Canada’s Gas Tax Fund supports infrastructure improvements across Halton Region

Key initiatives of Halton Region’s Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan include managing our existing system to ensure water and wastewater infrastructure are in a state of good repair and constructing key infrastructure to meet existing and future growth demands. Our 2013 Operating Budget features an increased investment in the Region’s water and wastewater maintenance program ($3.1 million) and state-of-good-repair capital program ($8.7 million) to ensure the existing infrastructure is appropriately maintained to provide service to the residents of Halton.

Canada’s Gas Tax Fund is an important source of infrastructure funding for the Region. The Fund provides municipalities with a source of long-term, stable and flexible funding for environmentally-sustainable infrastructure such as local roads and bridges, public transit, water and wastewater, solid waste management and community energy systems. At the end of 2012, Canada’s Gas Tax Fund had provided a total of $70.9 million in funding to support 75 infrastructure projects in Halton Region.

The Fund addresses immediate local infrastructure investment needs and also allows Halton Region to plan ahead for long-term priorities. Halton Region’s gas tax allocation for 2010 to 2014 is nearly $13.5 million annually.

Canada’s Gas Tax Fund is a Government of Canada funding program that is administered in Ontario by the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO). For more information, visit www.gastaxatwork.ca.

Halton’s infrastructure needs are also driven by new growth. Regional Council believes very strongly that any new growth in Halton must pay for itself and that taxpayers should not be burdened with the cost of growth. We, with our Local Municipal partners, will continue to advocate to the Provincial and Federal government for long term financial investments and legislative tools that will enable Halton to recover infrastructure costs.

For more information on current Regional construction projects, visit www.halton.ca/construction.

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