Convention centre funding won’t affect roads
Recent media coverage of our government’s efforts to secure federal funding for a new convention centre may have left some Nova Scotians with the impression that funding for a new centre would come at a cost to much needed road projects.
I want to assure all Nova Scotians that our funding request for the convention centre will in no way affect our ability to deliver on our recently released Five-Year Highway Improvement Plan. This plan is a long-term blueprint for building and maintaining a highway system that connects communities and boosts our economy, and I encourage everyone to view the plan online at www.gov.ns.ca/tran.
Our government’s commitment to roads has been demonstrated over the last two years through the largest highway improvement budgets in the province’s history. We know that building and maintaining roads and infrastructure creates thousands of jobs, allows local businesses to transport goods to market, connects Nova Scotians to vital services, employment and education, and leads visitors to every corner of the province.
We are seeking federal convention centre funding under the Build Canada Plan, which has supported a wide variety of projects across the province, including roads, bridges, recreation centres, water and waste water systems and broadband.
To date, about two-thirds of this funding has been allocated to road improvements, and the rest to other important infrastructure projects around the province, including the Pictou Recreation Center, AppleDome, Queens Place Recreation Center, HRM Library, Canada Games Mainland Common, Lunenburg Recreation Centre, Central Nova Civic Centre and East Hants Soccer Field.
The convention centre is another worthy candidate for funding under this program. Indeed, Build Canada funding has been provided to convention centres in other provinces.
The Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia calls the new convention centre one of the most significant investments in the province’s tourism sector in decades and a key economic generator for the entire province.
We remain committed to growing our economy by investing in a variety of infrastructure projects that will create jobs and local economic benefits right across our province.