EDMONTON, ALTA. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced $51 million in infrastructure funding for the city of Edmonton as part of the government’s municipal infrastructure top-up outlined in the 2019 federal budget.
In 2018 Edmonton received $51 million in federal funding for local infrastructure priorities, making a combined total of $102 million.
Edmonton is currently putting federal funding towards construction of the Edmonton Downtown Community Arena, replacing its bus fleet with low-emission vehicles. new funding will also allow for upgrading of transportation routes, expansion of recreational facilities and improvement of water and wastewater systems.
“Since 2016, our government has invested in thousands of infrastructure projects across the country. This year, we are doubling funding for local priorities to help leaders like Mayor Iveson complete important infrastructure projects, create good, middle class jobs, and make our communities better places to live,” Trudeau said.
“This investment answers our call for the federal government to work directly with local government. It’s a recognition of our local frontline expertise and ability to be a good partner in delivering projects that will directly contribute to the local economy and a better quality of life for Edmontonians,” Edmonton mayor Don Iveson said.
The funding is part of a one-time transfer of $2.2 billion through the federal Gas Tax Fund to address short-term priorities in municipalities and First Nations communities across the country.
Projects under the fund can be used for economic growth, including highways, local roads, public transit and local airports, as well as environmental projects such as drinking water, wastewater and community energy systems.
Sport and recreation facilities, along with culture, tourism and capacity building are all covered under the top-up.