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Expanded program supports COVID-19 projects

The Yukon can now allocate up to $44.6 million toward infrastructure projects under a new COVID-19 Resilience funding stream, Yukon MP Larry Bagnell announced Wednesday.

By Whitehorse Star on August 6, 2020

The Yukon can now allocate up to $44.6 million toward infrastructure projects under a new COVID-19 Resilience funding stream, Yukon MP Larry Bagnell announced Wednesday.

That amount represents 10 per cent of the territory’s total allocation under the $33-billion-plus Investing in Canada infrastructure program, toward projects under the new COVID-19 Resilience funding source, the MP said.

He spoke following Wednesday’s announcement by Catherine McKenna, the minister of Infrastructure and Communities, of changes to the program to help address the current health crisis through quick-start, short-term projects.

The money could be used for such things as upgrading hospitals, long-term care homes and schools to deal with social distancing requirements.

It can also fund energy efficiency or reliability projects for communities on established electricity grids under the Arctic Energy Fund, or support disaster mitigation projects that protect against floods and fires.

The money “will help get more infrastructure projects underway faster, while continuing to support our long-term goals of building sustainable, economically vibrant, low-carbon, and inclusive communities,” the federal government said in a statement.

Projects under the new stream will be eligible for a significantly larger federal cost share – up to 80 per cent for provinces, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations in provinces, and raising it to 100 per cent for territorial projects designated under the new stream.

A simplified application process for funding will ensure that projects can get underway as soon as possible, the government said.

“Yukoners need help to protect their health, improve their quality of life, and create jobs as we deal with the health and economic fall-out of COVID-19,” said Bagnell.

“This flexible infrastructure funding will make it easier to invest in safety measures at schools, long-term care facilities and hospitals and to improve our energy security.

“Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country and builds stronger communities.”

Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, Ottawa is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and rural and northern communities.

“The COVID-19 Resilience stream will help other orders of governments whose finances have been significantly impacted by the pandemic by increasing the federal cost share for public infrastructure projects to 80 per cent in the provinces, and funding 100 per cent of the cost of projects in the territories and for projects with Indigenous recipients,” the government said.

To be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Resilience stream, the project’s eligible costs must be under $10 million.

Construction must be started no later than Sept. 30, 2021, and it must be completed by the end of 2022 in the territories and in remote communities.

Funding delivered through the federal Gas Tax Fund was accelerated this year to provide $2.2 billion in one payment in June to help communities quickly move forward with infrastructure projects that will stabilize local economies.

No information about the potential uses of the money was available from the Yukon cabinet before this story was posted.

Comments (12)

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Moose on Aug 12, 2020 at 7:09 pm


Yes the Prime Minister inherited most of his wealth and didn't work for it. This is the case with most (not all) people who have money, they are born into it or at the very least born with a big head start. So do you support an inheritance tax which would help level the the playing field? Or do you think trust fund babies should continue to inherit wealth so that they don't have to lift a finder throughout their life if they so choose?

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Josey Wales on Aug 11, 2020 at 8:51 am

Hey folks, moderation...seems a wee trend developing here?
Two posts of my participation, one very critical of our lispy (self proclaimed feminist) lady boy in Ottawa, the other a well thought out NON PARTISAN bit of participation....just vanished?

Kinda get the one..." the only thing that would surprise me...." vanishing, as a YLP or LPC (CCP) staffer or minion may have put heat on the Star.
The other, non partisan up for less than 24 hrs?

Larry needs a haircut, a tie and a spore of concern for optics and non cultural elites aka..everyone else.
When one chronically appears disheveled and looks like he just got outta bed, to hand out elitist cash and scold us...he ASKS for folks as me to articulate my POV on political windbags.

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My Opinion on Aug 10, 2020 at 5:55 pm

So who were the people that voted for Lame Larry yet again. He has been completely missing in action.

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Groucho d' North on Aug 9, 2020 at 9:39 am

Our grandchildren and perhaps their children will be paying this new debt off. All this money is borrowed for no purpose other than to give it away to make the Trudeau Liberals appealing to voters. The Prime Minister is a trust fund kid with a book full of blank cheques he doesn't need to pay back so logic and reason amount to nothing on what it gets spent on. Canada cannot afford this government and its juvenile error-prone leadership. Time for them to be replaced.

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Thankful on Aug 7, 2020 at 2:24 pm

Thanks to the conservative party for unanimously approving the liberals in their practical dictatorship and unlimited spending spree and destruction of the Canadian economy. The drug dealers are also thankful for all the free money now being spent on their products and actually killing more people than any flu.

Absolute insanity!
This crap would never have occurred with a PPC government.

The libcons have sure worked their magic in selling us all out to be perpetual debt and tax slaves with no freedom or opportunity and still importing newcomers while millions are unemployed.

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Wilf Carter on Aug 7, 2020 at 1:30 pm

This is such misleading program using CV-19 as a support name. This is not very respectful of anyone who had the disease or died from it. How does this help stop CV19???

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Wilf Carter on Aug 7, 2020 at 1:26 pm

I wonder where the kick back to liberal government is from spending this money such as financial support for liberals. So liberals give someone money for a project and then they donate it back to the liberal government. So is this why liberal funding has gone up because of liberals giving them money? This is going on in Ontario, Quebec and the east coast. I was talking to people in Ontario laughing about getting contracts from Federal Government and then making denotation to the party.

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Matthew on Aug 7, 2020 at 5:51 am

Ahhh throwing more money into the fire isn't going to help. We can't expect the same people who got us in this mess to get us out.. can't shut down economy over 9000 deaths = 0.0024% of population. Printing more money only devalues that money even more so! 2021 will be one heck of a financial hardship. Worse is yet to come..

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Josey Wales on Aug 6, 2020 at 9:47 pm

Here we go again, Larry getting ready to grease the "teams" cronies.
"No information about the potential uses of the money was available from the Yukon cabinet before this story was posted"

Money just sorts itself out, like federal budgets.
I am completely convinced Liberal ideologies are akin to a mental illness.

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Wilf Carter on Aug 6, 2020 at 6:10 pm

10% of $33 billion is not $44 million but $330 million. So can someone teach liberals math? Sandy you are a math teacher - Ha! Liberals are misleading and not telling the truth.
I was told the Yukon Government is getting $300 million maybe but lots of conditions that can't put out in public. Like housing we were promoted $350 million from liberals, but actual got $2.5 million a year. The Yukon Government cabinet has no understanding how to invest infrastructure money for the true benefit of Yukoners.

Before government spends any public funds they have to do cost social benefit analysis which our MP has no clue what that is and how it works. They only know political spending that has show 78% waste of money.
So if this is true then the $950 million that Larry promoted Yukoners for infrastructure is only 5% as we are actual getting $44 million of what he promoted.
So, how can you trust your federal government on anything when they lie to you all the time?

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Tater on Aug 6, 2020 at 3:56 pm

Who is paying for this?

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Groucho d'North on Aug 6, 2020 at 2:03 pm

Yet another vote-buying slush fund. Recall the Legislature and prepare a financial update for Yukon taxpayers so we can better understand how much has already been spent and on what, and if it really is related to the pandemic.
I just watched the Prime Minister's testimony in the House of Commons finance committee, it does not inspire any confidence that all is above board when money is involved with this government. Here, watch this and decide for yourself: https://youtu.be/WFwQmwWt4SA

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