Brandon, MB - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris highlighted the benefits of the Government of Canada's $5.8 billion investment in infrastructure, designed to build and renew federal infrastructure assets across Canada.
For Southwestern Manitoba, this will include an investment in a new border crossing facility at the Boissevain Port of Entry located on Highway 10 outside the International Peace Gardens. In addition, there will be a new border crossing facility at the Sprague Port of Entry in Eastern Manitoba. These are two of the busier crossings in Manitoba and the new facilities will support the safe and efficient flow of travel and trade across the Canada-United States Border.
"With the New Building Canada Plan and the additional federal investment of $5.8 billion in federal public infrastructure, we are following through on our commitment to support infrastructure that benefits all Canadians," said Maguire. "Building and upgrading the vital infrastructure in Boissevain will not only provide our frontline officers with the resources they need, it will help foster our country's economic relationship with the United States, by ensuring the legitimate flow of goods, services and people across our shared border is as efficient as possible."
To date through 2013-14, the Port of Boissevain has processed more than 164,000 travellers and nearly 21,000 trucks. Since 2006, the Government of Canada has increased frontline border officers across the country by 26% and has provided them with the tools and support they need to do their jobs more effectively.
Announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on November 24, the new funding will lead to improvements in border infrastructure, federal laboratories and research facilities, museums, national historic sites, on-reserve schools, parks and marine conservation areas, ships, transportation assets, and other federal buildings and assets. The new investment will help modernize and repair important infrastructure assets, create jobs, support services to Canadians and contribute to Canada's long-term economic prosperity.
Maguire concluded, "I will always stand up for Southwestern Manitoba and be a strong voice for our region. Together we are getting results and we will continue to move projects forward that support economic growth."
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided an unprecedented level of funding to support investments in public infrastructure across the country. Economic Action Plan 2013 included $70 billion for public infrastructure over ten years, including the $53 billion New Building Canada Plan to support provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure that contribute to economic growth, job creation and productivity.
The Government will invest in infrastructure across the country to support Canadian heritage, First Nations education, defence, borders, research, small craft harbours, transportation and search and rescue. This includes:
- $2.8 billion to support infrastructure improvements to heritage, tourism, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada;
- $500 million for the repair and construction of on-reserve schools;
- $452 million to repair and upgrade Canadian Armed Forces facilities;
- $440 million to expedite the replacement of border infrastructure; including approximately $30 million for the Sprague and Boissevain ports of entry.
- Approximately $400 million to maintain, upgrade and construct federally owned buildings and other assets across Canada;
- $380 million for major repairs and upgrading of federal laboratories and research facilities;
- $288 million for repair and maintenance of small craft harbours;
- $204 million to support enhancements to federally owned and operated airports as well as improvements to VIA Rail Canada Inc.'s rail infrastructure;
- $191 million to undertake renewal and repairs of heritage and museum sites; and,
- $183 million for the repair and procurement of vessels and small craft for the Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries and Oceans Canada to support activities including search and rescue, science and conservation.