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