to facilitate over $3 billion of P3 projects. PPP Canada is the lead advisor on federal P3 projects and leverages the $1.2 billion P3 Canada Fund to increase the use of P3s by provinces, municipalities and First Nations. Mr. McBride has over 25 years of experience working with the public and private sectors in infrastructure development and finance in Canada and abroad.

Mark Romoff
Mark Romoff is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP). Established in 1993, CCPPP is a national not-for-profit non-partisan, member-based organization with broad representation from across the public and private sectors. Its mission is to promote innovative approaches to infrastructure development and service delivery through public-private partnerships with all levels of government. The Council is a proponent of evidence-based public policy in support of P3s, facilitates the adoption of international best practices, and educates stakeholders and the community on the economic and social benefits of public-private partnerships.

Please visit the APWA Congress website to explore more opportunities for education sessions, roundtable events, and tours of public facilities in Toronto.

6/1/2014 - Canada - Show Us How You Celebrate/Educate for NPWW

Send Us Your 2014 National Public Works Week Entries by June 20!

CPWA will be accepting your NPWW Celebration Entries to the CPWA National Public Works Week awards program for 2014 until June 20th.

This is the 54th year of celebration for National Public Works Week in North America. Since its beginning in 1960, agencies, municipalities, and regions have used this week to educate and inform the public about the essential role that public works plays in the quality of their community life. Equally important are promoting the choice of public works as a career choice for the working force of the future and recognizing those whose who currently serve in these crucial public roles.

We invite and encourage your agency and community to submit your events to the CPWA National Public Works Week awards program.

The criteria, instructions,and application are outlined in the document linked here:

- NPWW Awards Application and Criteria   ( National Public Works Week 2014 Awards Criteria and Application(pic).docx )
5/29/2014 - Minister Lebel Update on the New Building Canada Plan

Dear CPWA Members,

CPWA President Darwin Durnie is forwarding you the following letter from Minister Denis Lebel to Mayors. The letter is an update from the Minister on the New Building Canada Plan and has been forwarded with the approval of the Ministers Office.

Dear Mayor,

I am writing to provide an update on the implementation of the New Building Canada Plan (NBCP) – the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in Canadian history.

As you know, our Government has announced a federal investment of $70 billion for infrastructure over the next decade, including the $53 billion NBCP for provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure. The NBCP consists of three key funds: the Community Improvement Fund, which consists of the renewed Gas Tax Fund (GTF) and the incremental Goods and Services Tax (GST) Rebate; the New Building Canada Fund; and a renewed P3 Canada Fund.

Our Government's commitment to municipalities has never been stronger. Under the New Building Canada Fund, $1 billion is dedicated for municipalities under 100,000 residents through the Small Communities Fund. This funding is in addition to the $32.2 billion that all municipalities will receive through the indexed federal Gas Tax Fund and the incremental GST rebate over the next decade. This represents 70 percent of new funding under the NBCP.

I am very pleased to inform you that our Government has now implemented all aspects of the NBCP.

The renewed GTF agreements were sent to all provinces and territories on November 5, 2013, and most are finalized or nearly completed. The seamless transition to the renewed GTF will ensure that this significant federal funding flows to municipalities, enabling you to address local priorities.

And, I was very proud to launch the New Building Canada Fund on March 28, 2014. This new program is now “open for business” and Infrastructure Canada is able to receive and assess priority project applications. Just like the previous Building Canada Fund, provinces and territories must prioritize projects. We are working with all provinces and territories to identify their priority projects and approve federal funding support. If you have not done so already, I invite you to contact your provincial government to discuss your priority projects, and submit them for funding consideration under the New Building Canada Fund. Please visit Infrastructure Canada’s website to obtain all the necessary information to apply:

The launch of the NBCP is a culmination of years of engagement and consultation undertaken by our Government in the development of this new long-term infrastructure plan. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been a key partner in this process and has provided valuable input from the municipal sector. The FCM, in fact, was the only national organization that was invited to every consultation round table held across the country in 2012, and they have been engaged extensively since.

Throughout the consultations, for example, one of the FCM’s top priorities was the indexation of the GTF. We delivered by indexing the program at 2% per year, which will add $1.8 billion for municipalities over the next decade. The FCM also requested more flexibility for municipalities to prioritize their local infrastructure projects under the GTF. We delivered by adding 11 project categories. These changes build upon the other improvements our Government has made to the GTF in recent years, including the doubling of the program from $1 billion to $2 billion annually, and legislating it as a permanent program.

Throughout the consultation phase on outstanding program parameters for the NBCF, the FCM prioritized six principles as the priorities for municipalities. Through regular and frequent meetings with me, my Parliamentary Secretary, Peter Braid, and my staff, I am pleased that we were able to deliver on all six principles. This includes: the share of funding reserved for municipal infrastructure, which now sits at 70% of the NBCP; the establishment of a merit-based fund reserved for smaller communities; steps that have been taken to streamline the application and P3 processes, including removing the requirement for Framework Agreements with provinces and territories; support for municipal capacity building through the GTF; and a five-year review of the NBCP.

I am very proud of the work that we have done together in the development and implementation of the NBCP, and I am particularly pleased that we have delivered significantly on the priorities of municipalities.

I look forward to a strong partnership with your municipality and continued close collaboration as we work towards supporting world-class infrastructure projects through the NBCP in communities all across Canada.

