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Government Seeks Input on Municipal Infrastructure Support

 

The Alberta government is engaging with municipalities and other stakeholders about how to most effectively restore funding to the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP).

The Alberta government is engaging with municipalities and other stakeholders about how to most effectively restore funding to the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP).

“Restoring funding to STIP will help municipalities build the transportation infrastructure they need to encourage economic growth and support their communities. We want to get it right. That’s why we’re committed to engaging with our key stakeholders and determining how they can best use this program to benefit all regions of the province.”

Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation

“As AAMDC members manage the majority of Alberta’s roads and bridges, a strong partnership between the Government of Alberta and rural municipalities is essential to building a strong rural transportation network. The AAMDC appreciates the Government of Alberta’s willingness to collaborate with rural municipalities to design a program that best meets their needs.”

Al Kemmere, President of Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties

“Investment in transportation infrastructure is essential to urban municipalities across the province. In particular, community airports, bridges and roads are important transportation links that have been under-resourced and are in need of capital improvements. We are pleased that Alberta Transportation is restoring funding to STIP, and AUMA members look forward to providing input on how to best use STIP funding to benefit our communities.”

Lisa Holmes, President of Alberta Urban Municipalities Association

In November 2015, government announced it was restoring funding to the Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program – beginning in April 2017 – to municipalities and other eligible stakeholders. The program has been unfunded for new projects since 2012-2013.

The STIP provides financial assistance to smaller and rural municipalities for developing and maintaining key transportation infrastructure to promote economic growth and improve mobility, through strategic, project-specific investment in capital construction and rehabilitation of important local transportation infrastructure such as local bridges, community airports, and resource roads.

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