Whitehorse – Justin Trudeau today made an historic announcement of the largest Infrastructure Plan in Canadian history ($60 Billion new dollars) that will create many Yukon jobs in projects that Yukoners have been asking for. “At a time when mineral prices have fallen, and Canada is sliding into recession, this will get many Yukoners back to work,” said Larry Bagnell, Liberal candidate for Yukon.
Eligible areas of support will include:
- Infrastructure due to permafrost melt in the North
- Affordable Housing (new and refurbished)
- Climate resilient northern infrastructure
- Seniors’ facilities
- Early Learning and Childcare (thousands of new spaces)
- Cultural and Recreation Facilities
- Roads and Bridges including for remote and rural regions
- Local Water and Waste Water
- Clean Energy
- Cleaning up Contaminated Sites
- Ensuring that affordable child care spaces are available to more families who need them.
“It is very progressive in that any unused funds, in any given year, will be added to the Gas Tax funds, so Yukoners will still get the benefits of this huge commitment each year, if Government does not process or approve enough projects to use any year’s allotment,” said Bagnell.
The plan is also flexible, and will allow a focus on local individual needs, rather than a top down approach from Ottawa.
“One of the reasons I am so excited is that in my community visits and door to door canvasing, Yukoners have asked for virtually everything on this list,” said Bagnell. “In fact 5 of the items came up, just last night while I was canvassing in Porter Creek.”
Another part of this historic announcement is the creation of both a Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and Green Bonds with low cost financing for green projects, such as smart grid technology, transmission lines for renewable energy, clean power storage, and electrification of transportation.