Ottawa announces $828 million for Nova Scotia infrastructure projects

Nova Scotia has signed an agreement with Ottawa that will see it get $828 million in infrastructure funding over the next 10 years.

The province is the seventh province or territory to sign on to the $180-billion, 12-year Investing in Canada Plan.

Under the plan's first phase, the federal government has approved nearly 3,500 projects across Canada worth $8.4 billion.

Treasury Board President Scott Brison says the money for Nova Scotia will be used for public transit, green infrastructure, community, cultural and recreation projects and projects in rural communities.

Premier Stephen McNeil says the announcement will also allow the province to fund infrastructure projects in its 13 Mi'kmaq communities.

McNeil says the long-term funding will allow the provincial government flexibility to fund a wide range of projects that will benefit the entire province.
(The Canadian Press)

Funding breakdown

Public Transit
$289,589,324 to build new urban transit networks and service extensions that will transform the way Canadians live, move and work.

Green Infrastructure
$381,914,606 to support greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions; enable greater adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change and climate-related disaster mitigation, and ensure that more communities can provide clean air and safe drinking water for their citizens.

Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure
$51,245,475 towards community, culture and recreation infrastructure to build stronger communities and improve social inclusion

Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure
$105,743,756 to support projects that improve the quality of life in rural and northern communities by responding to rural and northern specific needs.