Langley, BC – Today, Langley MP Mark Warawa highlighted the Conservative Government important changes to a renewed agreement with the Union of BC Municipalities for the federal Gas Tax Fund. The new agreement will provide stable funding for public infrastructure across British Columbia.
The federal Gas Tax Fund provides local governments with the flexibility to choose and plan infrastructure projects based on their specific priorities and provides them with more flexibility to support local infrastructure.
“This is an important announcement for communities across BC, like Langley,” said Langley MP Mark Warawa. “We have given more freedom to growing municipalities in BC to use the Gas Tax Fund to improve their communities.”
“Our Government heard from a number municipalities and constituents that told us that the criteria needed to be more streamlined, and we listened,” continued MP Warawa.
Since 2006, significant improvements have been made to the Gas Tax Fund; it has been extended, doubled, indexed and made permanent. By enshrining these commitments in legislation, provinces, territories, and local governments are assured of an ongoing funding stream to address community infrastructure needs and priorities. The renewed agreements will govern the flow of federal funds to each province and territory over the next 10 years, from 2014-15 until 2023-24.
With this agreement the Government of Canada is ensuring a seamless transition to the New Building Canada Plan, the largest long-term federal commitment to investing in Canada’s public infrastructure in our nation’s history.
- Canada’s Gas Tax Fund transfer has provided $13 billion to Canadian communities to date. Over the 10-year life of the New Building Canada Plan from 2014 to 2024, the Gas Tax Fund will provide close to $22 billion in funding for local governments.
- In total, the New Building Canada Plan will provide $53 billion in funding to communities across the country over the next decade. For British Columbia, this represents almost $3.9 billion in dedicated federal funding, including almost $1.1 billion under the New Building Canada Fund and an estimated $2.76 billion under the federal Gas Tax Fund*. British Columbia also stands to benefit from the Government of Canada’s following national funding programs:
- $4 billion available across the country for projects of national significance,
- $1.25 billion in additional funding available for public-private partnerships (P3) projects,
- $10.4 billion via the GST Rebate, which provides local governments across the country with additional resources to address their infrastructure priorities.
- Between 2006 and 2012, British Columbia’s local governments benefitted from funding from the Gas Tax Fund Agreement to support nearly 2000 local infrastructure projects. For example, during the last construction season, the federal Gas Tax Fund supported:
- $28.5 million to refurbish 114 SkyTrain TransLink vehicles in Vancouver;
- $1.68 million for an expanded, renovated recycling Centre in Ladysmith, Cowichan Valley Regional District;
- $1.2 million for green energy projects in Fort St. John; and
- $600,000 for roundabout construction on Summerland’s main traffic corridor.
- Eligible investment categories under this Fund include: drinking water; wastewater; solid waste; public transit; community energy systems; local roads and bridges; capacity building; disaster mitigation; broadband connectivity; highways; short-line rail; short-sea shipping; brownfield redevelopment; regional and local airports; and projects supporting culture, tourism, sport and recreation.
- A funding table is now available for all local governments in British Columbia receiving allocated funds: http://ow.ly/x4ip4.
- The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in BC, in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.
*NOTE: GTF funding by jurisdiction for the first five years (2014-2019) is based on 2011 Census data. GTF funding for 2019-2024 will be based on 2016 Census data. For illustrative purposes, Census 2011 data has been used for all 10 years. Due to the indexation of the GTF, funding for 2019-2024 is expected to be at least equal to GTF funding for the first five years.