Atlantic Canada mayors press Ottawa to continue funding municipal infrastrucrure projects
fiscal year, will deliver its budget in March.
Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor John Morgan said the current deadline of March 31, 2011, for project completion under the federal stimulus infrastructure fund is simply too tight to meet for many important projects.
He said the mayors’ congress wants a nine-month extension to the fund.
“ Those federal funding dollars allow us to get work done when we otherwise wouldn’t be able to make it happen,” Morgan said.
“Stimulus funding, in particular, next year is $15 million going on the roads and related projects for the next budget year. We’re really at our limits in terms of doing that road construction within the time limits that are available.”
The congress is calling on all Atlantic Canadian members of parliament to support an extension of the program.