Mayor applauds provincial commitment to CBRM capital plan
Created: Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:13
April 23, 2013
SYDNEY, NS – SYDNEY, NS – Mayor Cecil Clarke said today's announcement by the Nova Scotia government to commit to cost sharing with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality is "an important and critical next step to improved outcomes for the only city outside of our province's capital".
"I'm pleased that we have reached this point through respectful and strategic discussions with the Province," said Clarke. "I am looking forward to partnering with Minister MacDonell to present a common, co-operative approach to the federal government in Ottawa."
Clarke said it is important to keep in mind that the capital plan is "not just about the dollars and cents, it's about a better result. It's about jobs and infrastructure improvements that will better position our region for economic opportunities ahead."
Tomorrow morning , the Mayor, Councillors and CBRM officials will be meeting with provincial legislators in Halifax about the impact of the plan on jobs and the economy.
The CBRM capital plan is a five-year $300 million plan that invests in roads and infrastructure to meet federal wastewater requirements. The roads component of the plan, $100 million in total, creates 360 direct jobs annually plus an equal number of indirect jobs. Cape Breton's unemployment rate is 18.6 per cent.