Yours sincerely,
Denis Lebel

Madame la mairesse/Monsieur le maire,

Je vous écris pour faire une mise à jour concernant la mise en œuvre du Nouveau Plan Chantiers Canada (NPCC), qui est le plan d’infrastructure le plus long et le plus important de l’histoire du Canada.

Comme vous le savez, notre gouvernement a annoncé un investissement fédéral de 70 milliards de dollars pour la prochaine décennie pour les infrastructures, dont le NPCC de 53 milliards de dollars pour les infrastructures provinciales, territoriales et municipales. Le NPCC comprend trois principaux fonds: le Fonds d’amélioration des collectivités, qui se compose du Fonds fédéral de la taxe sur l’essence (FTE) renouvelé et du remboursement additionnel de la taxe sur les produits et services (TPS); le Nouveau Fonds Chantiers Canada; et un Fonds PPP Canada renouvelé.

L’engagement de notre gouvernement envers les municipalités n’a jamais été aussi fort. Le Nouveau Fonds Chantiers Canada (NFCC) prévoit 1 milliard de dollars pour les municipalités de moins de 100 000 habitants dans le cadre du Fonds des petites collectivités. Ce financement s’ajoute aux 32,2 milliards de dollars lors des dix prochaines années qui sont destinés à l’ensemble des municipalités, au titre du Fonds fédéral de la taxe sur l’essence et du remboursement additionnel de la TPS, et qui représentent 70 pour cent du nouveau financement du NPCC.

Je suis très heureux de vous informer que notre gouvernement a maintenant mis en œuvre tous les éléments du NPCC.

Les ententes du FTE renouvelé ont été envoyées à l’ensemble des provinces et territoires le 5 novembre 2013 et la plupart d’entre elles sont maintenant finalisées ou en bonne voie de l’être. Une transition en douceur entre le FTE original et le FTE renouvelé garantira que ce financement fédéral important est versé aux municipalités, afin de vous permettre de répondre aux priorités locales.

De plus, je suis fier d’avoir lancé le NFCC le 28 mars dernier. Ce nouveau programme est maintenant opérationnel et Infrastructure Canada est en mesure de recevoir et d’examiner les demandes relatives à des projets prioritaires. Tout comme c’était le cas dans le cadre du Fonds Chantiers Canada original, les provinces et les territoires doivent prioriser les projets. Nous collaborons avec l’ensemble des provinces et territoires afin d’identifier leurs projets prioritaires et ainsi approuver le soutien fédéral en matière de financement. Si vous ne l’avez pas déjà fait, je vous invite à communiquer avec votre gouvernement provincial pour discuter de vos projets prioritaires et, le cas échéant, afin de les soumettre pour examen aux fins d’un financement. Pour obtenir tous les renseignements nécessaires pour présenter une demande, je vous invite à consulter la page Web d’Infrastructure Canada, à l’adresse suivante:

Le lancement du NPCC est l’aboutissement de plusieurs années d’engagement et de consultations menées par notre gouvernement pour l’élaboration de ce plan d’infrastructure à long terme. La Fédération canadienne des municipalités (FCM) s’est révélée être un partenaire clé durant ce processus, et elle a fournie une précieuse contribution du secteur municipal. La FCM est en fait la seule organisation nationale invitée à chacune des tables rondes de consultation qui ont eu lieu dans tout le pays en 2012, et depuis, elle a continué à participer de façon intensive.

Tout au long du processus de consultation, l’une des principales priorités de la FCM était l’indexation du FTE. Nous avons livré en indexant le programme à raison de deux pour cent par an, ce qui ajoute 1,8 milliard de dollars de financement pour les municipalités au cours de la prochaine décennie. La FCM a également demandé que les municipalités bénéficient de plus de souplesse pour prioriser leurs projets locaux d’infrastructure aux termes du FTE. Nous avons répondu à cette demande en ajoutant 11 catégories de projets. Ces changements renforcent les autres modifications que notre gouvernement a apportées au FTE ces dernières années, entre autres quand il en a doublé le montant annuel, faisant passer celui-ci de 1 à 2 milliards de dollars, et quand il a rendu le programme permanent par voie législative.

Tout au long de la phase de consultation sur les paramètres de programme du NFCC en suspens, la FCM a priorisé six principes comme étant des priorités pour les municipalités. Au cours des nombreuses réunions que j’ai tenues avec mon secrétaire parlementaire, Peter Braid, et les membres de mon équipe, je suis heureux que nous ayons pu intégrer l’ensemble de ces six principes. Cela inclut: la part de financement réservée aux infrastructures municipales, qui est maintenant établie à 70 pour cent du NPCC; la création d’un Fonds au mérite réservé aux petites collectivités; les mesures prises pour simplifier le processus de demande et le processus des PPP, entre autres l’élimination de l’exigence relative à l’entente-cadre avec les provinces et les territoires; le soutien lié au renforcement des capacités municipales dans le cadre du FTE et l’examen quinquennal dans le cadre du NPCC.

Je suis très fier du travail que nous avons accompli ensemble pour l’élaboration et la mise en œuvre du NPCC et je suis particulièrement satisfait de nos importantes réalisations concernant les priorités des municipalités.

Je me réjouis du solide partenariat existant avec votre municipalité et de notre étroite collaboration qui se poursuit, alors que nous travaillons pour soutenir des projets d’infrastructure de classe mondiale dans le cadre du NPCC, et ce, dans l’ensemble des collectivités du Canada.

Veuillez agréer l'assurance de mes meilleurs sentiments.

Denis Lebel