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Kingston Residents Celebrate the Widening of John Counter Boulevard

August 2, 2013 -

Project made possible thanks to federal Gas Tax Fund 

Residents and businesses of Kingston benefit from federal Gas Tax Fund investments to advance local infrastructure priorities. Today, federal and municipal representatives celebrated the completion of the John Counter Boulevard widening, which will contribute to enhancing the quality of life in Kingston for years to come.

"Our government is proud to invest in road improvement projects like the widening of John Counter Boulevard, which provides safer travel for local residents and visitors," said Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds—Grenville, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. "Our government's infrastructure investments through the Gas Tax Fund will continue to generate economic growth and job creation here in Kingston and across Canada for years to come."

"The expansion of John Counter Boulevard (JCB) is a major local infrastructure priority in Kingston," said Kingston Mayor Mark Gerretsen. "This project was made possible through funding from the federal government, the development community and Council's commitment to improving our local infrastructure. The expansion of this major arterial road will help our residents now and into the future. We look forward to continuing to work with the other levels of government on the next phases of this project." 

"Canada's Gas Tax Fund delivers for Ontario's municipalities by meeting our pressing need for infrastructure investment," said Russ Powers, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). "Through our unique federal-municipal partnership, municipalities invest the Fund exactly where it is needed the most which helps to make our communities safer, more efficient and prosperous."

John Counter Boulevard is an important east-west arterial road in a growing employment and shopping area and acts as a link to four of Kingston's main thoroughfares: Montreal Street, Division Street, Princess Street and Taylor-Kidd Boulevard. Thanks to this project, residents and businesses of Kingston will enjoy improved traffic flow, safer and more efficient travel through this thoroughfare.

The Government of Canada contributed over $1,000,000 from the federal Gas Tax Fund to this project, with the City of Kingston providing the balance of the total project costs of approximately $17.4 million.

The federal Gas Tax Fund provides long-term funding to municipalities across the country to build and revitalize their local infrastructure. The Government of Canada has invested over $10 billion to date in municipal infrastructure through this program, and passed legislation to make it a permanent transfer of $2 billion per year. As part of Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government committed to index the Gas Tax Fund to provide additional funding for communities going forward. Between 2010 and 2014, the City of Kingston will receive more than $28.7 million from the Gas Tax Fund to improve local infrastructure.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's 444 municipal governments. AMO delivers Canada's Gas Tax Fund to Ontario municipalities, except Toronto, twice a year, on a per capita basis. The Ontario model is unique and has proven to deliver through its transparency and effectiveness. Municipalities rely on the Fund's administration model which provides flexibility and a long-term, predictable and stable allocation to invest in local priority projects.

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For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Web feeds, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca.

For more information on the Federal Gas Tax Fund at work in Ontario communities, visit www.gastaxatwork.ca or @GasTaxInOntario on Twitter.

For more information on phase one of the reconstruction project to widen John Counter Boulevard to four lanes, visit www.cityofkingston.ca/jcb.

Contacts:

Marie-Josée Paquette - Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
613-943-1838

Christina Thomson - Assistant to the Mayor
City of Kingston
613-546-4291, ext. 1405

Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer
City of Kingston
613-546-4291, ext. 3116

 Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251 or toll-free 1-877-250-7154