The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North was joined today by the Honourable Todd Stone, B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, as well as Stewart Young, Mayor of the City of Langford, to announce federal-provincial funding for the construction of an interchange on the Trans-Canada Highway at the intersection of Admirals Road and McKenzie Avenue, as well as to announce federal, provincial and municipal funding for the extension of the Westshore Parkway, which will connect the Trans-Canada Highway to Highway 14 in Langford.
The Highway 1 Admirals Road/McKenzie Avenue Interchange project will include the construction of a new interchange on the Trans-Canada Highway at the intersection with Admirals Road and McKenzie Avenue.
The Westshore Parkway extension project will involve the construction of a two-lane road, approximately 3.5 kilometres long connecting Highway 1 to Highway 14. Upgrades will include the integration of a middle turning lane where required, new bike lanes on both sides of the roadway, sidewalks in the residential areas, the installation of sewer and stormwater infrastructure, as well as streetlights, transit stops and boulevard medians.
Collectively, these upgrades and enhancements will help improve traffic flow between two of the fastest growing communities in British Columbia, while reducing collision rates and improving pedestrian/cyclist safety throughout the Capital Regional District.
The New Building Canada Plan is the largest and longest federal infrastructure plan in Canada’s history. This unprecedented commitment is providing $53 billion to support provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure between 2014 and 2024.
Over this ten year period, British Columbia will benefit from approximately $3.9 billion in dedicated federal funding, including almost $1.1 billion under the New Building Canada Fund.
These projects are part of the Province of B.C.’s 10-year transportation plan, B.C. on the Move and represent a priority in the plan to deliver upgrades throughout the province that reduce congestion and improve mobility along major corridors.
- The Government of Canada has selected the Highway 1 Admirals Road/McKenzie Avenue Interchange project for funding consideration of up to one half of total eligible costs, to a maximum of $32,647,500 under the New Building Canada Fund’s Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-National and Regional Projects. This funding is conditional on the project meeting applicable federal eligibility requirements with respect to the New Building Canada Fund and on the signing of a contribution agreement.
- The Government of British Columbia will be contributing approximately $52,352,500 towards the Highway 1 Admirals Road/McKenzie Avenue Interchange project. Approval of this funding is pending provincial Treasury Board approval. The total estimated cost of this project is $85,000,000.
- The Government of Canada will be contributing up to $7,450,856 to the extension of the Westshore Parkway project under the New Building Canada Fund’s Small Communities Fund. The Government of British Columbia will also be contributing up to $7,450,856 to the project. The City of Langford will be responsible for the remaining costs of the project, which has a total estimated cost of $22,352,570.
- The Province’s C. on the Move plan for the improvement of the province’s transportation network provides a comprehensive road map for transportation investments and strategic policy actions over the next decade, and is supported by a $2.5 billion provincial investment over the next three years alone.
- The $53 billion New Building Canada Plan provides stable funding for a 10-year period, and includes:
- The Community Improvement Fund, consisting of the Gas Tax Fund and the incremental Goods and Services Tax Rebate for Municipalities, which will provide over $32 billion to municipalities for projects such as roads, public transit and recreational facilities, and other community infrastructure.
- The $14-billion New Building Canada Fund, which consists of:
- The $4-billion National Infrastructure Component that will support projects of national significance; and
- The $10-billion Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component for projects of national, regional and local significance. Of this amount, $1 billion for projects in communities with fewer than 100,000 residents through the Small Communities Fund.
- An additional $1.25 billion in funding for the Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Canada Fund administered by PPP Canada.