Nova Scotia’s capital plan includes spending on highways, Halifax’s convention centre

Finance Minister Randy Delorey lays out capital spending plan, includes $82 million for building and renovating schools

Patricia MacInnis TC Media
Published on January 19, 2016

Premier Stephen McNeil officially announced plans for the new P-12 school in Bridgetown on Sept. 22. The project is one of eight new schools being built in the province this year, as part of the government’s 2016-2017 capital plan.

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HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government laid out its capital plan for the 2016-17 fiscal year Jan. 19, earmarking $645 million for infrastructure projects across the province

On the surface, it appears to be a significant spending jump from last year’s capital plan, which came in at $419 million, but the figure includes a one-time $162.2 million payment for the Halifax Convention Centre. Ultimately, that cost is expected to be shared among all levels of government when the project is complete ,with the feds contributing $51.4 the province and Halifax Regional Municipality each paying $56.4 million over a 25-year period

The bulk of the budget – $481 million – is allocated for highways, schools, hospitals and technology upgrades across the province, said Finance Minister Randy Delorey during a press briefing. Building and land spending plans include $82 million for building and renovating schools.

The plan includes a $220-million investment on roads and highways through the province’s five-year highway improvement plan.

The government has also allocated $26.5 million for hospital improvements, including $1.5 million for planning around moving services from the aging Victoria General hospital in Halifax. The Centennial Building at the VG site -  which houses patient rooms, ICUs and operating rooms-  is almost 50 years old and has been plagued with water quality problems and other environmental issues over the year. Delorey said, from a project management perspective, it’s important the province plans wisely before relocating services.

“In the health-care sector, the risks of failing to plan adequately are far too great.”

Read the plan here.

N.S. Capital Spend Highlights

•    $222.5 million for highways and structures

•    $56.4 million contribution the Halifax Convention Centre

•    $82 million to build and renovate schools

•    $26.5 million for hospitals

•    $30 million for information technology projects

•    $17.8 for vehicles and equipment