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2016 Canadian budget by the numbers

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by Vince Versace

Vince Versace

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Vince Versace is an award-winning journalist and photographer with almost 20 years of experience at daily, community and B2B newspapers.

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Ottawa - The 2016 federal budget presented by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals has major commitments set aside for infrastructure spending across Canada.
2016 Canadian budget by the numbers

 

"We all benefit when infrastructure is improved. New roads and bridges allow us to get around faster," said Bill Morneau, Canada's finance minister.

"Waste treatment plants, sewers and water mains keep water clean. Broadband connects us digitally. Social housing delivers affordable homes."

Here are 10 infrastructure investment highlights:

  • $120 billion over 10 years for infrastructure
  • $11.9 billion over five years to modernize and rehabilitate public transit, water and wastewater systems, provide affordable housing, and to protect infrastructure systems from the effects of climate change
  • $3.4 billion over five years to help maintain and upgrade national parks, harbours, federal airports, border infrastructure and support the clean-up of federal contaminated sites across the country
  • $2.3 billion over two years of the budget's initial $11.9 billion infrastructure commitment is to improve access to more affordable housing
  • $2 billion over three years for a new Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund to modernize on-campus research, commercialization and training facilities
  • $2 billion of the budget's initial $11.9 billion infrastructure commitment is for water and wastewater infrastructure and drinking water monitoring over five years
  • $281 million to support the construction of a new collection and conservation centre for the Canada Science and Technology Museum; the renewal of the National Arts Centre's performance venues; and repairs to the National Gallery of Canada, including its iconic windows
  • $270 million over five years to support the construction, renovation and repair of nursing stations, residences for health care workers and health offices that provide health information on First Nations reserves.
  • $191 million will be invested on federal trails and highways in national parks
  • $149 million in investments that will revitalize small craft harbours across the country.

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