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4/1/2014 - New Building Canada Plan is “Open for Business”

On March 28th, The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announced the launch of the New Building Canada Fund.

Mr. Lebel’s announcement means that the entire New Building Canada Plan is now "open for business," thereby ensuring what the Government hopes will be a seamless transition to the new program. Upon announcing the details he said "the Harper Government is helping to ensure that we are making the most of each and every construction season, including the upcoming 2014 summer season. Our existing federal infrastructure programs will continue to support over 2,500 ongoing or new infrastructure projects across Canada during 2014 alone. This is over and above the new projects that will be approved under the New Building Canada Plan over the course of the year."

Through the New Building Canada Plan, the Harper Government is providing an unprecedented $53 billion in stable, predictable funding over the next decade for public infrastructure across the country. Under the Plan, provinces, territories and municipalities will continue to have access to federal support for their infrastructure project priorities over the next decade. They will benefit from investments made through:

• The $4 billion National Infrastructure Component and the $10 billion Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component which will support national, regional and local projects, including the Small Communities Fund for projects in communities with fewer than 100,000 residents.

• The Community Improvement Fund, consisting of the Gas Tax Fund ($21.8 billion) and the incremental Goods and Services Tax Rebate for Municipalities ($10.4 billion), which will provide over $32 billion to municipalities for community infrastructure.

• The $1.25 billion in funding for the P3 (Public-Private Partnerships) Canada Fund.

• $6 billion in existing funding that continues to flow across the country this year and beyond under current infrastructure programs.

Updated information regarding details on applying for funding are available on the Infrastructure Canada website. Also included are FAQs which provide more detail on the elements of the program.

- New Building Canada Plan   ( http://infc.gc.ca/mo1064 )
2/24/2014 - Asset Management BC - Winter Edition

Asset Management BC has released its Winter Newsletter.

The attached link will bring you to the copy:

- Asset Management BC - Winter Edition   ( AMBC Newsletter Edition 10 Winter 2014.pdf )
2/13/2014 - CPWA Press Release - CPWA Commends Government Commitment to Infrastructure

For Immediate Release : February 13, 2014

Contact: Alan Young,Tactix Government Relations and Public Affairs, Ottawa, ON, Direct Line: 613-696-0866

CPWA Commends Government Commitment to Infrastructure

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire)--The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) commends the government’s announcement today regarding the New Building Canada Plan. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, announced the parameters of their flagship infrastructure program and reiterated the importance of investing in long-lasting infrastructure that improves the quality of life of all Canadians. The 10-year New Building Canada Plan will inject $53.5 billion in public infrastructure throughout the country.

“The Government’s commitment to stable, long-term infrastructure funding will help all sectors thrive” said Darwin K. Durnie, president of the CPWA. “The Government has clearly recognized infrastructure as a social and economic driver and has continued to invest to make it a priority.”

“Furthermore, the 2014 budget announced this week provides additional funding for key projects that will improve the vitality of our economy. The added focus on core economic infrastructure is the right thing to do, and it will contribute to Canada’s long-term prosperity,” added Durnie.

“We applaud the government for this strong commitment which will provide predictable and flexible funding to communities of all sizes and needs across Canada,” said Durnie.

About CPWA
The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA), or Association Canadienne des Travaux Publics, was founded in 1986 to enhance the services of APWA to the Canadian public works community and to improve the quality of public works products and services to Canadian citizens. CPWA’s 2200 members in Canada, plan, build, operate, maintain and sustain the public works and infrastructure that improve our quality of community life. ###

- CPWA Press Release - February 13, 2014   ( CPWA Commends Government Commitment to Infrastructure FNL3 02 13 14 .pdf )
1/27/2014 - CPWA Announces Criteria for 2014 National Public Works Week Awards

CPWA is pleased to announce the CPWA National Public Works Week awards program for 2014.

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 join in the celebration and to join the CPWA National Public Works Week awards program.

Artwork to accompany the theme will be ready in February 2014.

The criteria is outlined in the document linked here:

- 2014 CPWA NPWW Criteria   ( National Public Works Week 2014 Awards Criteria and Application.docx )