Manitoba’s 2014-15 Core Infrastructure Report Shows Record $1.032 Billion Investment in Roads, Flood Protection, Municipal Infrastructure
September 30, 2015
Targeted PST Funds Helps Province Replace Aging Infrastructure, Create Thousands of Jobs, Boosts Economy: Premier Selinger
The Manitoba government’s second annual report on building and upgrading core infrastructure supported by targeted PST revenue shows a record investment of $1.032 billion in 2014-15, a 22 per cent increase over the previous year, Premier Greg Selinger announced today.
“This is the first time the province has invested more than $1 billion in building better roads, bridges and flood protection,” said Premier Selinger. “Investing in core infrastructure creates good jobs today, strengthens our economy and is an investment in our children’s future.”
In 2014, the Manitoba government launched a five-year, $5.5-billion core infrastructure plan to stimulate the economy by improving provincial roads, highways, bridges and flood protection as well as helping municipalities improve their infrastructure. The Conference Board of Canada reviewed the plan and projected it would boost the provincial economy by $6.3 billion, hike exports by $5.3 billion and help create 58,900 jobs over five years.
The report for 2014-15 shows the investments in infrastructure boosted the economy by $1.31 billion, advanced exports by $699 million, increased retail sales by $225 million and created more than 9,755 jobs, the premier said.
Specific investments included:
- a total of $692 million* for roads and highways:
- $535 million on major projects such as 176 kilometres of PTH 6, 141 km of PTH 10, PTH 12 to Steinbach and 45 km of PTH 59 north;
- $145 million on maintenance and preservation including 424 km of seal coating and 344 km of microsurfacing; and
- $16 million for other infrastructure such as air and marine ports and northern runways.
- a total of $63 million** for flood protection:
- $52 million in major water control projects,
- $1.8 million on dam rehabilitation, and
- $11 million for maintenance and preservation work.
- a total of $277 million in municipal infrastructure.
Premier Selinger pointed out that as part of the overall investments in municipal infrastructure the Government of Manitoba invested about $46.4 million in Winnipeg road renewals. The premier added that is a record investment and part of the five-year $250-million commitment to upgrade Winnipeg roads.
“These investments go far beyond just building more highways and overpasses. They equip our trade-reliant economy with a transportation system that makes us more productive and competitive as we grow our global trade footprint,” said Chris Lorenc, president, Manitoba Heavy Construction Association. “Think about our major trade routes, such as Highway 75 and the $19 billion of north-south trade it supports, or the Perimeter Highway connected to the Trans-Canada Highway, which links our country coast to coast, or CentrePort Canada Way, which moves products more cost-effectively. These important systems help sustain the 240,000 jobs in Manitoba directly or indirectly enabled by trade.”
“These infrastructure investments are investments in the trade corridors that connect Manitoba to opportunity across North America,” said Terry Shaw, executive director, Manitoba Trucking Association. “These expenditures are essential for allowing us to do our job of connecting Manitoba wholesalers, manufacturers, contractors and farmers to markets across the continent. Our provincial economy is dependent on trade and trade is dependent on safe and efficient pathways. We welcome these record infrastructure investments.”
In 2013, the province committed to matching additional revenues from the PST increase with new investments in core infrastructure, over and above the $729 million invested prior to the PST increase. In 2014-15, the additional point of PST raised $275 million and set the target to meet the commitment to $1.004 billion. The total provincial investment of $1.032 billion exceeded that target by $28 million.
“The report shows we’re on track to meet our commitments to Manitobans,” said Premier Selinger. “We’re building like never before and our economy is steady and strong.”
The premier noted the annual report meets a government commitment to be open and accountable on matching new revenue from the one-point PST increase with new investments in core infrastructure.
The 2014-15 Core Infrastructure Report and Conference Board of Canada analysis are available at www.steadygrowth.ca.
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* NOTE: The total investment is $696 million, which includes $3.7 million in federal recoveries, so the provincial investment is $692 million.
** NOTE: The total investment is $64.8 million, less federal recoveries of $1.3 million, for a provincial investment of $63 million.