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  • George Lessard
    Mar 22, 2013
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      Infrastructure money for community-based broadband
      Here are three references to "infrastructure" as community-based broadband
      in the new Federal Budget:

      > Building Canada Fund
      > Economic Action Plan 2013 provides $14 billion over 10 years to support
      infrastructure projects of national, regional and local significance. The
      new Building Canada Fund will have two components:
      >
      > . A $4-billion National Infrastructure Fund that will support
      investments in projects of national significance, such as highways, public
      transit, and gateway and trade corridor-related infrastructure.
      > . A $10-billion Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Fund that
      will support projects of national, regional and local significance in
      communities across the country in a broader range of categories including
      highways, public transit, drinking water, wastewater, CONNECTIVITY AND
      BROADBAND, and innovation.


      > The Community Improvement Fund includes:
      > . $21.8 billion over 10 years through Gas Tax Fund payments.
      Currently $2 billion per year, it is proposed that these payments be
      indexed at 2 per cent per year, starting in 2014-15, with increases to be
      applied in $100-million increments. The Government will conclude new Gas
      Tax Fund agreements before the end of current agreements on March 31, 2014.
      The list of existing eligible investment categories will be expanded to
      include: highways, local and regional airports, short-line rail, short-sea
      shipping, disaster mitigation, BROADBAND AND CONNECTIVITY, brownfield
      redevelopment, culture, tourism, sport, and recreation.

      > Support for First Nations Infrastructure Economic Action Plan 2013
      proposes $155 million over 10 years for First Nations on-reserve
      infrastructure from the new Building Canada Fund, in addition to allocations
      from the Gas Tax Fund.
      >
      > Under the new Building Canada plan, the Government will continue to
      provide support for investments in First Nations infrastructure projects on
      reserve such as roads, bridges, energy systems as well as other First
      Nations infrastructure priorities.
      >
      > Funding of $155 million over 10 years will be allocated from the National
      Infrastructure Component of the new Building Canada Fund to the First
      Nations Infrastructure Fund managed by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
      Development Canada. Funding from the Gas Tax Fund component of the
      Community Improvement Fund will also be allocated to the First Nations
      Infrastructure Fund, with this allocation based on First Nations population
      on reserve.
      This Fund focuses on five priority areas: improving First Nations energy
      systems (linking to power grids, sustainable energy systems), BROADBAND
      CONNECTIVITY, garbage disposal (including landfills and recycling), road
      and bridge projects, and improving community capacity for infrastructure
      planning. Funding allocated from the new Building Canada Fund and the Gas
      Tax Fund will be at least equivalent to the level of funding allocated
      under the 2007 Building Canada plan.

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