Safe and efficient connections between our communities support the flow of people and products throughout our economy. Linking industries in every region of our province to domestic and global markets facilitates growth and prosperity driven by trade, increases tourism and provides wider access to labour markets for both employers and job seekers.
That’s why a re-elected Liberal government will continue to improve the safety of our highways, create good paying middle class jobs and modernize our trade corridors across Nova Scotia while supporting equitable economic growth and recovery.
Traffic congestion has been a decades old problem for Burnside commuters. That’s why we have invested $107 million to build the Sackville-Burnside Connector, a 9 km twinned highway that will connect highways 101, 102 and 118. When this is completed in 2023 it will ease congestion for commuters and provide greater access to markets for Burnside Industrial Park, which is the home to almost 2000 enterprises that employ roughly 30,000 Nova Scotians.
Our government will seek a partnership with the federal government to twin two key transportation corridors in partnership with the federal government, with an estimated $118 Million provincial contribution. This will create thousands of good paying middle class jobs and make our highways safer.
- Twin Highway 104 from Antigonish to Port Hawkesbury
- Twin the most dangerous sections of Highway 103 from Hubbards to Bridgewater
Construction is underway on an expansion of the Air Cargo Logistics Park at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport to increase access to global markets. This $36 million project is expected to create up to 3,000 jobs once operational, and greatly increase our province’s ability to export our products, especially from our fish and seafood sector.
Our Capital Plan demonstrates our ongoing commitment to our rural communities by increasing investment in core local infrastructure.
In 2017, the Liberal government created the gravel road program in order to address the need to maintain and improve gravel roads. A re-elected Liberal government will continue to invest in our rural communities by increasing the Gravel Road Capital Program by 50% to $30 million, and doubling the Rural Impact Mitigation Fund to $22 Million, ensuring that Nova Scotians have safe and reliable transportation infrastructure in communities across the province.
Affordable & Equitable Transportation
In order to make transportation costs fair and affordable for our rural communities we have removed the fees from our provincial ferries.
And, we will remove the tolls from the Cobequid Pass by October 1, 2021.
Supporting Those Who Protect Our Communities
Volunteer fire departments are part of the fabric of rural communities. They provide critical services in times of emergency, while serving as a gathering point for social activities.
Our government was pleased to support policy changes proposed by the Federal government, expanding the eligibility criteria for the Canada Community Building Fund program (formerly known as the Gas Tax Fund), to allow rural fire departments to qualify for infrastructure funding to upgrade and maintain their facilities.
Nova Scotia’s Liberal government has been a proud supporter of our rural fire departments, adding $900,000 to the Emergency Services Providers Fund in 2019 to help fire departments and ground search & rescue organizations with the cost of purchasing critical equipment that help protect our volunteer firefighters in the line of duty.
A re-elected Liberal government will continue to invest in our rural firefighters, by permanently increasing the budget of the Emergency Services Providers Fund to $2 million annually. This will provide the necessary support for rural fire departments to purchase protective equipment like breathing apparatus, boots and helmets, as well as essential operating supplies.
High Speed Internet Across 99% of Nova Scotia
While traditional infrastructure physically connects Nova Scotia to the world, we increasingly depend upon a robust communications grid to connect people and businesses digitally.
The government is currently investing $193 million in rural broadband infrastructure, ensuring that Nova Scotians benefit from fast, modern, stable internet connections to grow their business and connect families to their communities, their province and across the globe. By the end of 2023, 99% of Nova Scotian homes and businesses will have access to high speed internet as a result of investments by the Liberal government.