Today, Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable James Aylward, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced funding for upgrades to healthcare and recreation facilities in Charlottetown.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital will see upgrades to the air handling units across several levels and a portion of the roof will be replaced. These improvements will provide better air control and greater insultation for a more energy efficient building. Beach Grove Home and the Hillsborough Hospital will both benefit from the installation of new generators to guarantee a minimum of 48 hours of backup power, minimizing the risk of power failure and hospital evacuations. Beach Grove Home will also receive new nurse calling systems and a new roof.
Royalty Centre’s electrical system will be upgraded to improve its efficiency and reliability. Finally, accessibility features will be improved at the Eastlink Trade Centre along with other upgrades ahead of the 2023 Canada Winter Games.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $4.1 million in the projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream and the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure program, while the Government of Prince Edward Island is providing over $1.2 million.
“Upgrading health and recreation infrastructure is critical to the Island’s economic recovery. These upgrades will help ensure healthcare staff and patients have access to the energy efficient and safe infrastructure required for quality medical care and provide Islanders with modern recreation facilities. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”
Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Infrastructure is about more than just bricks and mortar; it’s about the people we service and the communities that benefit from that infrastructure. These health infrastructure projects are vitally important to ensuring we have the most up-to-date building and facilities to operate our health care system.”
The Honourable James Aylward, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
“Health care is continually evolving and ensuring we have the appropriate, updated infrastructure is extremely important. Investing in health infrastructure is investing in the health and wellness of Islanders across the province, and making sure we are providing them with the highest quality medical care at all times.”
The Honourable Ernie Hudson, Minister of Health and Wellness
Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.
Under the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure stream, the federal cost share for public infrastructure projects is 80 per cent in the provinces, and 100 per cent in the territories and for projects intended for Indigenous communities.
To support smaller-scale projects, the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative is providing up to $31 million in existing federal funding to help communities adapt spaces and services to respond to immediate and ongoing needs arising from COVID-19 over the next two years.
The Government of Canada has invested over $405 million in 153 infrastructure projects across Prince Edward Island under the Investing in Canada plan.