Negotiations begin on Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program

by Canadian Shipper

Transport Canada has begun negotiations with the provinces and territories on the Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP).

In the February 2000 Budget Speech, the Government of Canada committed to investing$600 million over four years on highway infrastructure across Canada.

“Highway infrastructure is critical to Canada’s ability to safely and efficiently transport people and goods, and to compete in the North American economy. This program builds upon the successful partnerships we have developed with other levels of government and the private sector under previous programs,” said David Collenette, federal Transport Minister.

Transport Canada will begin negotiating immediately with the provinces and territories to identify which highway projects will be considered a priority for funding. Projects will include continued twinning of parts of the Trans-Canada Highway, widening of highways, and construction of interchanges.

“The funds identified under SHIP will also advance the deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems across Canada and fund improvements to border crossings,” said Collenette.

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