Halifax, July 16, 2021— The health and safety of all Canadians are top priorities for the Government of Canada. Communities across the country are on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, and need immediate assistance to ensure their public infrastructure is safe and reliable. That is why the Government of Canada is taking decisive action to support communities and stabilize the economy.
Today, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for South Shore—St. Margarets, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Brendan Maguire, Minister of Municipal Affairs, announced that Nova Scotia has received more than $58 million through the new Canada Community-Building Fund (CCBF) for the 2021–22 fiscal year, and will soon receive a top-up of over $55 million. This top-up doubles the amount of money that Nova Scotia communities received through the program in 2020-21, enabling them to carry out infrastructure projects that support the well-being of their residents. Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, was also in attendance.
The CCBF provides communities with stable and flexible funding for their infrastructure priorities across a wide range of categories. For example, the County of Antigonish was able to go green with renewable energy solutions through a municipal solar photovoltaic project. Thanks to federal funding, the Municipality of the District of Barrington is supporting local tourism by investing in the North East Point Boardwalk.
As of June 29, 2021, what was once known as the Gas Tax Fund has been renamed the Canada Community-Building Fund. This name change better reflects the program’s evolution over time and will not alter or modify the objectives or requirements of the program.
Fire halls and fire station infrastructure have been added as an investment category for the program. This addition will contribute to the program’s objective of building stronger and more resilient communities.
By enabling communities to plan for their current and future needs, and build or improve the infrastructure that will help them thrive through any circumstance, the CCBF is a critical tool that will help ensure Nova Scotia remains among the best places in the world to live for generations to come.