June 5, 2018 by David Kennedy
WINNIPEG—Ottawa continues to firm up its infrastructure funding deals with Canada’s provinces and territories, adding Manitoba as the latest region.
The federal government inked the $1.1 billion bilateral agreement June 4, committing hundreds of millions to public transit, green infrastructure and road and water systems upgrades across the province.
“This new agreement with Manitoba will provide the long-term predictable funding to meet the needs of all Manitobans, from those living in busy city centres to remote rural towns,” Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s minister of Infrastructure and Communities, said in a statement.
The deal with Manitoba commits approximately $546 million to improving the province’s urban transit networks, $452 million for green infrastructure and $113 million for rural and northern infrastructure. The bilateral deal also sets aside $61 million for work on community and recreation projects.
The agreement is the ninth Ottawa has reached with the provincial and territorial governments. Each has unlocked federal infrastructure cash promised under the government’s infrastructure plan.